NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

Back by popular demand, "America’s Got Talent" golden buzzer winner Sal Valentinetti returns to the King Center on Saturday, March 10. The Italian-American crooner who came to be known as “Sal the Voice” after his successful run on the 11th season of the hit NBC show, is touring in support of his debut EP “The Voice.” I spoke with Valentinetti abou...

John J. Brunetti Sr., the colorful and sometime controversial owner of Hialeah Park and three Florida-based Thoroughbred racing and breeding farms, died peacefully at his Boca Raton home on March 2. Brunetti, 87, had been in tenuous health since undergoing the removal of a cancerous lung last year. The Bronx-born son of an Italian immigrant who ins...

A “Viva Italia” grand opening celebration for the new Peacock Maserati & Alfa Romeo outlet will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Peacock Auto Mall. Area dignitaries have been invited to join Peacock executives for the ribbon cutting and party to officially welcome the area’s first and only signature brand Maserati luxurious car...

For the 14th consecutive year, Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has earned the AAA Four Diamond restaurant designation. Sale e Pepe was the only restaurant on Marco Island receiving the prestigious rating and one of just two restaurants in Southwest Florida included in the trave...

Rouses Markets is partnering with the Italian Trade Agency to add Italian imports to Rouses stores throughout the Gulf Coast, including cheese, cured meats, preserves and wine. “This partnership expands exponentially the Italian imports we have on our shelves for our customers,” said Donny Rouse, CEO of the Thibodaux, La.-based grocery chain. “We’v...

Great food, music, fellowship and more will be on the menu for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church's 17th annual Irish-Italian Festival on March 17. The festival will feature games for children, a silent auction and an art show featuring local artists.  The menu for the festival includes Irish stew, spaghetti and meatballs, sausage dogs, pizza, cott...

A highly social, fun, outdoor recreational institution in the Cape for 30-plus years is more popular than ever. The most dedicated and expert bocce players at Veterans Park belong to men’s and women’s associations, Italian-American and Goodfellas leagues that compete on six courts nearly every day and evening during busy season. Players are also we...

Curved along the light-filled banks of a large ocean inlet in the private side of Mid-Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach is an exclusive community and the first full-scale residential architectural project designed by Master Italian architect Piero Lissoni. The expansive, seven-and-half-acre property extends itself with elegant design,...

Chef Louie Bossi is the man behind his namesake popular restaurant off Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. It is part old world Italian, part hip modern eatery. The 10-thousand square foot restaurant with seating inside and out has become a neighborhood hotspot. In the piazza, dining al fresco, CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo spoke to Chef Louie. “My goal...

South Carolina's public school system has become a national leader in Montessori education, apparently because it embraced such schools early on. The Palmetto State has more public Montessori programs than any state except California, according to a new report from the Riley Institute at Furman University. As of 2016, South Carolina had 7,402 stude...

Redsauce was opened as a tribute to Italian-American food, heritage and the little old-school restaurants known as “redsauce joints” in densely populated neighborhoods. The restaurant has been a staple in The Villages for 10 years, the last three years under the family ownership of Jack and Theresa Suleiman. The Villages residents Jeanie Harkin and...

“The Authentic Italian Table” will gather most of the South Florida restaurants honored with the Italian Quality Seal – Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana as well as gourmet food & wine importers. It will be an high-end Italian food & wine event, for 100+ industry leaders, journalists, influencers and for a selected group of 500+ foodies. The Italy-Ameri...