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by Jeff Berlinicke   Jack Provenzano is very, very Italian. His heritage is in his blood and in his heart — and he wants to share it with other Italians throughout Hillsborough County. He is the president of the newly formed Italian American Club at the Northdale Recreation Center. It is open to everyone — even to non-Italians — and mee...

By Whitney Hill   The Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Strand Lodge 2868 and the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting "An Evening with Aaron Caruso" on September 19th to benefit the Special Olympics.   Aaron Caruso studied voice in Italy and New York and toured with Joan Rivers as her opening act across the United S...

For the first time the IACC is collaborating with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Italy for the project called Signa Maris, aimed to promote cultural and natural offerings of the Southern Italy via its ports, particularly those ports in the Regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia (Apulia) and Sicilia (Sicily).   The project Si...

by Victoria Pesce Elliott   A narrow, unmarked alley off Commodore Plaza leads to Strada, the sexy new Italian in the Grove. The wall is lined with hanging pots filled with basil, thyme, tarragon, rosemary and tiny tomatoes.   "It is my little passion," says owner Maurizio Farinelli, the Torino native who once owned South Miami's popu...

by Julian Brunt   Chef Hristo Drakopoulos of Sicilian II said he cooks because it is his love and passion. "When you walk out my door and are smiling, then I know I've done my job," he said. If you are a lover of Italian food, it is a real treat to get something prepared by Drakopoulos, whose grandmother was born in Sicily and move...

by Christine Dolen   No doubt about it, taking in an opera can be expensive. But Miami Lyric Opera has patron-friendly ticket prices and is offering an even better deal for its July 11-12 performances of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at Miami Beach's Colony Theatre.   If you enter the code mlo20 online or mention it when you order, you c...

The Naples Italian American Foundation invites members and guests to a Labor Day social and barbecue dinner on Monday afternoon, Sept. 7, at club headquarters, 7035 Airport-Pulling Road. Bocce (weather permitting), bridge, mah jongg and poker will be played, and pulled pork and all the trimmings will be served. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.   Cos...

While guests consumed more than 500 plates of spaghetti at the 41st annual Feast of St. Joseph, many caught up with friends or sang along with classics from the 1950s to the 1970s. The March 19 event at the Sons of Italy Lodge benefited the MacDonald Training Center.   The late Al Noto Sr. started the tradition, and his family, friends,...

Joe DeBartolo has pizza in his blood. He came from a Sicilian family of restaurateurs (his dad, Vito, opened his first pizzeria in 1966), then ended up owning 75 I Love NY Pizza locations up and down the eastern seaboard. He sold them all in 2008 when the economy got bumpy for New York-style pizza, taking the opportunity to return to Sicily to...