An Italian restaurant in the heart of the North End has opened back up with a slightly different name, though the dining spot itself remains mostly as is. According to a press release, Ciao Bella has reopened as Ciao Roma, with its Italian-American comfort food offerings still being available, though new dishes such as artichokes alla romana antipa...

Frank Pascale Tirro, dean of the Yale School of Music from 1980 to 1989, passed away after a long illness on March 28. Tirro is remembered for his pathbreaking writings on music, education, and racism in America; his landmark contributions to our understanding of the history of jazz; his studies of late medieval and renaissance music; and his consi...

Regardless of which side they were on, the one thing most people who spoke up at Monday's Select Board discussion of the replacement of Columbus Day could agree on was that it was a difficult and often painful decision. In the end, the board sided 4-1 with the voters who on March 2 supported a non-binding resolution changing the second Monday in Oc...

Boston loves Italian food, and there’s no better neighborhood to find the stuff than the North End. In this hub of marinara, an eater can find handmade ricotta gnocchi, pizza Margherita, arancini, veal saltimbocca, and so much more. The old Italian proverb “chi mangia bene, vive bene” (which translates roughly to “those who eat well, live well”) is...

Michele Romeo, chitarrista siciliano, compositore, arrangiatore, music producer, ha da poco completato la sua laurea triennale in Professional Music al Berklee College e già lavora al suo terzo album, che lo vede impegnato sia nella scrittura musicale che nella produzione. Aveva dieci anni quando Michele inizia a suonare la chitarra con il maestro...

What makes a perfect Italian sub? Is it the softness of the bread? The ratio of salami to mortadella? The banana peppers? The anticipation you feel when your go-to sub guy hands over the gargantuan sandwich, wrapped in flimsy paper and slightly damp with olive oil? There are variations on an Italian sub, but in its most basic form it features a lon...

Get your appetites ready, the Bravo Italiano Festival is likely to return to North Country this year.  The event that draws thousands to the Watertown fairgrounds arena for fried dough, Italian cookies, pasta, bocce ball and more is now in the planning phases for 2021. This is following the cancellation of the full event for the first time in the f...

Before COVID-19, every summer Boston’s North End would show its true colors - green, white and red. 2019 marked 100 years of Saint Anthony’s Feast, a four-day celebration at the end of August said to be the largest in New England, the feast of all feasts. The heart of the feast is a sacred ritual brought here by immigrants from the southern Italy h...

To mark the septcentennial of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Dante Society of America is spearheading an ambitious podcast series that highlights the myriad ways in which the ‘Divine Comedy’ continues to resonate with modern readers.  Seven hundred years on, an urbanite contemplating how the pandemic magnified the difficulties of living in a concrete...

Just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the Valley’s most popular fine-dining restauranteurs opened a little Italian spot in Longmeadow. Posto by The Federal is located in The Longmeadow Shops and serves “old-school new Italian” dishes. While Posto and The Federal share the same executive chef, Michael Presnal, Posto is more casual than the Aga...