It’s a birthday party for the history books - Ann Uccello turns 100 Thursday. She is being celebrated for her role in shaping Connecticut history. When Uccello was elected mayor of Hartford in 1967, she became the first woman mayor in the state. Today at the State Capitol, there was a celebration of a century. “Very good, and happy!” Uccello said,...

It's been seven years since East Haven hosted the parade that honors Italian-American heritage. That changes on Oct. 9. Since 2003, the parade became a regional event hosted on a rotating basis among six area communities, which include East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, New Haven and North Haven. Now, the town of East Haven and Greater New H...

The newest restaurant in a prominent space by Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium is "inspired by the feelings that came with eating in the kitchens of our Italian mothers and grandmothers." Mamma Bella Cucina opened its doors May 2, taking the space recently vacated by RHK Seafood Boil & Bar. The menu features traditional Italian fare and dishes with mode...

One of the themes of Rosemary and Bob Connelly’s married life was to “live cheap and make art.” The couple always enjoyed traveling and knew that when they did retire, they would want to visit many exotic places, leading them to live frugally while living and working in Phoenix in order to be able to spend their retirement years making art and trav...

“Anybody have a guess?” Laura Parisi asked, brandishing a a metal artifiact of the old Grand Avenue. Parisi, president of the Italian-American Historical Society, brandished the artifact — a “cutter” — and challenged members of the crowd to identify its use as she joined heads of four other local historical societies in Lenzi Park on Jefferson Stre...

Connecticut-based Constantino's of Greenwich will host a grand opening event on May 15. The family-owned pizza and ice cream shop was founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Robyn Bordes, who are opening their pizzeria in partnership with digital platform Slice, according to a press release. "We are honored to partner with Slice to open Consta...

Stamford restaurateurs John and Morgan Nealon today announced the opening of Cugine’s Italian in Stamford’s Harbor Point community at 121 Towne Street.  The restaurant, expected to open later this Spring, will feature alluring, well-plated Italian cuisine, coupled with refined cocktails and a robust wine list. “Our goal with Cugine’s is to offer no...

Mamma Bella Cucina & Pizzeria officially opened on Sunday, May 1 at 19 North Water St. in Norwalk. Joe Giuliano and Anthony Sandolo are the co-owners. Giuliano said opening a restaurant was always a dream of his, and he and Sandolo jumped at the opportunity to open their own place. Giuliano said his father previously owned a restaurant, so he grew...

The only surviving son of Anne and Anthony Zambrano, Bernard Zambrano was a model of a young man, according to his relatives. On Monday, a plaque was installed on the Little Italy arch on Wooster Street, honoring the only known casualty of the Vietnam War from the Wooster Square neighborhood. But a gap in his college education — he was studying to...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National announced that 14 students from the greater Waterbury are are scheduled to receive $1,000 awards at Unico’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Since 1922, high-school graduates of Italian descent have been recognized for their excellence in scholastic and community activities. The 2022 recipients are Ava And...