By Erv Dworkin October is Italian-American Heritage Month and today is Columbus Day, a good time to examine the influence this classic European culture has had on our city. These seekers of New World opportunities brought with them Old World artisanal skills, entrepreneurism and cultural traditions that would enrich the simmering melting pot of Am...

The New York Times' Patricia Brooks gave Cotto's Wine Bar and Pizzeria a "Very Good" rating in the newspaper's region section, published Friday online.   The Italian restaurant at 51 Bank St. has "had a good bit of success" at creating "the ambience of a Roman trattoria in downtown Stamford," Brooks wrote in her review.   Read more &...

The leveling of the tomb of Jonah (think: whale) in Mosul, Iraq, last July, was a striking reminder of the fragility of our collective cultural inheritance. Have we nearly come full circle? In 1943, as Nazi Germany laid waste to much of Western Europe, Monuments Men-a handful of soldiers whose job it was to protect cultural heritage during wartime-...

Anthony Riccio, author, photographer and oral historian, will speak about his book Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut Farms, Factories and Families.   This book documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.   Re...

By Adam Benson   A long-time civic leader and a popular Norwich Free Academy educator have been named the 2015 Italians of the Year. Rosario Presti and John Iovino will be honored by the Italian American Heritage and Cultural Committee at its annual Columbus Day banquet on Oct. 4 at the Norwich Holiday Inn.    Presti, who gr...

Like a lot of folks, Steve Carcarey and his wife, Patrizia, looked forward to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Feast in Bridgeport every year.   But unlike others who can do no more than mourn the untimely end of the line for the nearly century-old event that would have been held this weekend, the couple is in a position to host a crowd-...

di Riccardo Chioni   Non c'è dubbio che la città di Greenwich in Connecticut respira e parla italiano, i dati lo confermano.Qui si registra infatti la più alta densità di italiani d'America con una particolarità che li contraddistingue: provengono tutti da due paesini, Rose in provincia di Cosenza e Morra de Sanctis in provincia di Avellino,...

The town of Branford goes all out for Columbus Day weekend which takes place this years from October 12-14, with Monday, Oct. 14 as the designated holiday. Columbus Day Committee secretary and publicity chair Magdalen Sparaco said they have a wonderful parade planned filled with bands, floats, vehicles, and more. The governor, lieutenant governor...

Little Italy isn't just one neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, it's a group of neighborhoods all across America. These neighborhoods have been incorporated into the fabric of the towns they reside in and have become an essential part of each city. With a desire to maintain Italian culture, these neighborhoods prosper today through a strong work ethic...

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