An Italian restaurant concept will open its first Alabama location later this summer in Mountain Brook. MidiCi, the Neapolitan Pizza Company, will open in Lane Parke in August. We previously reported that the franchise location will be located at 270 Rele St. Information from MidiCi (which means "You tell me," in Italian) said franchisee Lane Carri...

This summer in late July the members of Tony and Pauline Oropallo’s family will gather for their "Big Six" family reunion. The tradition began in the late 1970s and there has been at least one reunion every decade since. The name "Big Six" is in honor of the six Oropallo children: Harry, Eugene, Mary, Louis, Teresa and Anthony. Family members will...

Joe Sacco, the only son of Italian immigrants, left his Alabama farm and landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion in 1944. While serving in the 92nd Signal Battalion and Patton’s famed Third Army, Sacco and his second family found themselves at the forefront of the Allied push through France and Germany. After more than a year of fighting...

Trattoria Pizza and Italian will soon be opening its newest location at OWA, Coastal Alabama’s award-winning resort destination. Trattoria Pizza & Italian has quickly become a regional favorite being recently voted both best pizza and best kept restaurant secret in South Alabama. “Having an Italian offering at OWA has always been a key component in...

The Feast of St. Mark will celebrate its seventh year this April. The annual event, hosted by Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, will be April 28 starting at 3 p.m., with an early Saturday mass. Following that, there will be food, entertainment, kid’s activities and dancing. The festival’s mission is to recognize and know the story of the c...

The Cultural Italian American Organization of Cayuga County — also known as CIAO — is hosting a St. Joseph’s Day Feast Celebration Sunday, March 18. The feast will include traditional food, including bread shaped like the shepherd hook, and a religious ceremony with a small procession, and everyone is asked to wear red, the traditional color for St...

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...

Three winters ago, Alabama head women’s golf coach Mic Potter and his assistant, Susan Rosenstiel, attended the ANNIKA Invitational, a top-flight junior event in Reunion, Florida, to watch and meet potential prospects. While there, they met Stefano Sardi, the manager of the Italian girls' national team, who had accompanied one of his players, Carol...

Italy gave the Tuskegee Airmen a home. Now an Italian corporation hopes to make its home in Alabama for what could be a transformational project. Italian ambassador Armando Varricchio visited Moton Field in Tuskegee today, touring the training home of the celebrated World War II fighter pilots. Along with Varricchio was William Lynn III, CEO of Leo...

More than two decades ago, a friend visited Michael Gondevas in New York and convinced him to come south to operate an Italian restaurant in Albertville. “I came down, I liked the South and I moved down here and I took over Giovanni’s,” Gondevas said. Co-owner Anthula Gondevas credits the Southern hospitality and friendly local support with helping...