Nilo L. Vidi, who spent nearly 50 years making sure Baltimoreans’ knives remained sharp, died Friday from complications of dementia at his Woodbine home. He was 89. The son of Pietro Vidi, also a knife grinder, and Maria Ferrari Vidi, a homemaker, Nilo Louis Vidi was born in Pinzolo, a small village in the Italian Alps, and spent his early years th...

One of Baltimore's most beloved communities will soon get its own private security force in the wake of a citywide crime wave, a business leader said Tuesday. Gia Blattermann, owner of Cafe Gia on Eastern Avenue and High Street in Little Italy, said she has been in discussions with officials at the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to add an extr...

Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis says she is opening a new restaurant in Baltimore in 2018. De Laurentiis, who is known for her various roles on the Food Network, appeared on a Facebook Live video for the cable channel on Friday and was asked by a viewer if she planned to open any new restaurants."Yes, I'm going to open a restaurant in Baltimore,...

The scholarship program committee announced two 2017 scholarships: Victoria Tully is the recipient of the Jerome & Angela Elliott Scholarship ($4,000). Victoria is attending the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in Public Health; Anna Cuffari is the recipient of the Matricciani/Vondersmith Scholarship ($4,000).  Anna is attending Mar...

In memory of Sal Spinnato who grew up in Little Italy, was a bocce player, past president of the Little Italy Lodge, immersed in the parish and neighborhood, and a treasured friend to many, the Spinnato Family purchased and placed a new bench in Little Italy's bocce courts in memory of their brother/uncle/father. Father Bernie Carman, pastor of Sai...

Pop icon and Twitter mom/poet Cher’s Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” as a very, very Italian-American widow from a very, very Italian-American family is as big and memorable as, well, her hair. After losing her husband, Loretta Castorini is done with love, settling for the first drab fellow to get down on one knee (well, after she insists...

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has opened its doors in Little Italy. The Canada-based chain specializes in pizza and offers a menu of more than 80 items, including burgers, sandwiches, wings and pasta. Boston’s 14 specialty pizzas include the Florentine (topped with spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, mozzarella and Parmesan)...

Society of Italian American Businessmen held its 2nd Annual Italian-Irish Klassix Open Charity Golf Outing on June 5, 2017, at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America–Harford District. Each organization received a check for $4,011 t...

As Frank Cipolloni led dozens of parishioners from St. Leo the Great Church through the streets of Baltimore's Little Italy, he carried the memory of his father with him. Cipolloni's father, who died in 2002, had participated in the church's annual Feast of St. Anthony celebration for about 50 years. Cipolloni hopes his four grandsons will too take...

Gina Mossa Molino handed her writer daughter, Suzanna Molino, 16 typed pages of her life story and said, “I would like to do something with this.” Two years later, mamma and daughter hold in hand a 237-page book, The Italian Immigrants’ Daughter, which honors their family legacy of growing up with Italian immigrants Antonica Cabras and Giovanni Mos...