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The Nashville Italian Lights Festival will turn its focus to the sky on Aug. 21 for the epic solar eclipse. The festival actually starts on Friday, Aug. 18 at Bicentennial Mall State Park. The four-day event will offer a variety of food, wine, music and traditions. On the day of the eclipse though, the festival will turn its focus to the sky. “So t...

AL DENTE, the way Italians cook pasta, translates as “to the tooth.” It describes the feel of chewing on a correctly boiled noodle: somewhat stiff, cooked long enough that it kneads rather than crumbles or sticks between your teeth.  At Luca Modern Italian Kitchen, servers tell guests that the pasta is all made in-house, adding a gentle reminder th...

On July 26th, Michael Guzzino, President of the Blauvelt Sons of Italy Rockland Lodge 2176, presented former Rockland County Legislator and Veteran John Murphy with a check for $1,500. The money will go directly to support Rockland Homes for Heroes, a not-for-profit 501[c]3 corporation, created to provide supportive, permanent, affordable rental ap...

Sugo Rossa opened earlier this summer in Twelve Oaks Shopping Center in the space formerly occupied by Atlanta Bread Company. The Italian restaurant is the latest venture from the proprietors of Cotton & Rye, which has been a huge hit since opening at the corner of Habersham and 34th streets in 2015. I’ve been to Sugo Rossa twice — probably fewer t...

A deli debacle has given way to a pizza and pasta revival in Boca Raton. Veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport says he is bringing back Prezzo, his popular Italian restaurant from the 1990s, to the site where two New York-style delicatessens flopped this year. Rappy’s, a modern twist on the classic Jewish deli named in tribute to Rapoport’s father, sh...

Bandleader Carl Granieri wants to let people know he's in town. He could send out letters. He could make phone calls. He might even tap out a social media link or two.  Granieri wanted to let local event planners know what he's made of, however, so he's offering a free public show Monday, planning to pour jazz over the ears of anyone who comes. Of...

Alessandro Sanna's favorite soccer team, S.S. Lazio, flies an eagle around the stadium before the game begins. When he saw Nova and Spirit circling Jordan-Hare Stadium, he knew it was a sign he chose the right place to start his family and a traditional Italian restaurant.  "We are meant to be here," Alessandro said.  Born and raised poor in Rome,...

Si è svolta a Washington D.C. la cerimonia di consegna degli Awards del Pete Taylor Partnership of excellence, che, per la prima volta dalla sua istituzione, ha visto protagonista l’istituzione italiana consolare di Miami grazie anche alla importante attività operativa dell' Ente Gestore Odli.  Il Console Generale d’Italia a Miami, Gloria Marina Be...

Italian food lovers have a new restaurant where they can indulge themselves with homemade pasta and seafood dishes. Ciao Italia Bistro, which is located at 985 Highway 98 E, opened its doors last week and will offers northern Italian homemade cuisine specialties. “We make everything from scratch with high quality ingredients and we also purchase ou...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage (ASIH) enjoyed Chinese and Japanese cuisine at a "Cooks Day Off" luncheon at the Super Panda in Mandeville on July 12. 'Ciao' and 'Chow'  were the buzzwords at the spirited gathering. The luncheon was among the events scheduled throughout the year by ASIH, such as the Festa di San Guiseppe, or the...

A Hertford couple have been working all month to transform the former Water's Edge Grill on the Elizabeth City waterfront into an Italian restaurant that they hope to open sometime early next week. Andrew LeClair and his wife, Tiffany, plan to have a “soft” opening for their Paradiso restaurant just for family and friends on Tuesday. The LeClairs t...

Designed to make diners feel as though they’re inside an Italian home kitchen, Via Emilia 9 boasts an eat-in bar, a pasta making station, rustic chairs, a mini-market with Italian goods, and an entire chalkboard wall dedicated to showcasing featured wines. It’s intimate, romantic, and its shabby chic vibe makes you feel as though you’ve left South...