Lou Del Bianco’s grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, may not be a household name – but it should be. Luigi was one of the chief carvers of South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. Today, 78 years after the national monument was completed, Lou, an author and performer from New York, is traveling the country telling the story of his grandfather. Lou contacted Sprin...

One of MGM Springfield’s two fine-dining operations, Cal Mare is the gaming resort’s acknowledgement of Italian food’s near-universal appeal. Located off the main casino, Cal Mare's bright and airy open-plan layout lets suggestions of slot machine honky-tonk filter in. A proscenium kitchen delivers behind-the-scenes perspectives; a mostly tables-an...

A catastrophic event at the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts last January shut down the facility for most of this year because of the extensive damage incurred. The center, located at 56 Margaret St. in the city's South End neighborhood, is preparing to open its doors again for holiday events. The cultural center still finds itself...

Two musical works, relatively unknown in America,  will be among the selections at the "Viva Italia" concert at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. It will include a mixture of rarely heard pieces including a sonata for trumpet and strings by Galuppi Baldassare and a concerto for two oboes by Antonio Vivaldi. T...

Springfield native publishes her first book Worcester - Lauren Scibelli Mullin is no stranger to the South end of Springfield. With all the excitement and changes currently taking place in downtown Springfield, the largest being the brand new MGM Casino, there is much excitement and anticipation for the new businesses coming to downtown. But let us...

The Italian flag is now flying in Springfield for Italian Heritage Month. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and representatives from the Italian Cultural Center raised the flag during a ceremony at the Christopher Columbus Statue in the city's South End Monday. Sarno issued a proclamation saluting Italian Americans who helped make Springfield a bette...

Let's be honest. Visiting the Stearns Square area of downtown Springfield can currently be a hassle as that outdoor space and the streets that surround it undergo a total rebuild. But a bit of construction dust and delay shouldn't deter a visit to Art e' Pizza, which offers those who enjoy good food compelling reasons to make the trip. Offering piz...

Michael Casinelli of Shelton did all he could to make his Gael football team the best it could be. In earning All State, All-Walter Camp, All-Southern Connecticut Conference, as well as USA Today All USA Connecticut honors, Casinelli put in his time in the weight room and went over video of opponents. He was as diligent with his studies. Casinelli...

Before the MGM lion roared in Springfield's South End,  lions made of colorful lights adorned Main Street for the annual Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society festival. The annual Italian festival, like many other things, have faded into history. The city's South End has changed in the decades leading up to the Aug. 24 opening of the $960 million casino d...

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and local Italian-Americans gave a warm welcome Thursday to a delegation from Bracigliano, Italy, which is the hometown of thousands of city residents, including the mayor's parents. Sarno met with Bracigliano Mayor Antonio Rescigno and others at City Hall, exchanging gifts and pledging to continue the close ties between Spri...