As was first stated months ago by the president of the Italian-American Heritage Festival committee, it looks like the celebration will go on this August as usual — in Warren’s Courthouse Square Park. And the Warren saga now dubbed “treegate,” grinds on. Committee President Carol Ficeti told the Tribune Chronicle in February the committee didn’t wa...

On Sunday, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel canceled their annual Italian Festival due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Facebook post. The festival was supposed to be held the week of July 22-25 and is not planned be rescheduled in 2020. In the post, Scott Schulick wrote, “While we know that July seems a long way off, it is now i...

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed one of the most ballyhooed community events of the year in Wilmington as organizers of St. Anthony’s Italian Festival have decided to cancel this year’s celebration. This year’s celebration of culture, food and fun was set for June 7-14. Organizers announced on the festival’s Facebook page that restrictions aime...

The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as any of nature's predictable proclamations.  It's a time of awakening. Vibrant green spills over the Italian countryside almost overnight as if a heavenly saint spilled a bucketful of paint from above. Ne...

At an Italian table, Easter is on par with Christmas in terms of traditional dishes, rituals, family recipes, and a large gathering of relatives to share it all with. Newly-sprung spring has much to do with typical Easter fare, so you'll often find dishes prepared with fresh ricotta made from the sweet and creamy milk of sheep that have been nibbli...

The Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison has canceled Festa Italia 2020. The festival was scheduled for May 29-31 at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg. The event celebrates Italian and Italian American culture. “The coronavirus has impacted our nation, state and local community.  Cancellation of our event is the responsible thing to do in order to protect...

Festa Italiana Hawaii, Hawaii's first & only Italian festival, celebrates where “Ciao Meets Aloha” - the intersection of Hawaiian and Italian cultures. During these trying times, Festa Italiana Hawaii is eager to show aloha (compassion, kindness, love) to the people of Italy and the local Hawaii restaurant community. The festival has launched a ter...

The 36th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival will have its celebration this year Aug. 6-9 on Warren’s Courthouse Square, according to Carol Ficeti, president of the committee’s board. The festival has sent out letters to vendors stating it will take place 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 -9. “We want to stay in Courthouse Squ...

First Summerfest gets postponed and now Festa. Organizers broke the news Tuesday that Festa Italiana 2020 will be canceled. The Italian Community Center Board of Directors says it was the most responsible decision to cancel the festival in the midst of the global pandemic that has already closed so many other festivals and businesses. "The coronavi...

Towering Pandoro and Panettone cakes may reign supreme in Italy at Christmas, but Easter is all about the sweet known as Colomba di Pasqua. The cake takes its name from its shape – baked in the form of a dove, or colomba in Italian. The symbol of peace, as well as a sign of spring, the dove shape is also the cake’s main association with the Easter...