by A. Talbot Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding Christmas, for many Italian Americans, one of the most exciting meals of the year happens the night before: the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. No one entirely knows how the tradition started, but a few details are widely understood.   For starters, Christmas Eve is techni...

Join the Connecticut Region of NOIAW for a Private Tour of Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy ExhibitThe Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art   Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio had a tremendous influence on 17th Century art. Join NOIAW members and friends for a private docent tour of the exhibit. Learn about his use of dramatic lig...

Visit the Milford Public Library on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. for Viva Italy: A Musical Tour with Enzo Boscarino. Boscarino, originally of Siracusa, will serenade his audience with traditional Italian music from Liguria (Sanremo, Genova), Veneto (Venezia), down the peninsula through Tuscany (Firenze), Lazio (Roma), Campania (Napoli, Sorrento) and t...

Playing a game doesn't get more Italian than bocce. "The game of bocce is a very, very simple game," said Giuseppe DeLucia of North Haven. Several times a week a large group gathers to play bocce at the East Haven Italian-American Club. The club has an indoor court which allows them to play year-round.   The majority of the men who...

Col. John G. Chiarella Sr., 83, formerly of Wildemere Avenue, Waterbury, passed away peacefully at The Village at East Farms on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann (Donofrio) Chiarella.   Col. John was born in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on June 24, 1931, son of the late Anthony and Ann (...

Penne alla Boscaiola. Maiale Brasato. Vino rosso. The flavors of the Italian countryside come to Connecticut on Friday, May 29 at the "Evening in Tuscany" fundraising gala for Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing, to be held from 7 to 11:30 pm at The Waterview in Monroe.   "Old Italy will inspire new aspiratio...

by Ed Stannard   A number of churches will be closed as the Archdiocese of Hartford solidifies plans to reorganize its 212 parishes, but church officials believe those remaining will be full of vibrant, energized Roman Catholics, focused on the church's mission of spreading the gospel.   Final plans won't be announced until spring but...

by Lisa Reisman   Branford high school track coach Richard Biondi never set out to write "Pugilistic Paisani," a history of Italian and Italian American boxing champions.   Then, on a visit to Cleveland's Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2000, he met a volunteer in her mid-80s. They got to talking. At some point Biondi asked her about...

By Pam McLoughlin   The five historical societies of the Ethnic Heritage Center celebrated Sunday with an informal sharing of traditions and food from African-American, Jewish, Irish, Italian and Ukrainian cultures.   Mayor Toni Harp, who attended part of the celebration, praised the center for all its "great work," and noted how the...

The Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut will host Anthony Riccio, author of Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut, for a book signing event Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., at St. Anthony's Church Hall, 70 Washington Ave, New Haven.   Several local women, including Anna Caccavale, are telling their...