Reading the phone book in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is like reading Portsmouth’s phone book, with the names Ferrini, Semprini, Bizzocchi, Caminati, Ciotti, Zamarchi, Pesaresi and Riciputi in both, said Portsmouth’s Donna Garganta. She shared that observation with the City Council last week, while urging councilors to approve a “Friendship Ci...

The term “comfort food” means different things to different people. But if you’re the type who believes feeding the soul along with the body is best accomplished with deep bowls of carb goodness covered in savory sauces (and maybe some cheese), then Presto Craft Kitchen on Manchester’s West Side is your new go-to spot. Not only is the food deliciou...

This September, Tuscan Market in Salem, NH, will host its sixth annual Bocce Tournament. Open to 20 pre-registered teams of four players, the tournament – inclusive of a complimentary wine tasting – begins with a round robin on September 7 before the advancing teams face-off in the semi-finals and finals on September 8. Developed in Italy and made...

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Macbeth,” which closely follows Shakespeare’s original, centers on a man, his wife and their unquenchable — and doomed — quest for power. “What makes it great to me is the arc of the man Macbeth himself,” explains Helena Binder, who is stage directing the Opera North production.“It’s not a prophecy that makes him do what he...

Food and music lovers are in for a treat on Saturday, when Chef Vito Marcello hosts the first-ever Cranmore Food and Wine event at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. It will take place in a tent at the base of the mountain from 3-6 p.m. Special guest will be Salvatore Ferragamo, vintner from Il Borro Wine of Tuscany, Italy, and namesake gran...

Next weekend, Tuscan Kitchen in Salem will team up with Phantom Gourmet as it hosts the second Italian Wine & Food Fest, celebrating made-from-scratch Italian foods and regional wines. Thousands of people from all over New England are expected to attend this tented al fresco event, taking place Saturday, June 22, at the Tuscan Piazza. Tuscan Brands...

The Tuscan Brands artisan Italian restaurant company is looking to open a new Tuscan Market cafe concept in downtown Portsmouth. As the company prepares for the endeavor, it will host a job fair this Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair will take place at the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant located at 581 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. Tuscan B...

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats leave New Jersey with a win, thanks to their 4-1 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday morning. All four New Hampshire runs came off the bat of Albero Mineo, an 0-1 pitch that the Italian-born catcher took deep to right for the Fisher Cats’ second grand slam of the year. That would be all the offense New Hampshire...

Joe Faro has the original newspaper article announcing the closure of Cafe Brioche in 2004, which at the time was thought to be the heart and soul of Market Square. “There was an uproar,” Faro said. The owners simply posted a 34-word farewell message on the door. A few months later, Breaking New Grounds coffee shop moved into the space from its nea...

Benny Dagostino, the town’s longest continually operating Realtor, died Sunday just days shy of his 95th birthday. Dagostino opened Benny’s Real Estate in 1952, where he was later joined in business by his son Ben Jr. Those who knew the elder Dagostino through the real estate community recalled a man with an unwavering work ethic, reportedly still...