NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

When Lisa and Kelly Odish opened Fired Up Pizza & Ethnic Cuisine in November, they were looking for a new adventure in a warmer climate. The Odishs had been running a restaurant by the same name in Michigan since 2010, boasting a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the website Tripadvisor. But their desire for a change of scenery led them to transplant...

Giovanni Di Palma, famed pizza maker and owner of  the celebrity favorite restaurant group in Atlanta that includes Antico Pizza Napoletana, Gio’s Chicken, Bar Amalfi and Gio’s Caffee is bringing the centerpiece of his empire to Miami Beach’s Art Deco District.  The opening of Antico Pizza, at 1058 Collins Avenue, in the space that used to house hi...

Openings, launches, collabs, oh my! February brings the finest transitional looks and pieces for Miami's most fashionable. I LOVE LUCIA No one does Italian glam like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Need proof? How about the new handbag in Dolce & Gabbana’s oh-so-fab collection? The Lucia—a perfect complement to nearly any sartorial choice—not o...

Best from Italy’s mission is to provide the best quality products from Italy, only the original Made in Italy and import them to the USA, a country where a lot of products may say “Made in Italy” but it’s not really true. According to journalist Tom Mueller, speaking on the popular CBS News program “60 Minutes,” an astonishing 80% of the extra virg...

Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today it has signed three single unit franchise agreements to develop restaurants in the Tampa and Atlanta metro areas. In Tampa, the agreement with S.C.S. Hospitality Group marks the brand’s second franchised location in the Sunshine State. The two agreements in Georgia are with long...

Sharp eyes from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz resulted in a rundown of the new jersey numbers for Alabama’s early enrollees and a few switches for returners. It’s fairly routine stuff, except for one number reservation that jumped out at me. Najee Harris, a freshman running back coming off a meniscus tear and a recent 5-star recruit, was given No. 22. Recen...

For Feb. 6 to 12, Andrea Stellini of the Italian private school Collegio Rotondi got a taste of Rockingham County while staying in the Reidsville home of local Carlisle School student Samantha Rourk. Stellini, along with 12 other Collegio Rotondi students, came to visit in the United States and live with Americans as part of their school’s annua...

The history of Lincoln County’s “Little Italy” will be explored Thursday during a special post-Black History Month program hosted by the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hurst Review Services conference room, 127 S. Railroad Ave. Pat Williams Tillman, of Williams Mortuary, is the featured sp...

Zach and Amber Faulisi are ready to bring their Neopolitan-style pizzeria to downtown Cary. Zach Faulisi, the former chef de cuisine of The Durham restaurant, said they plan to open Pizzeria Faulisi Thursday, March 2, at 5 p.m. The restaurant is on the first floor of a building that’s been under construction at 215 E. Chatham St., next to Mid-Town...

The new South Beach restaurant Forte dei Marmi (150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) describes itself as having "sophisticated simplicity" in both its cuisine and atmosphere. Perhaps more interesting, however, is chef Antonio Melino's background. The Argentine-born, Italian-raised Melino has been in the restaurant business for 43 years. He's launched many s...

I’ve been checking on the progress of Fat Daddy’s Italian Deli and Market on U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce for a while now and I am happy to announce it's finally open. Fat Daddy’s is the sister restaurant for 2nd Street Bistro, a popular downtown spot, but this eatery went a whole new route with its cuisine. I had a long day ahead of me and was looking fo...

Bust out the forks and knives, it’s time for the South Florida’s Italian Festival. The event, which will include music, games and of course, a lot of Italian food, is set to take place from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Arts Park Young Circle in Hollywood. Food vendors catering the event include Gino's Italian American Market, Mama Mia Italian Ristora...