Bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Tuesday, March 12. She will discuss her new memoir, MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, which recounts her journey from idyllic childhood to...

Joe Faro’s business cards call him Tuscan Brands’ “chief food taster,” but that modest moniker doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of a career in which he’s built, not one, but two, wildly successful Italian food empires. Chapter one of that entrepreneurial life was Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces in Haverhill, which grew into the largest produc...

Democratic representatives Tim Horrigan of Dover and Amanda Bouldin of Manchester tried last year to get a bill passed that would change the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in New Hampshire. They were soundly defeated, as the bill was referred to interim study, where lawmakers voted 12-1 on Oct. 29 that the bill...

If you like Italian food, you're going to love this news out of Portsmouth. According to their Facebook page, Tuscan Market will be moving to the former 'Breaking New Grounds' site at 14 Market Square come springtime. Joe Faro is the owner of Tuscan Brands and describes himself as Chief Food Taster posted on Facebook that the new home for their Por...

On Aug. 12, Tuscan Brands will host the sixth annual Concorso Italiano car show at its flagship location in Salem. Hosted by Tuscan Brands founder and owner, Joe Faro, the automobile showcase will feature European luxury cars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLarens and Maseratis, which will be on display at the Tuscan Village Piazza, t...

Creating a canal to go around river rapids was no easy feat in the early days of the Industrial Revolution and at times it could get ugly, as work at Sewalls Falls may have shown. On Aug. 16, 1892, the Concord Evening Monitor ran a story about the digging of the canal, which extends a quarter-mile around the rapids, described the work being done by...

A 24-year-old Italian man has become the first European to win an annual race up the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Cesare Maestri, of Borgo Lares, pulled away from three-time winner Eric Blake on Saturday at the halfway point of the 7.6 mile (12 kilometer) race to the 6,288-foot (1917-meter) summit of Mount Washington. He finished...

Known more for its outlet shopping than expensive labels and for craft brews than fine Italian wine, North Conway nevertheless was the destination Monday of a man who is comfortable both in the fashion and wine worlds: Salvatore Ferragamo of Florence, Italy, namesake grandson of one of Europe’s most recognizable designers. He and wife Christine wer...

IN THE KITCHEN Pasquale Celone takes a personal approach to cooking at the restaurant in Londonderry, N.H., that bears his name. His approach to food is simple: “If I don’t like it, you don’t like it.” Celone was born in Torre Annunziata just outside Naples, where his family grew San Marzano tomatoes and other veggies. He says his passion for cooki...

Four years ago, Richard and Michael Ray opened Faro Italian Grille, transforming the former Weirs Beach Lobster Pound into an eatery reminiscent of those they grew up with in the North End of Boston. They are now poised to repeat the trick, having signed a lease for the building at 1135 Union Avenue, which for decades was home to a Pizza Hut. The n...