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Frank Pompei  is founder and CEO of Exergen, a maker of scanners, thermometers, and sensors. He credits his MIT education with equipping him to build a successful company, mindful of the possibilities created by his financial aid package. “My parents could never have sent me to MIT on their wages as factory workers,” he says.  Thriving at MIT and b...

About six or seven years ago, I had a friend send a take-and-bake lasagna dinner. Not to sound too Garfield-like, but a fresh made lasagna on your doorstep is always a godsend (it even improves a Monday). The lasagna was delivered from Fatigati's Fresh Pasta which, at the time, was on East Main Road in Portsmouth, right next to Ferreira's Package S...

A year after Hartford removed its statue of Christopher Columbus from the shadow of the state Capitol, a task force is preparing to recommend the city join countless others around the state and country in replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Renaming the Oct. 11 holiday is just one of several potential changes the city task force wi...

The best compliment a customer can give new Strega restaurant owner Danilo Mongillo after tasting the food is to tell him, “I’m back in Italy,” as they recall the tastes and vibes of trips there. “It happens frequently,” Mongillo said. “We want to give the experience you get when you’re traveling in Italy. It’s something Connecticut deserved.”For M...

Micalizzi's Italian Ice in Milford has a 1960's peace and love-themed decor. But since the shop opened in late May, the crowds it has attracted are reminiscent of the 80s or 90s - when Micalizzi's retail business was truly booming in Bridgeport. "We have a big following in Milford and most of our customers and friends moved out of Bridgeport 30 yea...

Although it was hot and storms were predicted, the Lodge went ahead with a wonderful barbecue for the June meeting. Laurie Rizzo of Laurie's 909 cooked up hotdogs, hamburgers and sausages. Members rounded out the meal by providing wonderful salads and desserts. There was discussion about which charities the lodge would support in 2021. It was decid...

After a two-year renovation, The Newbury Boston made its Back Bay debut in mid-May, transforming the former Taj Boston into a sleek, modern hotel. On Tuesday, Contessa, the hotel’s highly anticipated rooftop restaurant and bar, opened to the public for dinner and drinks, with breakfast, brunch, and lunch service coming in the near future.  Helmed b...

A slice-above-the-rest, Posto, Boston Neapolitan wood-fired pizzeria, is ranked the 10th best pizzeria in the U.S, according to a Big7Travel report. The Boston-based pizzeria’s savory Italian-imported ingredients, “finest ’00′ flour” and the flavorful “San Marzano tomatoes,” helped secure it’s No. 10 spot on the extensive “50 best pizzas from every...

Writer/Performer Frank Ingrasciotta treads the boards once gain performing his one-man play Blood Type: RAGU at the historic and newly-renovated Legacy Theatre in Stoney Creek, CT. This vintage theatre once housed Orson Welles renowned Mercury Theatre Company. Blood Type: RAGU will perform as a special event on Friday, July 9th and Saturday, July 1...

La Fenice opened its third location at 49 Main St. in Westport on Friday. The gelato and coffee shop's other two locations are in Greenwich and Rye, N.Y.   Simona Silvestri and Salvatore Scure run La Fenice, while their son Ricardo Galati manages it. La Fenice offers 24 flavors of gelato and sorbet and pastries such as scones and croissants. Almost...

One year ago, the Elm City took down its statue of Christopher Columbus, and the debate over what happened that day and what will replace it is still as divisive as ever. Hundreds filled this green to watch the statue come down a year ago today. Today, a much small group gathered, determined to get the statue back, but the mayor says the city is mo...

227-0765. That's the phone number for Regina Pizzeria in the North End of Boston. Area code 617. I regularly forget which name belongs to each of my three kids when addressing them, and I don't always remember their cell phone numbers either. But that Regina number comes into my head without thinking.  I imagine I learned it before I was even a tee...