La lingua italiana costituisce per gli italiani all'estero una fondamentale forma di conservazione e rispetto per le proprie radici. I nostri connazionali che per primi emigrarono negli Stati Uniti la parlavano a stento, perché partirono quando erano ancora i dialetti a farla da padrone in una neonata Italia. Spesso, poi, l'integrazione in America...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy in America Lodge 37 will be holding its monthly dinner Monday, Sept. 23, at the Italian American Social Club on 40 Hamre Lane, Branford. The menu includes pasta fagioli, salad, pasta, vegetable, bread, butter, an entree, dessert, Italian and American coffee, soda and water.   Tickets may be purchased...

by Jason Newton   Italian immigration may have ended decades ago, but their influence in Connecticut is everywhere. There are many Italian specialty food shops, like P&M in East Rock. "The Italian culture, the main thing is the food," said Joseph Ciccone, owner P&M Fine Foods.   "I grew up on good food. I've never known f...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37 will hold the 4th annual ladies luncheon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Italian American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford, according to a release.   The male members of the lodge will prepare and serve the food, the release said. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited to the first...

The 11th annual Southington Italian-American Festival, benefiting Southington Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts, is set for July 24-26. The festival on Center Street, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and the Southington Unico Club, will begin at 5 p.m. July 24 and end at 6 p.m. July 26.   This is the first year th...

By Eric Vo Record   With almost four decades of service as a town councilor, Robert F. Parisi is a well-known and respected person in town — a stark contrast to how he was treated when he was first elected to the Town Council in the '70s. "I had a miserable beginning in the Republican party. They didn't like me," Parisi said, grinning....

by Brian Mccready   East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and Paul Criscuolo, President of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven have announced that the Grand Marshals for this year's Columbus Day Parade are East Haven resident Pio Sgrignari and David McDermott of McDermott Auto Group.   Mayor Maturo is the Honorary Chairman o...

Leonard S. Paoletta, former mayor of Bridgeport, will don the sash as the 2014 Columbus Day Parade & Celebration Grand Marshall.   Urging area residents to celebrate their Italian-American heritage, Paoletta, an Easton resident, becomes the Grand Marshall of the 106th Columbus Day Parade & Celebration, the oldest running one in the s...

By George Roelofsen   North Haven's Wine Press is an Italian-American, family-owned business that teaches people how to turn grapes into wine. The owner, Ray Iannucci, was born in New Haven after his parents immigrated from Italy.   He started making wine in 1994 and opened the Wine Press in 2008. "When I was a kid I helped...

by Jeff Gebeau Faculty and students of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, whose headquarters are at Trinity-on-Main, and the New London-based Connecticut Lyric Opera returned this week from the inaugural Greve Opera Festival in Italy. The three-week festival was a joint endeavor of the orchestra, the opera and Greve-In-Chianti, the Itali...