Cristoforo Colombo was always aloft on his pedestal, looking out toward the harbor and sea, to catch the next ship and to sail off to his next conquest. His replacement – the Italian, or perhaps universal, immigrant family – will have come from the sea, from far away, and to stay, to put down roots and to begin their American success stories. That’...

When Mario Ferrentino and Nikko Plescia took over the space that would become Mario’s Pizzeria and Ristorante on South Road, the space was a dilapidated mess, but after nearly six months of work, the two lifelong friends were able to give the place a new, polished look — while still offering classic Italian eats. “It was daunting walking in here th...

The United States is officially on the medal board in Beijing and it came from an unlikely hero. After a quiet first day of competition in which the U.S. was kept off the podium, Julia Marino won silver to bring home the first medal of the 2022 Olympics for Team USA. By the end of Day 2, 21 medals have been awarded. The U.S. is one of 16 countries...

The Nutmeg State has one of the highest populations of people with Italian ancestry in America. It’s no wonder we’ve got so many great Italian restaurants in Connecticut! New Haven is famous for their Connecticut-style pizza (“apizza”), some of which has been named the best pizza in America. Tucked away about half an hour north in Middletown is Ver...

Last year, “The Ave” saw an influx of new additions with Kissaki, Hinoki, and the now closed Moon. In 2022, Ruby & Bella’s just quietly opened up and a second iteration of Brian Lewis’ The Cottage should arrive shortly. The latest, though, is Bianca, an Italian restaurant that’s not planning on serving pizza, chicken parm, or spaghetti and meatball...

Celeb chef Christian Petroni, known in Connecticut as a former partner in Stamford's Fortina restaurant, is lending his expertise in Italian food to the Bertucci's restaurant group. Petroni, a past "Chopped" winner and victor on season 14 of "Food Network Star," grew up in an Italian family in the Bronx, and learned traditional Italian cooking from...

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...