In this social media-ed age, it’s hard to believe that one of the greatest regional specialties in the United States could live on for decades in relative obscurity. But such is the case with Connecticut’s native tomato pizza, made for just two months of the year in and around New Haven County. Unless you grew up nearby, you’ve probably never heard...

The daughter of the founders of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has died. Serafina Lucy Pepe DeMusis, of Hamden died on August 25 at the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus with her family by her side, according to her obituary. She was 93. She was the wife of the late Dominic DeMusis. “Sera” DeMusis, who was born in New Haven on August 12, 1...

At a recent book event at the Guilford Free Library, author Leo Marino, a Branford resident, delighted a full house of Wooster Square denizens and descendants with a discussion of his book “The House on Green Street: Life and Times of a First Generation Italian American,” the colorful story of the path he followed from “the brick building turned bl...

At work and on his own time, Nick Casella is working to find aid for families and organizations concerned with helping chronically ill children. With Health Insurance Associates, Nick has been helping people navigate Medicare and Social Security matters from the same Washington Avenue location since 1999. Though the office is moving to State Street...

After 53 years in the business, Tony & Lucille’s restaurant, a multi-generational family anchor in Wooster Square, will serve its last dinner Sunday night. It is part of the evolving landscape on Wooster Street where some iconic places have changed hands, although longtime businesses continue to draw crowds to New Haven’s Little Italy. Tony Sacco,...

On June 7, 2019, Honorable Lubbie Harper, Jr., (Ret.), Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court conducted a ceremony in which the contributions to the law of the National Italian American Bar Association were recognized and in which the officers and directors selected for service in 2019-2021 were inducted.  Justice Harper conducted a cer...

A Board of Alders proposal to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October was met with a demand from dozens of Italians — don’t take away Columbus Day. In the language of a proposal authored by Alder Kenneth Reveiz, D-14, which was discussed by the City Services and Environmental Policy Committee, it is said that because the Q...

Arrivederci, Columbus? Not so fast. There is currently a resolution before New Haven’s Board of Alder to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day. As leaders of the Italian-American community, we believe that everyone is entitled to celebrate their heritage and welcome the opportunity to add an Indigenous People’s Day to our...

 Tavolo Pronto, a local favorite for paninis, salads, coffee and pastries, is gearing up to expand its baking facilities across River Road in the old Frank & Anita’s salon next month. The new space, dubbed Tavolo Forno, will allow the full-service Italian bistro, bakery and market to increase its selection of freshly baked goods and specialty order...

The National Italian American Bar Association has announced the election of Officers and Directors for the term 2019-2021.  The Association is comprised of lawyers who support, promote, and exemplify the best traditions of law, history, and culture arising from Italy. The Association originated in 1982 in Los Angeles, California and expanded across...