Danilo Mongillo has expanded his effort to bring an Italian flavor to the city. The owner and executive chef at Strega Restaurant has now opened Strega Italian Market, where he says the variety of available products are all imported from his native country. “This market will represent Italy from the north to the south,” said Mongillo, who hosted th...

Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop celebrated 100 years of business grounded in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy. City officials joined the pastry shop’s team, made up of generations of Italian-American heritage, at 135 Wooster St. Wednesday afternoon to recognize the centennial benchmark. “It’s one of those businesses that due to its reputation and...

It was the best of the best at this summer’s East Haven recreation league bocce league championship at the town beach. And that’s saying something. Among the competitors: Giuseppe “Joe” DeLucia, 73, who was, as East Haven Recreation Director Liz Franco-Spano put it, “on fire.” “He’s hitting every shot,” said Franco-Spano, among the 50 onlookers on...

Many of the societies rented storefronts for use as a clubhouse. This must have been a major accomplishment — providing a physical space in which the business of the organization could be carried out. But equally important, a place for men to socialize and share ideas and comment on the state of affairs. Not many immigrants were overtly political,...

At 107, Frank Sacco could be the oldest man in Connecticut. It’s hard to know for sure. “It doesn’t matter, because no one’s playing bocce” at that age, said his son, Andrew Sacco. “There may be someone lying in his bed somewhere.” Frank Sacco isn’t lying in bed at the home he shares with his son and daughter-in-law in Cheshire. He’s still a regula...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

The American Italian Women of Greater New Haven have been very busy planning the Scholarship Fashion Show Fundraising Luncheon and other actions. The Fundraiser was an outstanding success. We were able to give 3 Scholarships this year (2022). It was a wonderful afternoon at The Woodwinds in Branford CT. A delicious lunch was prepared by their culin...

Of all the European languages you can study, Italian is among the least practical. You can use your knowledge of it, of course, in Rome and Venice and throughout “the boot,” or should your voice possess a three-octave range, accompany Andrea Bocelli on Spotify. And for practical usage without having to cross the Atlantic, our own Italian-rich commu...

Located in the heart of New Haven, CT is Wooster St., also known as the “Pizza Capital of Connecticut.” There are several popular restaurants there, that people count among their favorites for great Italian food, and among them is Abate Apizza & Seafood Restaurant. The Abate family is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Abate Apizza on Wooster St....

In each village and town in southern Italy, in the region of Campania, there is a patronal celebration just about every week throughout the summer. These celebrations are devotional commemorations of the liturgical feast day of the patron saint of each locality. Those who settled in Wooster Square bought their devotions with them, and one of the fi...