NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

“I take my camera everywhere I go,” said Torrance Hall, a high school senior from Richmond, Va., who received the second annual Max Mara Young Visionary Award through the Italian fashion house’s ongoing partnership with the National YoungArts Foundation headquartered in Miami.  The budding photographer slung a Canon EOS Rebel T3i over his shoulder...

Francis Casciato is the executive chef for the Sarasota-based TableSeide Restaurant Group that includes Libby’s Café + Bar, Louies Modern, Muse at The Ringling, Oak & Stone, Banyan Cafe, The Francis and Modern Events. He grew up in a culinary-minded Italian-American family and studied his craft in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida and working f...

Consul General of Italy, Gloria Bellelli, will attend the Okaloosa County School Board meeting Monday to sign a formal memorandum of understanding between the Italian government and the district. As part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program at Eglin Air Force Base, the Italian Air Force is establishing a permanent presence in the area and will...

To close out this year, Sarasota Film Festival had one of its most famous frequent visitors speak at length about his career. Oscar-nominated actor and director Stanley Tucci, who has attended the festival numerous times including Saturday’s closing ceremony, participated in an hourlong conversation Sunday at Florida Studio Theatre. David Edelstein...

The 8th Annual Benvenuto Americans of Italian Heritage Charity Bocce Tournament was held on March 18, with all proceeds benefitting Combat Veterans to Careers. A total of 128 players participated at bocce courts at four different locations in The Villages with the finals being played and a delicious lunch served at Hibiscus Recreation Center. The w...

Less than two months after the end of the Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival and some six weeks after the Memphis Jewish Community Center's Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival comes another annual movie event with an international perspective, the Italian Film Festival USA at the University of Memphis. Like its p...

I had pizza on the brain, but not in my belly, after the troubled recent inaugural edition of the Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival. Like other attendees who felt short-sliced, I wound up hankering and hunting for cheesy goodness in the aftermath. Such is the power of pizza. It is America’s ultimate communal comfort food, the stuff of teen sleepovers,...

Florida International University just named its stadium after Riccardo Silva, an Italian entrepreneur whose holdings include soccer teams, modeling agencies, restaurants and a real estate investment firm. Silva, the owner of Silva International Investments, has donated more than $3 million to the FIU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics since 20...

Are you looking for a weekend gateway and wondering where you can go? Enough of the hustle bustle of the city. Why don’t you get the taste of sea therapy? Yes, salt water, breeze, sand and food; this is the combination that can melt anyone’s heart. And if you want a perfect combo of all the above-mentioned things, visit South Florida. Don’t you thi...

If you like the quality of luxury goods, but snarl at the prices, you’re gonna love the new boutique: C’Art Miami. They’re all about affordable luxury! But that’s not all. C’Art sells only Italiano! Shireen is crazy for their sunglasses and satchels. Tonight, it’s one of her favorite things. Ever dreamed of shopping in Rome? How about Venice – gond...

While his brothers hunted, Roy Mattina Sr. danced. The 92-year-old Biloxi native was always one of a kind. He was from a tight-knit generation born and raised on Point Cadet, a peninsula settled by immigrants on Biloxi’s eastern tip. Mattina was proud of his Italian heritage in a neighborhood where there were societies for residents of French, Ital...

For 20 years, Festa Italiana has filled the streets of historic Ybor City, celebrating Italian culture and heritage by showcasing cuisine from area restaurants, live entertainment, a variety of wines and spirits and an assortment of activities. It was in the spring of 1997 that people first gathered in Centennial Park, 1800 E 8th Ave. for the inaug...