Gone are the benches, planters, flood lights, and gravel walking paths. The sculpture itself — of an aspiring immigrant family — remains in the picture, as a controversial plan to replace the former Wooster Square Christopher Columbus monument moved to a new stage. That was the update offered Wednesday night at a meeting of the Wooster Square Monum...

Zuppardi's Apizza, the popular West Haven pizzeria that also serves Libby's Italian Ices, will open a new takeout-only location in Ansonia on Feb. 2, the restaurant announced. "We are so thankful for your support and enthusiasm towards our new space in Ansonia!" the owners wrote on Facebook. "We are excited for this new addition to our family busi...

Regarding the recent disagreements between Rocco Commisso and the national Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the president of Fiorentina can also count on the support of a well-known Italian American philanthropist: Angelo Vivolo. A charismatic figure like Vivolo will be in the front line in defense of his compatriot and owner of Me...

Ann Maffucci’s legendary Sicilian recipes have come to town in the hands of her son. Rob Maffucci opened Vito’s Pizza at 1863 Berlin Tpke. the second week of January, offering Italian classics to-go. “We got swamped last weekend; we had to take the phone off the hook,” Maffucci said inside his kitchen before opening Wednesday. “Saturday we sold a l...

Have you ever walked by a group of people throwing fingers at each other in a circle and screaming out numbers in Italian? They're playing the ancient Roman game "Morra," and it's been a long time since I've seen or heard anyone playing it. Growing up as an Italian American in Waterbury, CT, Morra was a big part of the Italian culture within the Br...

The Italian American community deeply mourns the loss of one of its great pillars on Sunday, Jan. 16. Anthony Vincent Riccio’s great passion was chronicling the lives of the Italian immigrants who settled in Boston’s North End, as well as those who settled in New Haven. I met Anthony for the first time in 2018 at a joint signing at I Am Books in Bo...

Anthony V. Riccio, the author of the Italian-American experience in New Haven and beyond, has died at the age of 69. Click here and here to read two previous Independent articles by Allan Appel about Riccio’s work about New Haven’s community.  Following is a tribute written by New Haven’s Phil Langdon: I was shocked Sunday to learn that my longtime...

Father Amelio James Bertelli died at Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, on Jan. 5. Known by priests and parishioners as Jim, his adopted first name was in no way a slight to his Italian ancestry of which he was quite proud. He was born in Somerville on Aug. 14, 1928, the son of the late Amelio and Stella (Guazzaloca) Bertelli. After his education in l...

If your belly is calling for pizza and you are the adventurous type and like a little something different on your pie, then you might want to check out one of Fairfield County's favorite wood-fired pizza places. 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza in Ridgefield is gaining high marks for their inventive pizza selection -- also offered gluten-free -- and fo...

The Southington Sons of Italy has elected its new officers Saturday and presented Robert Triano with its “Brotherhood Award.” Tony Cusano, president of the Southington Sons of Italy, said that the Brotherhood Award is the highest honor a member can receive. The award is given to someone who has been a member in good standing for at least 10 years w...