The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the Connecticut Sun, will be keynote speaker at a virtual member breakfast next month. The virtual session will be held via Zoom, Sept. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. “We are very proud of Jennifer’s success as a former UConn Women’s Basketball star and assistant coach...

As a member of St. George Men’s Group (SGMG), Steve DePalma has happily—and handily—headed up the fried dough pizza booth at SGMG’s Italian Festival since its inception. After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, the eighth SGCMG Italian Festival is back to make a saucy splash this Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 behind St. George Church in downtown...

Teresa and John Sullivan, co-founding directors of Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) in Torrington have just returned from several weeks in Rome where they received a scholarship at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri Institute for professional development as teachers of Italian language, arts and culture. The scholarship is awar...

A Connecticut school board has reversed the district’s decision to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the 2021-22 school calendar after hearing criticism about the move made back in June. The Stonington Board of Education voted 3-2 last week to restore the name Columbus Day, at least for the time being, with some members arguing that...

The third annual Italian American Police Society Car Show was held in Norwalk Sunday. This year's show is dedicated to a former Westport police officer who died of a heart attack in December. There were hundreds of cars behind St. Ann's Club in Norwalk, from antique to newer versions, that are bringing the community together and supporting a Westpo...

If you ever find yourself craving old-fashioned Italian cooking, head to Manchester, where you’ll find one of the best Italian restaurants in Connecticut. At Trattoria Toscana, family recipes are recreated and everything is made from scratch each day. Homestyle cuisine is all in the family here at Trattoria Toscana. The restauranteurs grew up with...

On June 1, the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich awarded four scholarships of $1,000 to local graduating high school students during a ceremony at Illiano's Restaurant in Norwich, according to a press release.  "The award is given to a graduating senior of Italian descent whose work ethic, in school and outside of school, and commu...

A new family-owned Italian restaurant has landed on Grassy Plain Street and is looking to stick around for the long haul. Jason Arcos and his wife Nancy Mejia opened D’Arcos Bar and Restaurant in early April when restaurants were still on a rocky path in Connecticut. The restaurateurs had previously worked at and owned Augies # 1 Italian Restaurant...

"E Chiamamulu Paisanu! Primu Diu E Sammastianu!" This Italian phrase will be heard loud and clear once again on the streets of Middlefield, Middletown and beyond for the centennial anniversary of the Saint Sebastian's Church in Middletown. It is tentatively scheduled for September 17-19 a delay of a few months due to COVID-19. Church organizers are...

First there were hundreds of proposals. Then there were six. Now, a single design has won out to tell the story of Italian immigration to New Haven. Wednesday night, members of the Wooster Square Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statu...