Of all the mysteries of ancient Rome, silphium is among the most intriguing. Romans loved the herb as much as we love chocolate. They used silphium as perfume, as medicine, as an aphrodisiac and turned it into a condiment, called laser, that they poured on to almost every dish. It was so valuable that Julius Caesar stashed more than half a tonne in...

John DiStaso, a veteran political reporter in New Hampshire who covered 11 first-in-the-nation presidential primaries, interviewing countless candidates and providing analysis on campaigns and elections, died Thursday after suffering a prolonged illness. He was 68. DiStaso, who spent the last seven years as a political reporter for WMUR-TV, was kno...

Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr., a federal judge who served on the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire for three decades, has died, the court said in a statement Sunday. DiClerico died Saturday. He was 81. The cause of death was not disclosed. “He was the consummate trial judge: patient, wise, fair, kind, and humble," current Chief Judge Landya McCaffert...

A Republican-backed bill to preserve Columbus Day and have New Hampshire celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in August drew opposition at a public hearing this week, in a reprise of a fight last legislative session when Abenaki leaders spoke against the August date. Rep. Jess Edwards, an Auburn Republican, who is a co-sponsor of HB 1173, favored the...

Patti O'Leary said it's hard to believe that she's been behind the counter of Moe's Italian Sandwiches of Exeter for three decades. "I think a lot back to the good old days... to the first customers that opened our doors...right up to our customers that continue to keep our doors open," she said. "How blessed we are to still be in business." O'Lear...

Rebecca Moniz and her husband Timothy are the new owners of the restaurant space inside the Seacoast United Sports Complex. The couple recently opened The 101 Grille and customer by customer, they're building another dining option for the area, in an unlikely setting. The restaurant takes over the space in the indoor sports complex formerly occupie...

Cheese lovers always know where to find the best cheese – from restaurants to cheese shops that have been around for decades. We’re quite fortunate to have several long-standing cheese shops in New Hampshire, where we can indulge in our cheese cravings. Angela’s Cheese and Pasta Shop in New Hampshire, for example, boasts an impressive collection of...

Having grown up in Italy, my great-grandfather expected the family over for dinner every Sunday. Homemade pasta, or macaroni as we called it, was just one of the items on the menu, usually served sometime after an appetizer and before a meat or fish dish. My grandmother would hand-cut the pasta dough, dry it on her wooden rack and serve the pasta w...

Tuscan Brands began in 2010 with Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, New Hampshire.  Their brand continues to grow with the addition of locations in Burlington, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Joe Faro owner of the Tuscan brands believes strongly in giving back to the community.  He serves a large family-style meal to vet...

Ahead of the Monday vote on whether to change a city ordinance to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Concord City Council has been hearing from members of the public, including some Italian-Americans. Monday’s public hearing will be the first meeting where Concord residents can weigh in on the name change, which Ward 10 Councilor Zandr...