In their temporal dimension as popes, Saints John XXIII and John Paul II fervently and effectively served their savior and His church with humility and humor, and without hints of self-importance. These same gifts were bestowed on convivial, nonagenarian priest and Waterbury native the Rev. Vito DeCarolis, who worked in Waterbury’s Our Lady of Lour...

The popular "Pizza Wars" event in West Haven has been postponed, due to the state of emergency declaration as Connecticut looks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The second "Pizza Wars" event, sponsored by the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, was set to take place March 21 at Cielo Banquet Hall on Chase Lane.  "Our fi...

NOIAW Connecticut Region invites you to an interactive discussion with Italian American women authors, focusing on what compels them to write about their heritage, family, and community. The panel will examine the contemporary situation of immigration in Connecticut, and how their families’ immigrant past empowers them to be successful in the prese...

West Haven is known for having some of the best pizza around, so when a competition pits the locals against each other, it's a rare "war" where everybody wins. The second West Haven Italian American Civic Association's "Pizza Wars" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Cielo Banquet Hall, 85 Chase Lane in West Haven. Publi...

The Elm City is welcoming another Italian eatery, and Wooster Square will soon be known for more than just its pizza. Ventured by Naples native and former head chef at Anthony’s Ocean View, Giulio Laurentino hopes to provide city residents with fresh, homemade pasta and Neapolitan delicacies. The restaurant — called Pasta EATaliana — opened last We...

Patrons of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, both in New Haven and beyond, have the opportunity to try a new kind of pizza. The restaurant has begun serving a meatball and ricotta pizza, “crafted with 100% all natural meatballs, ricotta cheese, crushed Italian tomatoes, mozzarella, grated pecorino Romano and drizzled with olive oil,” according to a r...

Growing up in Wooster Square meant that we didn’t have to experience ethnic or cultural prejudice, and that made life much more comfortable for us all. Just about everyone had the same ethnic background, and things that might have seemed strange to others were ordinary to us. For instance, most of us lived in a bilingual environment. Whether first...

Siamo nel cuore di New Haven al 31.mo piano del Financial Building nell’ufficio del giudice federale Guido Calabresi, ex Professore di giurisprudenza e Dean della prestigiosa Law School della Yale University. Vogliamo augurare al giudice buon compleanno, ed abbiamo colto l’occasione per intervistarlo e parlare un po’ della sua vita e della sua bril...

Tony Fusco is the first poet laureate of the town of West Haven, and he believes in the power of words. “What use are words?” he asks rhetorically. “Everything. Words are the birthplace of culture … they shape our perception of the world and influence it as well. Words are magic, and poetry is like an incantation to invoke that power … "People use...

It’s all about Christmas Eve Second and third generation Americans whose ancestors immigrated from around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries grew up with holiday traditions from their families’ country of origin. Today, as adults, many carry on those traditions, especially during the Christmas season, and the Italian-American Christmas Eve vi...