Frances Mayes, the bestselling author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," brings her line of Tuscan Sun Wines to New Hampshire for the first time on Friday, May 16th for a private dinner event at Tuscan Kitchen, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in Salem, New Hampshire.   This will be followed by a wine sampling and book and bottle singing event on Sa...

Morano Gelato, called "the best gelato in America" by Forbes, announced the launch of its franchise system. Morano Gelato is seeking franchisees to serve its products nationwide, modeled after the success of the company's New England shops.   Morano Gelato founder Morgan Morano has spent 15 years in the food industry and the past seven years...

by Jason Schreiber   Joe Faro knew it had potential as soon as he spotted an abandoned movie theater on Route 1. As the owner and chief food taster at Tuscan Kitchen & Tuscan Market, Faro has been looking for opportunities to expand his growing business that offers customers a real Italian experience. "I've been looking around...

by Andrea Almeida   Carando is gearing up for its first-ever NASCAR sponsorship at the Loudon Sprint Cup race. Throughout the week, the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford will be making pit stops at area Big Y stores, where Carando will be sampling its classic Italian meats, along with a variety of other activities and giveaways planned at e...

By Lisa Zwirn   David and Michelle Valicenti's business started with a bumper crop of tomatoes that David turned into sauce. His family, originally from Italy's Basilicata region ("the arch of the foot," he says), calls it red gravy. "We went to a local fair and sold out in two weekends," he says.   Today, the seven-year-old Valicenti...

The Italian American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth is presenting a Local Italian-American Authors Night on May 14.   The event is free and open to the public in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library. A meet-the-authors reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the authors' presentations beginning at 7 p.m.  ...

by Kathy McCormack   Children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola tackled a big stack of his books on the table. A longtime fan plunked them down at the book signing — just a sampling of the nearly 250 he's worked on.   "It's like watching my life go by," he said with a chuckle as he signed book after book for Katherine Pixley, a r...

Bill Couzens, founder of LessCancer.org (Next Generation Choices Foundation), has announced that Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a new board member. We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Cuomo on our board, says Couzens. Dr. Cuomos reputation as an advocate for the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes has earned her attention as a widely...

The Sons of Italy of Portsmouth will celebrating "La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life" with accordionist Gary Sredzienski on Oct. 4. Come with your blanket or chair and enjoy Cannoli, tiramisu, gelato sandwiches, Italian cookies and more.   Win a raffle or learn to play bocce. All profits go to End 68 Hours of Hunger, a not-for-profit effort...

By Joey Cresta PORTSMOUTH — With about 60 members now inducted into the Italian-American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth, the group is planning both fun events and service projects for its membership and the wider community.   The association, formed to preserve, celebrate and share Italian heritage and have some fun along the wa...