The goal is remembrance and celebration and six artists are finding ways to honor the perseverance and resilience of immigrants, mainly through landscape and bronze, whether representational or abstract. Specifically, the focus is on the journey of Italians to Wooster Square in the mid-19th century, their struggles, successes and the legacy they le...

Over the weekend, neighbors and friends from near and far took part in the return of the Southington Italian-American Festival on Center Street, experiencing the tastes of the European Mediterranean in the form of food and fellowship. At the Southington UNICO tent, Patty Boissonneault was frying up “pateas,” she said, otherwise known as squash frit...

If you've read some of the articles that I've written over the years, you know my love for food, fairs, and local festivals. One of my favorite local events here in Connecticut is Waterbury's Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast. It was last weekend and I missed it this year. Just as we were about to head over to Highland Avenue this past Saturday, thunder...

The national debate over which city or state’s pizza is the best often includes mentions of New Haven’s apizza. But there’s a quieter — and sweeter — debate taking place online over the city's Italian pastry shops. In a Facebook group called “Wooster Square Cooks,” sharing favorite pastry shops — along with pizza places, recipes and food photos — i...

Lion’s Den Coffee Shop is the newest business to join the Southington Chamber of Commerce, offering authentic, European-style coffee and pastries. Located at 57 West Main St., Lion’s Den Coffee Shop features a wide selection of coffees from throughout the world. Customers can expect to find a relaxing atmosphere indoors, with soothing Italian music...

Sicily Coal Fired Pizza is more than the gourmet restaurant’s name suggests. One of the first things co-owner Tony Prifitera, who runs the place with his wife Maria, wants people to know is the thin and crispy New Haven-style pizza is just one offering at the 412 Main St. location. It is housed in the former three-story R.W. Camp’s department store...

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...

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...