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Damon Mezzacappa, the former vice chairman of Lazard Freres & Co. who built the investment bank's capital-markets division in the 1980s and '90s, has died. He was 79. He died on April 14 at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, his wife, Katherine Bryan, said in a telephone interview. The cause was lung cancer. Mezzacappa joined the firm in Ne...

After solidifying his position as one of South Florida's most prolific chefs and restaurateurs – with seven Italian "ristorantes" to show for it – Angelo Elia wanted a new challenge. On Thursday, about two years since he last opened a restaurant, the Italian-born Elia decided to take a slice out of the bakery business, opening Angelo Elia The...

With authentic Italian food and live Italian music, Italianfest brings an air of Italy to the Tristate. The celebration kicks off with a bocce ball tournament at Pompilio's Restaurant (600 Washington Ave., Newport, pompiliosrestaurant.com) at 4 p.m.   On Wednesday. The four-day fest includes games, kids' rides, a cooking and pizza-eating con...

Tunu and Yona Puri, backed by Zuma co-founder Arjun Waney, have converted their 1-year-old Lippi into this Mediterranean coast-inspired Italian concept. "With Lippi having over 200 seats, it was too big to work," says Tunu. "We believed a smaller concept at 100 to 120 seats would be received better. It's really about the flow and the whole experie...

The Italian-American Cultural & Heritage Society of Washington County will award 11 scholarships to area students at a dinner May 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe. The scholarships, worth $3,000 each, are awarded through application of criteria that includes a one-page essay expressing their insights as a member of an Italian-America...

by Jennifer Agress   With its great weather, beautiful beaches and non-stop fun, everyone is aching to get to sunny South Florida – and not just for vacation. As the world's finest are quickly snatching up some of Miami's hottest real estate properties, they're also making sure their interiors measure up.   Enter Italkraft: a Miami-ba...

Sal Passalacqua has been spreading the taste of Italy with his family's touch since expanding his father's franchise in 2006 in Washington, N.C. Marabella Old World Pizza opened in Greenville in 2011, and in 2012, made Farmville its third home. This year, Passalacqua opened Nino's, a fine dining Italian restaurant in Greenville.   Read more...

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition "The Material of Culture: Renaissance Medals and Textiles from the Ulrich A. Middeldorf Collection" Oct. 26 to Jan. 12. Comprising works on loan from Indiana University Art Museum, this exhibition features rarely seen works of Italian Renaissance and Baroque decorati...

Molly Ward likes to build things.She took a pizza box, duct tape and a stick and made a brake for a wagon.The 11-year-old from Bowling Green who is home-schooled said the brake didn't work at first. "The stick kept falling off," she said.After several attempts, Molly was able to make her brake work. She knows inventing things is a system of trial a...

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers returns to the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, November 10 for Italian Fest 2013, sponsored by the Boston Red Sox Foundation. Italian Fest 2013 will tantalize your taste buds and provide entertainment for the whole family. Italian food will be plentiful, along with cold beverages, beer, wine, Italian ice and ice crea...

The department of modern languages and classics at The University of Alabama has grown over the years. Its growth includes the Italian program, which was established 25 
years ago.   Barbara Godorecci and her husband Maurizio were hired in the 1990s to create and implement the Italian progrm. The program went from a few courses to now offeri...

By Courtney Smith   Italy's ambassador to the United States visited Auburn University on Monday to expand student exchange programs and academic research partnerships with Italian universities. He also hopes American and European leaders will soon sign a free trade agreement and strengthen economies all over the globe.   Ambassad...