A four-day celebration will be held in Hartford this month to celebrate Italian American culture. The Italian American Celebration and Parade Committee will host a four-day spring carnival beginning Thursday, April 16 at Columbus Park on Franklin Avenue in the Hartford's South End. The carnival ends April 19. The carnival will have food, ride...

The mausoleum that serves as the backdrop for Hartford Stage's current production of "Romeo & Juliet" is etched with dozens of Italian names. Who are these people? Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who directed the show, reveals that "Colin McGurk, associate scene designer, got the names from a website called billiongraves.com....

Restaurants are notoriously short-lived, but Restaurant Bricco, a West Hartford mainstay since 1996, is not only alive, but thriving. How many dinners have crossed the counter from the open kitchen whose wood-burning stone ovens greet arriving guests? Assume an average of 275 covers per night, and Billy Grant, its chef and owner, is somewhere aroun...

by Paul Pirrotta Casa Emigranti Italiani, a not for profit Connecticut corporation whose mission is to promote Italian culture and history, will present a pictorial exhibit on the history of Italian migration to Hartford. The exhibit will run from 10-5 to 10-30 and is being held in the corridor connecting the Legislative Office Building to th...

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, with many eventually headed to the United States. Hartford's potential job opportunities attracted Italians and soon the city's number of im...

By Tim Panzarella   Immigration is hot in presidential politics. On the left, Bernie Sanders denounces open borders as a right-wing conspiracy to pay migrants low wages at the expense of American workers. On the right, Donald Trump advocates deporting all undocumented workers.   This debate is nothing new. It once resonated in Connect...

News 8's celebration of Italian in Connecticut continues today! Today our journey takes us to Hartford from women paving the way in leadership roles to pastries just like Nonna made. Hartford looks a lot different now than it did when many Italian immigrants came here. A hundred years ago, the Front Street neighborhood was mostly Italian. &nb...

Teresa Riccio, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford   On April 12, the Avon Chapter of the Italian American service organization, UNICO, hosted a dinner dance in support of Connecticut Children's Medical Center. The event, held at the Farmington Club on the Polo Grounds in Farmington, featured dinner, dancing, silent and live...

By Brian Spyros   The Front Street that exists in Hartford now is in stark contrast to what it was more than 100 years ago. "I'm a sentimentalist. I like the old style, the old times," said Paul Margolfo, who grew up in an Italian-American family not far from Front Street. He was one of many people who called the capital city home. &nb...

by Kent Pierce   The Italian American Stars on Franklin Avenue is just one of the Italian social clubs you'll find around Hartford. One of many. "Sure, we have about 80 clubs in the greater Hartford area," according to florist John Tornatore.   In any one of those clubs, you will hear the stories of how tough immigrants had it wh...