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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...

Get ready to say goodbye to Passion8, Luca and Jessica Annunziata’s Elizabeth Avenue restaurant, and say ciao to Luca/A Modern Italian Kitchen, a reset they hope will bring them back toward the food they started out to make when they got to Charlotte 12 years ago. “It’s kind of been a long time coming,” she said after sending out a restaurant newsl...

The new partnership between the IACC and the Miami Heat is bringing you a unique event on the night of March 21. Join us for a VIP Party in the spectacular XFINITY EAST PLAZA, followed by the match: Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns. Do not miss also the opportunity to get a POST GAME THROW PASS and a special edition MIAMI HEAT-IACC T-SHIRT, included in...

While the 2017 season of the Sarasota Opera marks the first time in 29 years that Verdi is not on the program, many things remain the same. "The mission hasn't changed," says Executive Director Richard Russell. "To do opera very well the way the composer intended, as we do, is increasingly rare in the opera world right now. What you'll see with us...

The Visual & Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College is excited to present “Italian American Reconciliation,” a comic folktale by John Patrick Shanley, winner of the 1988 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film Moonstruck. The play is described as a fanciful, lighthearted and zestfully comic exploration of male/female r...

John Alfano’s parents bought Doris Italian Market & Bakery in 1982 when the specialty supermarket had a single location in Broward County. The family-owned chain opened its second location two years later in Sunrise. Four more stores followed, including a 24,000-square-foot location in North Palm Beach, which opened in the Shoppes at City Centre on...

Antonio Mellino opened a low key version of his Quattro Passi restaurant all the way back in 1983 – and over the years, it came to not only secure two Michelin stars, but to also be considered by many to be the top dining destination n the entire Amalfi Coast of Italy. Celebrities – including Beyonce, Jay-Z and assorted British royals – have fl...