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by Russ Parsons   Santa Monica's landmark Valentino restaurant celebrated it's 40th birthday this winter with a couple months of festivities. But will it make 41? Maybe not. Owner Piero Selvaggio has put the restaurant up for sale. The price is high -- $4.9 million – but it is an attractive piece of real estate with a lot of restaurant histo...

Between 1850 and 1870, New Orleans boasted the largest Italian-born population of any city in the United States. Its early Italian immigrants included musicians, business leaders and diplomats. However, by 1910, the city's French Quarter was a "Little Palermo" with Italian entrepreneurs, laborers and restaurateurs dominating the scene. The majority...

Maria Fassio Pignati's last convention as Grand Lodge President. Lynn Lawrence Murphy elected as new Grand Lodge President. Hats worn on first day of convention in honor of the late, great State Orator, Janet Capello. 80's Night, Entertainment Night, featuring Steve Waddington, Joey Gian, Marco Varela with a surprise appearance by Soprano Maria Fas...

Sapori Ristorante Italiano opened for business Monday in New Town, located in a large space at the corner of Center and Courthouse streets.   "The menu is built to provide traditional staples like lasagna and manicotti to more intricate dishes like grilled Branzino, Tuscan veal chop, quail and rabbit," said Dario Amato, who co-owns the resta...

by Rob Lovitt   Violating the first rule of visiting a museum — look but don't touch the art — an American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence.   According to the Italian newspaper, Corriere Fiorentino, the snap heard around the art world took place...

The Scottsdale City Council has approved plans to demolish most of the upscale shopping center known as The Borgata and replace it with condominiums.   Built in 1981 to resemble an Italian village, the Borgata is considered a Scottsdale landmark. But on Monday, the City Council signed off on a general plan amendment and rezoning to allow th...

Want to learn Italian? Whom better to learn from than a native speaker with a passion for teaching and a love for Italy. Sabrina Amadei has been teaching Italian for thirty years and has her own Italian language school in Winchester, Massachusetts. Sabrina grew up in Verona, Italy. She started her career in teaching when, at age 14, she taught bal...

Finlay Park will be the scene for a free series of performances of a play by an Italian playwright starting Tuesday evening, and it's all free. The South Carolina Shakespeare Company will present Carlo Goldini's "A Servant of Two Masters" on Tuesday through Saturday at the park amphitheater. The play will also run Oct. 4-8 at Saluda Shoals.  ...

The Induction Committee of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) announced today the inductees for the Class of 2013. This year's class includes: former Chicago Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk, who played 17 seasons in the NHL, accumulated almost 800 points, and was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012; Johnny Antonelli, fiv...

San Diego's Little Italy doesn't need much help promoting how hip it is. It already boasts authentic Italian eateries, art galleries and Wi-Fi-friendly cafes. But once a year, the Little Italy Association throws a giant festa, a free street celebration that invites the rest of the region to experience all the neighborhood has to offer.  ...

World renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli is officially a South Florida resident. The Italian tenor just bought a Mediterranean-style estate in North Miami Beach a few weeks ago. Although Italy will still remain his home base, his new waterfront property is his first home in the U.S.He plans to come here often with his children and longtime love...

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee I am enormously pleased to announce the selection of Mark Robbins as the President and CEO-elect of the American Academy in Rome.   In January 2014 Mark will succeed Adele Chatfield-Taylor, FAAR'84, who has led the Academy for twenty-five remarkably transformative years...