Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s annual Italian Film Weekend screens four films from May 18 to 20. The weekend kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with “Made in Italy,” a 2018 comic drama about a man about to give up his dreams. An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. At 7:50 p.m., “Call Me By Your Name,” a 2017 LGBT coming-of-age movie about a teen in love...

For almost two hours Tuesday, lawmakers and colleagues of Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, heaped praise on the man they called a class act, a dignified statesman, and a reserved but effective fighter for northeastern Connecticut. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Senate Democratic President Pro Tem Martin Looney of New Haven, Senate Republican President Pr...

Judge Arthur L. Spada, 85, died on April 26, 2018. He was born on September 22, 1932, the third child of recently arrived immigrant parents from Italy, Frank and Mary (Curcio) Spada. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Saunders) Spada, a marriage that prospered for 62 years and produced three children and five grandchildren. The Judge and his wife...

At its octogenarian milestone, Carbone’s, one of Hartford’s most noteworthy landmark restaurants, shows no sign of slowing. The Franklin Avenue establishment remains a destination for fine Italian fare, a time-honored choice for birthdays, anniversaries and other special nights out. It’s attracted celebrities, politicians and generations of familie...

The second Monday in October — the holiday formerly known as Columbus Day — will now be called Indigenous Peoples Day at West Hartford Public Schools. At a Feb. 21 board of education meeting, residents asked that the town consider changing the name of the holiday on the district’s calendar to honor the struggles of indigenous people during periods...

In the early 1900s, Hartford was a booming economic center. Italy, on the other hand, suffered both economically and socially. Hundreds of thousands of Italian men looked for unskilled work in other countries; many eventually headed to the United States. Hartford’s potential job opportunities attracted Italians and soon the city’s number of immigra...

When a drastic drop in business due to ongoing iQuilt construction forced Vito's By The Park from its location of 20 years, some wondered how the loss of its bucolic, park side, al fresco identity would affect it. The location "was magic," chef-owner Rob Maffucci, told Hartford Courant reporter Leanne Griffin. But if there's one thing 51-year-old M...

You do not know what beauty is if you have not been here," Mark Twain famously wrote about Hartford in 1868. Visiting the capital of the Constitution State 150 years later, as the ambassador of Italy to the United States, I can see why one of America's greatest writers, whose novels have been read all over the world, was moved by the beauty of this...

Quintino Cianfaglione came to Hartford from his native Abruzzo, Italy as a confident and headstrong 20-year-old searching for the American dream. Fifty years later, on a day he called “one of the most important” of his life, he said the dream had finally come true. Cianfaglione was officially sworn in Tuesday as the honorary consul of Italy in Conn...

On Sunday at 2 p.m. the public is invited to hear poets Dennis Barone, David Cappella, Maria Sassi, Tom Nicotera, Geri Radacsi, Tony Fusco and Maria Frank as they lead an afternoon of poetry at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Dennis Barone served as the second Poet Laureate of West Hartford. He is the author of seven book...