Fort Benning observed the German and Italian memorial day at the main post cemetery today. There are 51 German and Italian veterans of world war two laid to rest at the Fort Benning cemetery. Those soldiers became prisoners of war after they were captured by the allies. Olaf Ladegast was the Keynote speaker and emphasized that although these countr...

Still getting into the swing of things and dealing with “new baby syndrome,” my life is slowly starting to find some order. There has been an appreciated outpouring of love in the form of gifts of onesies (for baby Henry), a bottle or two of liquor (presumably for me), as well as diapers and baby wipes (for humanity). I expected some of our wonderf...

Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has a hard climb following season-opening Renée Fleming. But they’re prepared to come, to see and to conquer by taking the audience to the glory of Rome. Ottorino Respighi’s final of three suites inspired by the ancient Italian capital is the eponymous core of MSO’s “Roman Festivals” performances, Oct. 6 and 7. They...

Every college town has a go-to pizza place. Some might have two or even three. But only one town has Ricatoni’s. This Italian restaurant in historic downtown Florence has been around for decades serving tasty, homemade food, supporting its community and employing lots of local students, but the passion of owner Rick Elliott is what makes Ricatoni’s...

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...