“Fusion” is a term that occasionally inspires a bit of trepidation. Jazz fusion has stood accused of combining the sounds and rhythms of jazz and rock music, losing the soul of both, and creating something less than the sum of its parts. A jack of all trades is a master of none, the thinking…

There are a number of unique things about Bistro on Main, Ben Dubow’s new venture on Main Street in Manchester. The first is that the word “venture” is something of an imprecise term for the restaurant: It is not, strictly speaking, a business venture. It is a social enterprise, owned and op…

All over New England, and in many communities in Connecticut, formerly industrial cities have struggled with what to do with their now-empty factories and mills. After deindustrialization, many New England communities have been left with sprawling, hulking structures with no jobs to fill the…

In that liminal space along the shoreline south of I-95 and Route 1, where the land seems to melt into the sea, there are some food treasures. Perhaps because of the history of clam shacks and lobster roll spots, there is a wonderful tradition of food that must be fast, unfussy and good. It …

A 1904 New York Tribune article about Italian immigration to New Haven carried the fevered headline “ITALIANS ARE FLOODING CONNECTICUT.” The article quotes the Rev. Joel Ives of the Missionary Society of Connecticut, who worries that the Italians coming into the state are “poor, superstitiou…

Toward the end of a satisfying meal at Nom-eez in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, while my group sat at one of two outdoor tables on the sidewalk, a passerby approached. “How is the food here?” he asked. He caught me moments after I had started to consume a mouthful of noodles. I grunt…