Columbus, Ohio, is part of a profound and unique bond that connects Italy to the United States. This bond has roots in history; forged in values of freedom, democracy and human rights; nourished by countless joint endeavors, and defined by a strong shared belief that there is no limit to what our nations and people together can achieve. The birthpl...

Chef Avishar Barua places the flat, bronze disk he uses to extrude creste di galli (cock’s-comb-shaped) pasta, into my hand. The disk is warm from the heat of the kitchen where Barua makes his primo version of Johnny Marzetti, Columbus, Ohio’s signature dish. Barua’s Marzetti is a many-splendored thing: pasta dough using spent grain from the Middle...

The extraordinary violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to tackle Paganini's devilishly difficult Violin Concerto No. 1, and guest conductor Daniel Boico leads a marvelous tour of Italy with Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite III, and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4. The Columbus Symphony presents the Italian Festival at the Southern T...

The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Ohio's capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business Monday after observing Columbus Day probably "for as long as it had been...

Every year on Columbus Day weekend, the Italian community comes together for a 3-day celebration. Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Columbus Italian Festival. LOCATION: Italian Village (720 Hamlet St.). FESTIVAL HOURS. Friday, Oct. 5: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon - 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7: Noon - 7 p.m. TICKETS: $5 at the door;...

The Columbus Italian Festival’s 2018 theme celebrates FORZA ITALIANA, Italians in Sports with legends such as Rocky Marciano, Joe Di Maggio, Alicia Sacramone, Alberto Tomba, Mary Lou Retton, and a host of others. Join us for a full display of photos and short bio’s in the cultural tent.  We invite the northern Ohioans to join the Central Ohioans fo...

Just because the temperatures are back in the 90s doesn't mean you have to hide indoors. Organizers with the inaugural Italian Heritage Summer Festival say they've got ways you can beat the heat and still enjoy the outdoors. "We're ordering more ice, " says Organizer Sos Codispoti. He says you don't have to be Italian to enjoy the day. "There's foo...

Thursday, August 2, 17:30 EDT. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215. After the huge success of the last six years, we have been approached again by the Columbus Clippers and asked if we would be interested in hosting the seventh annual Italian Heritage Night at Huntington Park this summer. With our desire to raise the profile...

Family. Home-style cooking. Meatballs. These are the things that make “Mr. Meatball,” newly opened in Pataskala at 61 E. Broad St., special, say the Pataskala couple who own the enterprise. “We are truly a family business, doing most of our own production, and it’s about as close to home cooking as you’re going to find,” said Don Gullatta, who with...

Columbus’ historic Italian Village does not disappoint in terms of history, scenery, and unique finds. One of Columbus’ first suburbs, Italian Village has been home to Irish, Italian, and Black immigrant settlers throughout the 19th century, before experiencing major revitalization in the 1970s. Today, Italian Village is an eclectic mix of old and...