The fate of the statue of Christopher Columbus that stood in Wooster Square Park is not yet settled. The state Freedom of Information Commission recently held an evidentiary hearing to review a complaint from Italian-American Heritage Group of New Haven LLC, which alleges the Board of Park Commissioners did not include an agenda item notifying the...

Anna Sincavage will sell dresses in the morning and lasagna in the evening—all from 59 Crown St. That’s the plan now that the family behind Skappo Italian Wine Bar is taking advantage of lower indoor dining demand to convert one corner of their restaurant into a new mini-shop, La Bottega.

A pasta dish made to order, crafted in front of your eyes inside a giant wheel of fine Italian cheese. Where can you find this slice of heaven? Right here in Connecticut. The sensational tableside preparation is available at a few Italian restaurants across the state. Keep these in mind the next time you’re looking for an extra-special pasta experi...

Gary Bimonte, the face of Pepe’s pizza restaurants for his generation of the nearly century-old New Haven pizza dynasty,died April 7 of a heart attack. It was Bimonte’s grandfather, Frank Pepe, who started the business on New Haven’s Wooster Street in 1925. By the 1950s, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, which now regularly tops rankings of the count...

A year from now, a new monument surrounded by four panels that trace the story of Italian immigration to the city starting in the late 19th century should be in place as a unified reflection on their contributions to New Haven. “We have learned so much about ourselves and each other,” William Iovanne Jr., chairman of the large Wooster Square Monume...

In contrast to their present-day placement at the conservative end of the political spectrum, Italian Americans once played an under-appreciated role in the “Old Left” progressive movement. Such was the thrust of a recent presentation by Dr. Gerald Meyer, author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician (1902-1954) to the New Haven Public Library. Th...

The Christmas season in Wooster Square used to begin with the decorations that were placed in downtown New Haven. You see, we were all just a few blocks away from the splendor that was created in the store windows, the lighted arches across Chapel Street with a small tree on either side, Santa and the reindeer sailing through the air on the corner...

Those who enjoy reading this column seem to have dual goals: nostalgia, reminiscing about the days and times of youth, and also to gather information about the way things were when grandparents or parents lived in Wooster Square. You see, for some, family history remains fragmented or unknown. Those who are now seeking DNA-based documentation are a...

The first and only Congressional debate this year took place in Woodbridge, but its spiritual center was Wooster Square. That began when a question about who truly represents the Italian American community transformed into three different views on history, culture, and the best ingredients for an equitable society. Those perspectives were offered b...

Thursday, October 29th, 12:00 PM—1:00 PM ET. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86288400500. Neil Thomas Proto (author of "Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in America") is an attorney, writer, and professor based in Washington, D.C. He earned an MA in International Affairs in 1969, and a JD in 1972, at the George Washing...