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...

The University of New Hampshire (UNH), in collaboration with Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, brought the touring festival of rare and restored films “Il Cinema Ritrovato,” to the Durham campus and The Music Hall in Portsmouth. With a total of eight screenings shown from Tuesday, March 19 to Sunday, March 24, the festival attracted about 750 student...

Bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Tuesday, March 12. She will discuss her new memoir, MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, which recounts her journey from idyllic childhood to...

The doors at Tuscan Kitchen on Lafayette Road opened for the first time at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and by 3:20, there were only a few spots left at the spacious bar. Tommy Mattie of Nottingham has been anxiously awaiting the new Italian restaurant. Mattie said he has been trying to get to the Salem location after seeing it featured on the Food Network, b...

The long-anticipated opening of the Tuscan Kitchen will become a reality March 1 when the doors open for dinner at 581 Lafayette Road. This week, the restaurant was bustling with employees completing their fourth week of training, with chefs and cooks in the open kitchen and others serving artistically plated rustic Italian cuisine to staff.  This...

By Jeff McMenemy A group created to preserve, celebrate and share members' Italian heritage is holding its second annual membership drive Sunday, April 6, at the Portsmouth Public Library.   The Italian American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth will hold the membership drive from 2 to 4 p.m. in an effort to reach out to potential...

Rhode Island, yet again, holds a surprise, and it's not coffee milk or awful driving, but polo. For my dad's birthday, I got him tickets to see the Newport Polo Club play against Italy at Glen Farms in Portsmouth.   There are matches every Saturday throughout the summer at this Portsmouth farm, and tickets are only $12 for general admission,...

Just the name – "Louie's" – conjures up warmth and conviviality and that's just the feeling James Woodhouse and R.J. Joyce, the restaurateurs behind their new rustic Italian restaurant expected to open in the city in early May hope to get across. "It's all about a warm style of dining, heartwarming food, not pretentious," Woodhouse said. &nbs...

The Italian American Heritage Association plans its second membership drive on Sunday, April 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library in the Levenson Room. There will be applications and information available. You do not have to be Italian to join.   Our meetings are held once a month at the Portsmouth Public Library. Social hour be...