by Dana Hatic   The frog family is expanding: Brad Brown of The Blue Frog Bakery has plans to open La Rana Rossa Pizzeria in the old Cafe Bartlett Square space, according to Jamaica Plain News. The name of the pizza place means "the red frog" in Italian, and will be a full-blown expansion of Brown's pop-up pizza concept he has debuted at the...

Earlier today, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's B&B Hospitality Group signed a lease on a space on Boston's Fan Pier and got one step closer to realizing a long anticipated Boston location. Construction will begin within the next few weeks; the restaurant will open in winter 2014.   Unlike B&BHG's New York City flagship, Babbo Risto...

Quattrocentoventicinque mila dollari raccolti (+40% rispetto al 2013); trecentocinquanta ospiti, inclusi i Sindaci di Boston e Roma; oltre settanta sponsor.   Questi i numeri di "italianissimo! 2014", annuale gala di beneficenza - giunto alla sua terza edizione - organizzato da FICCB e dal Consolato Generale d'Italia a Boston a favore della...

Sabrina Ponte, a freshman Music Business major, will represent Boston in the Miss Massachusetts 2015 Pageant in June. Ponte, 19, captured the title of Miss Boston at the Miss Boston/Miss Cambridge Pageant Sunday, Feb. 8, in Boston.   "I won!" the North Reading resident exclaimed in a text shortly after landing the crown. With the win co...

By Elizabeth Roman A bit of Springfield history is now a part of the official collection of books at the State Library of Massachusetts in the Statehouse. "On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family and Faith," the latest book released as part of The Republican's Heritage Series, was donated to the library by state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr.,...

Combining his Italian heritage and American patriotism, chef Dante de Magistris hosts a unique Italian American-inspired beer dinner in honor of Independence Day.   Reserve a seat at his riverside restaurant on Thursday, July 4th to sit down to five courses of Italiany fare paired with the beers of Maryland's Dogfish Head Brewery. The festiv...

by Dana Hatic Italia di Gusto will bring the most authentic tastes of Italy to Medford starting October 15. According to its Facebook page and a post on Chowhound, the specialty shop and eatery with its original locations in Italy will open to patrons along the Mystic River, offering "the best products," including cheese, salami, Parmigiano, jam,...

Come savor authentic Italian Cuisine alongside renowned Chef Lorena Autori of Umbria, Italy on her US tour as she hosts cooking classes and a delectable dinner complete with delicacies travelling with her from Italy. Born in Salerno, in Italy's Campania region and raised in Umbria Chef Lorena has a passion for quality Italian gastronomy.  ...

Food is one of Italy's most wonderful cultural contributions to the world, on a par with its unsurpassed art, architecture and other famous innovations. There is no single, monolithic Italian cuisine. Italian food culture is very regional. With a varied geography, and an even more diverse history, Italian cuisine changes, depending on where you are...

A rainy and wintery Tuesday afternoon, right before dark, I find myself standing inside a sleek, post-modern, environmentally friendly house, nested in the thick woods; inside, in a brightly lit room behind large glass windows, a group of middle-aged and distinct-looking people sit in a circle sipping warm steamy drinks.   A younger-looking...