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When the pandemic arrived in 2020, Roberto Visani didn't just hole up with a new puppy or sourdough starter. He got to work on an art project that would span 19th-century history and 21st-century design technology. Over the next two years, the Brooklyn-based artist created a collection of sculptures that is nothing short of remarkable, both aesthet...

National Cold Cut Day was last month, on March 3. "Pre-cooked meats that are sliced and served hot or cold in a sandwich or on a tray. Purveyors of heart disease and diabetes." My Mom was the Queen of Cold Cuts. Depending on the day and her mood, my lunchbox contained salami and provolone with mustard on a bulky, bologna and cheese with mayo on Won...

John DiStaso, a veteran political reporter in New Hampshire who covered 11 first-in-the-nation presidential primaries, interviewing countless candidates and providing analysis on campaigns and elections, died Thursday after suffering a prolonged illness. He was 68. DiStaso, who spent the last seven years as a political reporter for WMUR-TV, was kno...

Between lunch and dinner hours on a Saturday, Dolce Amici, in Norway, was fairly quiet. A group of probably-70-somethings stopped in for gelato, hunkering down near the refrigerated display case, snow whirling past the front windows. A middle-aged woman sidled up to the bar for a cocktail and chatted with the staff while she waited for her takeout...

Though postponed twice by the pandemic, the 20th Longmeadow UNICO Food and Wine Tasting will finally take place this coming Saturday, April 23, and club members promise the event will be the best yet. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Center Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It will feature...

Mike DeFeo, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast general manager, has been announced as Southington UNICO’s 2021 Gold Medal of Honor recipient. The recognition is UNICO’s highest honor. Since 1945, the Gold Medal of Honor has been awarded to distinguished citizens in the Southington community. A dinner ceremony in recognition of DeFeo is planned for Wedne...

He might refer to himself as “The Donkey of Comedy” or “The Working Class Zero”, but the fact is that Vic Dibitetto is one of the funniest people on the internet. The Brooklyn native has an incredible digital audience of over a million followers on social media along with over 400,000 subscribers to his Youtube channel. After logging on, you can ch...

To encourage, support and develop entrepreneurial relationships between Italy and its best innovative realities with the Boston ecosystem. This is the goal at the base of the agreement signed between Entopan Innovation, an incubator/accelerator and open innovation hub based in Catanzaro, and 42N Advisors, B-Corp that aims to support Italian compani...

After weeks of intense voting, Hearst Connecticut readers have chosen the winner of the iconic eatery bracket. Edging out Sally's Apizza, the number two seed, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has claimed the top spot as the most iconic eatery in the state.  The apizza restaurant survived four rounds of voting, in which it fended off Modern Apizza, R...

Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. — VIRTUAL — Phoenix Books and Vermont Italian Cultural Association present an evening with New York Times bestselling author, Adriana Trigiani. Trigiani will be joining us on Zoom to talk about her upcoming book which will be on sale on Tuesday, April 26. Registration is free and required to attend the stream viewing on...

The Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport was the site of the 2022 Bridgeport Regional arm of the NCAA women’s basketball Sweet 16 and Elite Eight tournaments this past March. But at the end of the year, the arena will be filled, not with basketball fans, but opera fans. Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli is scheduled to perform. The tenor will be stop...

In West Springfield, people of all ages are coming together to play the sport of bocce. At the Dante Club in West Springfield, teams are set and the balls are rolling. The group is playing bocce, an Italian ball sport. “We’ve been playing since the 90s here, when we built the indoor bocce court, and we have anywhere between eight and 12 teams,” sai...