Tuscan Brands began in 2010 with Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, New Hampshire.  Their brand continues to grow with the addition of locations in Burlington, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Joe Faro owner of the Tuscan brands believes strongly in giving back to the community.  He serves a large family-style meal to vet...

Italian emigration to the United States came, of course, initially to the East Coast. Then the Italians spread throughout America, but many remained on the Atlantic coast. Not all of them, however, settled in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Some went north and stayed in Rhode Island, others further up Massachusetts, others even continued north...

Raising concerns about both the process and potential controversy, Mayor Rick Becksted ruled Monday that a City Council vote on permanently recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day would have to wait three weeks. Passionate high school advocates turned out to support the item, which they first brought to the council’s attention l...

YOUR TRUSTY restaurant reviewer visited the newly opened eatery on Portsmouth’s Market Square on a chilly late afternoon and was seated (along with the Primary Dining Companion) on the very spot where a friendly Bank of America staffer once helped Our Gourmet wire money. It’s not the first bank to be converted to a restaurant on Market Square. Next...

Inside the recently restored 1804 New Hampshire National Bank building in Market Square, one of the original vaults has been transformed into a wine room, abutted by humidity and temperature-controlled dry aging cabinets containing premium cuts of sirloin, long-bone ribeye and pork loin.  The light-washed brick walls now have hand-painted murals in...

The third time’s the charm, they say, and in the case of the Rosa Restaurant, the third time will be a return to the beginning. Set for a grand reopening this weekend, the historic Italian restaurant on State Street – once thought to be the longest, continuously run restaurant under a family name in New England – will see its third rebirth, at its...

Friday, Sep 25, 2020 at 8:30 PM. Roundabout Diner and Lounge, 580 Portsmouth Traffic Circle, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Get tickets here. Frank is an Italian-American who is best known for playing the recurring role of “Georgie the Bartender” in The Sopranos. Frank is also well known for his star role in The Godfathers of Comedy. Frank has starred in n...

Amid regular announcements of permanent restaurant closures forced by COVID-19, a historic favorite will return to the city’s downtown this fall. Announced over the weekend, the Rosa Restaurant will see its third incarnation at its original 70 State St. location. Armando’s, the restaurant which took over the space in late 2018, is now marked as “pe...

The Tuscan Brands artisan Italian restaurant company is looking to open a new Tuscan Market cafe concept in downtown Portsmouth. As the company prepares for the endeavor, it will host a job fair this Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair will take place at the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant located at 581 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. Tuscan B...

Joe Faro has the original newspaper article announcing the closure of Cafe Brioche in 2004, which at the time was thought to be the heart and soul of Market Square. “There was an uproar,” Faro said. The owners simply posted a 34-word farewell message on the door. A few months later, Breaking New Grounds coffee shop moved into the space from its nea...