Between lunch and dinner hours on a Saturday, Dolce Amici, in Norway, was fairly quiet. A group of probably-70-somethings stopped in for gelato, hunkering down near the refrigerated display case, snow whirling past the front windows. A middle-aged woman sidled up to the bar for a cocktail and chatted with the staff while she waited for her takeout...

According to New England Today, an Italian immigrant baker named Giovanni Amato decided to create an affordable, convenient, and hearty meal for road construction workers in Portland, Maine in 1899. His creation, a sandwich made from freshly baked rolls filled with sliced meats, melty cheeses, savory veggies, and other toppings, was a hit right awa...

The Washington D.C. upscale osteria Via Sophia will expand into Maine this May when it opens Italian seafood restaurant Via Sophia by the Sea in Kennebunk. The Via Sophia spinoff will be open year-round at 27 Western Ave., a space formerly occupied by Grissini Italian Bistro. The building has been vacant since last fall. The restaurant is part of t...

It's a Maine Foodie Miracle! Incredible baked delights from World Famous Modern Pastry are now available in Portland! Micucci's Italian Grocery on India Street in Portland gave us the good news on Facebook: "Are you all ready for this?! For 40 of our 73 years in business, we have brought you the delicious Modern Pastry of Boston every Christmas….We...

It was 9 years ago that DiPietro’s Italian Sandwiches on Cumberland Street closed after being a Portland landmark for 69 years. Now, the beloved DiPierto's italians will return for one day only to help raise money to pay for a heart and double lung transplant. DiPietro’s opened in 1944 at the bottom of Munjoy Hill in Portland as a family business t...

Ciao from Rome! As every January, the yearbook of We the Italians is available with the 24 interviews of the past year, both in Italian and English. This is our eighth book: one in English, one in Italian, and six yearbooks like this one, in two languages. Dear friends, I am writing this editorial in the days when the Italian Parliament elects the...

Has there ever been a better place to eat than right here in Maine? We say no, and that’s why we’re always on the lookout for spots to recommend to friends and family. There’s certainly no shortage of great spots, but we especially love the ones that come with an impressive decades-long heritage. This spot in Portland is a great option! Sitting in...

Beppe Gambetta plans to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Gambetta has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain”...

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar in 2020, but the 2021 version is set for later this week and volunteers are needed to bake, decorate and package thousands of cookies for the annual fundraiser. The cookie bake is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall at 72 Federal S...

Bacari Social, a new waterfront eatery, is considered by its growing list of regular patrons as a bit of a hidden treasure at Safe Harbor Pilots Point Marina. Tucked along the dock, patrons are advised to call when they arrive to pass through the private marina’s electronic gate, driving by an 80-foot sailing yacht on dry land, to reach the restaur...