NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

A mechanical engineer turned celebrity chef is connecting the Southeast – including Aiken – to Italian cuisine through a unique partnership among local friends. Riccardo Manieri has been commissioned for the fourth year to prepare a menu he created especially for the annual Partners in Friendship dinner Saturday, Feb. 18. Manieri hails from Orvieto...

Popular Italian restaurant Trevioli, which has operated out of a north Columbus storage complex for three years, is moving toward completion of its brand new home on Blackmon Road in Columbus. “We’re scheduled to open the second week of March or the third week of March at the most,” said Sanjay Choudhury, a Columbus businessman who is a partner wit...

It’s hard to imagine what it feels like if Jerry Seinfield, one of the biggest stand-up comics in the world, places his enthusiastic stamp of approval on your head. Sebastian Maniscalco does. Last year, the Italian American from Chicago was invited to be a guest on Seinfeld’s Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “It was like my Johnny...

There are a dozen different sandwiches on Joey Tomatoes’ menu, but it makes no difference which one you order. You’re there for the bread. Not that there’s anything wrong with what’s between the slices, as the crowds at the proudly Italian deli can attest. Ever since Joe Spiotta and George Sarkis rebranded their shotgun luncheonette on Chuck Dawley...

The Florida Amateur Driving Club is hosting a friendly, but highly competitive, event versus some of the top Italian amateur drivers in a four-race series encompassing the weekend at Pompano Park. The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated almost $180,000 to worthwhile organizations on the strength of club members donating all driving fees to cha...

Mario Rizzotti is a man on a mission, and he’s coming to Augusta as part of it. “One of the reasons I’m taking this tour is to promote the healthy side of Italian cuisine,” said Rizzotti, a Food Network Iron Chef judge who is traveling to all 50 states as part of his “4 the Love of Italian Food” tour. He will be in Augusta on Feb. 20 at Ristorante...

After close to 8,000 people turned out for the first Italian Fest last year, the city of Boca Raton has added more food and wine vendors and expanded the footprint to close off Federal Highway in front of Sanborn Square for the party from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25. "We'll have 20 food vendors and multiple bars; last year we had one, this year we have th...

“I enjoy people, and I entertain a lot. Food and wine should be shared with everybody. Bring out the good stuff, don’t hold back! The good stuff should always be shared with those you love.”  — Carmela Porter. Maybe it’s her Italian heritage, or warm smile and ready laugh, but when petite Carmela Porter walks into a room she brings a big enthusiasm...

DOUBLING UP: Tod’s is twice as nice in Miami, its sole U.S. city with two stores. The Italian brand wanted to follow up its longtime Bal Harbour, Fla., boutique with something special for its new location in the Miami Design District. The neighborhood provided an obvious art platform, expressed through mobile wall panels that connect to form a 60-f...

For those who thought Sbarro and the mall were inseparable, think again. After operating in Coastland Center for at least 20 years, the quick-service pizzeria chain vanished in late January from the Naples mall. A temporary renovation wall covering Sbarro’s former food court space announces the April opening of Villa Italian Kitchen. Sbarro’s lease...

One of New York’s best-loved restaurants, Sant Ambroeus (340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach), which has three locations in the city and a fourth in Southampton, has finally expanded outside the state, opening an outpost at the new Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. After a little over a month, a table at Sant Ambroeus is already one of the tough...

When you say “Italian,” and you mean music, food and wine, you have to head to the 2nd Annual Italian Fest in downtown Boca Raton on Feb. 25. Head for the many food booths, and stick around for the entertainment: Aaron Caruso, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, Tre Bella and Frank Sinatra tribute singer Frank Todaro. Of course, there’s beer and cocktails, to...