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Meatballs to Mozart – that more or less describes the journey of Dan Dalpra who owns the Italian Fisherman in Bemus Point. The Ohio native opened the restaurant in his wife’s hometown in 1982. He has since expanded multiple times, spurred development in Chautauqua County, and created the popular Bemus Bay Pops concert series. As he celebrates 35 ye...

Having recently led the Italian Women’s Softball National Team to a second place finish in the 2017 European Baseball Championship with a .529 batting average in 34 at-bats, Laura Vigna now faces even a bigger challenge in the weeklong World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) beginning July 24, 2107 at t...

The 36th annual St. Vitus Parish Festival runs Aug. 2-5, beginning at 6 p.m. nightly at the church grounds, located at 910 S. Mercer St. Highlights include fireworks by Pyrotechnico, kiddieland rides and concessions by Thomas Family Amusement, games, Italian-American entertainment, a grand raffle and a baby doll dance. The food menu includes: night...

When it comes to hiring a chef for her restaurants, Lidia Bastianich looks beyond the resume of the person’s culinary career, prowess in the kitchen and good references. It is a lot more personal for her. She considers the person’s potential. Is he creative? Can he execute with precision at the spur of the moment? Will he be able to go the extra mi...

Margaret Krzeminski has pretty much spent her entire life living in West Haven’s Allingtown section and going to church at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on First Avenue. Now, after all these years, Krzeminski — like parishioners at churches across the area as the Archdiocese of Hartford consolidates parishes from 212 to 127 — is facing big chang...

From pastries to pasta and pizza, Italian food was the focus of the Italian-American Festival at Lock 3 Park, which took place July 13-15. Those who attended the annual event could walk through a midway of booths and trailers offering a range of Italian specialties and other festival favorites. Shown at right is the Corbo’s Bakery booth as an emplo...

A recently opened Italian restaurant in Port Chester with a two-century-long legacy is giving hungry diners a new reason to say “that’s amore.” Brandi Trattoria & Pizzeria opened the doors of its 4,500-square foot restaurant in May and offers an array of Italian favorites, from penne alla vodka to pasta cartoccio. The sleek 200-seat eatery at 108 A...

Venice has topped travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, but in recent years the city has struggled to cope with mass tourism, while tension has grown between visitors and locals. By the 17th century, a trip to Venice had become a rite of passage for upper class northern Europeans, who flocked to the lagoon city as part of the Italian Grand Tour....

The 35th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday at the McLure Hotel in Wheeling as nearly 200 festival supporters gathered for a dinner to honor the 2017 Italian-American of the Year, former Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile. Gentile was introduced by former U.S. Rep. Zack Space, who is currently running as a Demo...

As a general rule in Allegheny County, boroughs are municipalities, historically and economically tied to the industry within their bounds, while townships are adjacent suburbs. But Stowe Township and the borough of McKees Rocks are an exception to this rule. The big plants north of the Rocks Bridge are actually in Stowe, and the busy, brick-paved...

The Maryland Lyric Opera Young Artist Institute sponsors a three-week intensive institute for young artists in the DC/MD/VA area.  5 singers and a pianist participate in an intensive, holistic program that addresses the needs of young artists pursuing a career in opera.  Young artists work primarily on full Italian opera roles, recitatives, and ari...

Gabriele Bonci, the esteemed Roman pizza maker, has set a target date for the opening of his upcoming West Loop pizzeria."I will be in Chicago on August 15 for the opening of my new pizzeria,” Bonci wrote in a Facebook message (in Italian, in response to my questions written in Google-translated Italian). This will be his second trip in quick succe...