“Anybody have a guess?” Laura Parisi asked, brandishing a a metal artifiact of the old Grand Avenue. Parisi, president of the Italian-American Historical Society, brandished the artifact — a “cutter” — and challenged members of the crowd to identify its use as she joined heads of four other local historical societies in Lenzi Park on Jefferson Stre...

The only surviving son of Anne and Anthony Zambrano, Bernard Zambrano was a model of a young man, according to his relatives. On Monday, a plaque was installed on the Little Italy arch on Wooster Street, honoring the only known casualty of the Vietnam War from the Wooster Square neighborhood. But a gap in his college education — he was studying to...

After weeks of intense voting, Hearst Connecticut readers have chosen the winner of the iconic eatery bracket. Edging out Sally's Apizza, the number two seed, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has claimed the top spot as the most iconic eatery in the state.  The apizza restaurant survived four rounds of voting, in which it fended off Modern Apizza, R...

It was Mrs. Sargent’s admiration for the Italian work ethic that encouraged Sargent & Co. to recruit Italian men to come to New Haven to work for the hardware manufacturer. When the immigrants arrived in New Haven from Ellis Island, those who were conscripted to work at Sargent, which was located on Water Street in a large multibuilding complex, we...

With neon signs, smoking cocktails and two living walls with thousands of plants, Via in New Haven isn't your nonna's Italian restaurant. The gastrobar, which opened on Crown Street in October, specializes in Italian-influenced street food and small plates — and offers plenty of Instagram material, between its graffitied restroom hallway, drinks wi...

Cristoforo Colombo was always aloft on his pedestal, looking out toward the harbor and sea, to catch the next ship and to sail off to his next conquest. His replacement – the Italian, or perhaps universal, immigrant family – will have come from the sea, from far away, and to stay, to put down roots and to begin their American success stories. That’...

Celeb chef Christian Petroni, known in Connecticut as a former partner in Stamford's Fortina restaurant, is lending his expertise in Italian food to the Bertucci's restaurant group. Petroni, a past "Chopped" winner and victor on season 14 of "Food Network Star," grew up in an Italian family in the Bronx, and learned traditional Italian cooking from...

Gone are the benches, planters, flood lights, and gravel walking paths. The sculpture itself — of an aspiring immigrant family — remains in the picture, as a controversial plan to replace the former Wooster Square Christopher Columbus monument moved to a new stage. That was the update offered Wednesday night at a meeting of the Wooster Square Monum...

Zuppardi's Apizza, the popular West Haven pizzeria that also serves Libby's Italian Ices, will open a new takeout-only location in Ansonia on Feb. 2, the restaurant announced. "We are so thankful for your support and enthusiasm towards our new space in Ansonia!" the owners wrote on Facebook. "We are excited for this new addition to our family busi...

The Italian American community deeply mourns the loss of one of its great pillars on Sunday, Jan. 16. Anthony Vincent Riccio’s great passion was chronicling the lives of the Italian immigrants who settled in Boston’s North End, as well as those who settled in New Haven. I met Anthony for the first time in 2018 at a joint signing at I Am Books in Bo...