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Soon after New Jersey transplant Anthony Spina opened O4W Pizza in Atlanta’s Irwin Street Market in 2015, his signature Grandma Pie became a sensation, gathering a cultlike following and “best-of” accolades from dining critics.  But in 2016, Spina left Irwin Street for a restaurant on Main Street in Duluth, where his famous 16-inch square pan pie c...

There's a circus in town that's giving a whole new meaning and twist to what we usually see at these fun family shows. Cirque Italia presents a new, modern-age show and it has set up tent in Melbourne with 35,000 gallons of water to make for a one-of-a-kind circus. From contortionists to mermaids to an act on the "Wheel of Death," this is one show ...

Saturday January 26 and Sunday January 27 - 10824 Village Parkway Drive Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. Tradition Taste of Little Italy at Tradition in Port St. Lucie. The two-day family Italian street festival will have national entertainment, authentic food, festival rides and games, free wine and cooking demonstrations and lots more. Admission is...

When it comes to food, Jacksonville is quite the melting pot for such a small town. Offerings range from the usual fast-food restaurants and home-cooking havens to Thai, Mexican and barbecue. Even Italian. Roma Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville -- in a strip center with plentiful parking -- looks rather nondescript. Inside, the walls are a deep pl...

Vincent "Vinny" Fortunato has a knack for opening restaurants. Fortunato moved to the U.S. from Italy in 1974 at age 17. Two years later, after saving up $10,000, he launched his first Italian eatery near Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army post outside of Baltimore. In four decades, he's opened (and sold) a total of 63 restaurants in both Maryland an...

Virginia Elena Carta, an easy-to-like Italian with a brain as big as her heart, will leave Duke University next spring with so much more than a national championship ring. College golf doesn’t have the allure it once did. The best players skip it altogether. The next-best generally stay for a season or two. Those who experience the kind of first-ye...

Italian brothers from Oakland, Tennessee, John and Charlie Harrell, had a cheesy idea to start a business in the Hub City. “I told my brother to keep all your recipes in your back pocket for later and finally, we said, ‘alright let’s make our own pizza business,'” said John. Since late October, the Harrell brothers have owned and operated Carrico’s...

Frank and Andrea Randazzo are really busy people. For real. Most people who have kids, activities and full time jobs couldn’t imagine putting together fresh, homecooked meals on a regular basis. That’s where these two come in. The culinary vets who ran Talula together in Miami Beach from 2003 to 2010, have gone digital. Their company is called is R...

A new Italian pizzeria and restaurant debuted Friday in the Fifth Avenue South space occupied briefly by Kitchen and for many years by Mangrove Cafe. The partners for the new dinner-only La Trattoria in Naples are Luca Di Falco, who also is managing partner of Bice and Caffe Milano on Fifth Avenue South; Massimiliano Tonni, former manager of Caffe...

I have a confession. I’m obsessed with anything and everything Italian, to the point where I’ve secretly wished my family was from Italy just to justify my obsession. I adore the hyper-local attention on ingredients, customs, boisterous gatherings with mounds of food, the language. Some people are Francophiles, others Anglophiles. But me, I’m an It...

New Year’s Eve traditions may vary around the world, but there sure are a lot of similarities. When Gianni Betti, front-of-the-house manager and co-owner of Cibo e Beve Italian Restaurant, talks about New Year’s Eve celebrations in his childhood in Florence, Italy, he reminisces about meals filled with friends and family and rich dishes to herald a...

Nino’s Italian Restaurant in south Fort Myers has been closed since a fire occurred in the kitchen in early July. The restaurant's future is now in further question following the death of longtime owner and partner Graziano Buccini on Thanksgiving night.  "I'm not sure what's going to happen," Buccini's sister Anna Scaduto said. Scaduto opened the...