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...

A Neapolitan pizza restaurant is coming to Hallowell, headlining three major business changes to the city’s downtown. Taking up residence in the former Joyce’s building at 192 Water St., Bruno’s Wood-Fired Pizzeria is planning to open in mid-May. Meanwhile, Maine Local Market is planning to open April 3 in the former location of Scrummy Afters Cand...

A Bates haunt since the 1950s, Luiggi’s Pizzeria, next door to the Blue Goose on the corner of Sabattus and Horton streets, is named for its founder, Luiggi Carmino Talarico. From Albi to Lewiston Luiggi “Louis” Talarico was born in 1922 in Albi, Italy. After immigrating to America and settling in Lewiston, he and his wife, Annis, founded the pizze...

A chilly morning in Maine is no match for 96-year-old Carmine Pecorelli's spunk. "It's just another day," he said as he used an old brush to sweep the snow from his car. But this day he is on a mission--one that pales in comparison to those he completed in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Carmine served in the Army, Navy, and Air F...

Louis J. Grimaldi Jr., 89, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. The wonderful life of Louie started on June 11, 1931, in Portland when he was born to the late Louis and Marianna “Maria” (Santora) Grimaldi. Louie grew up in Portland’s Little Italy and attended Portland High School. A few days bef...

All proceeds generated throughout Caffé Prego’s opening weekend will be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The Italian restaurant in the heart of Ogunquit said it will donate 100% of the proceeds from takeout sales on Friday, June 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m.; and S...

Taking a trip isn't in the cards right now, but our taste buds can make us feel like we've traveled thousands of miles. A slice of pizza from Pizzarino may, for a moment, make you feel like you're in Italy. If you ask the owner, there's no reason to stop with pizza when "he knows a guy" who can serve you some good sauce, too. Authentic Italian cuis...

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says that the St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar, scheduled for August, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bazaar is scheduled to return in 2021.