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...

There's a new fine-dining restaurant in JFK Crossing that opened in the space left empty when Brothers Restaurant closed on Harvard Street amid the pandemic. The chef behind the new restaurant is Simon Restrepo, the executive chef of Boston's award-winning Scampo (working alongside Brookline native chef Lydia Shire). Vello Restaurant and Bar quietl...

The city may soon join a wave of communities around the nation in replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, with the City Council set to vote on a resolution to make the change at its Wednesday night meeting. If the resolution passes, Easthampton will become the third community in Hampshire County to make the change. The anticipated vote...

New Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino made headlines in 2018 when he said he believed he’d strike out Babe Ruth every time he faced him because of how advanced the modern game is. Asked Friday how he’d fare against Red Sox legend Ted Williams, Ottavino said he believes he could hold his own. “I don’t know. It’s a different era,” Ottavino said on WEEI’...

An upscale Italian restaurant in the western suburbs is going to become a new location of a Mexican dining spot that is under the same ownership. According to a source, Osteria Posto in Waltham is being replaced by The Painted Burro, with a Facebook post from The Waltham Channel mentioning that owner Joseph Cassinelli told the license commission th...

The Tasso in Music Project, directed by department of music and dance professor Emiliano Ricciardi, has received Honorable Mention in the Renaissance Society of America's Digital Innovation Award Competition. Based in New York City, the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is the largest international academic organization devoted to the study of t...

For years, the celebration of Columbus Day went on without protest in Wellesley, which has a substantial population of people of Italian-American descent. But more recently, there has been a hard-fought battle to replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The March 2 ballot contains a referendum on the issue. "The referendum results are to inform the...

Michael Fiandaca married Mary Vinciguerra at Portsmouth's Immaculate Conception Church the day after Valentine's Day in 1942 while on leave from the military. The couple looks hopeful and happy in their wedding portrait. They were in the middle of a world war, but their close-knit family connections would sustain them, as is evidenced by their cont...

The Langham, a historic hotel in One Post Office Square situated in a former Federal Reserve Bank, will reopen this June after a lengthy renovation, and it will do so with an Italian restaurant called Grana. The restaurant will initially be open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Grana (which means “grain” in Italian, although there is also...

Sbarro is scheduled to reopen in Café Square at the Holyoke Mall after the coronavirus pandemic shut the location down in Holyoke. The pizza by the slice restaurant, Sbarro, will reopen in March. Sbarro is best known for its original XL New York style pizza, as well as other Italian food such as pasta and Stromboli. “We are excited to be reopening...