Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno celebrated National Meatball Day with a meatball crawl through five of the city's most iconic Italian eateries. Accompanied by City Solicitor Ed Pikula and Communications Director Marian Sullivan, the mayor visited Red Rose Pizzeria, Milano Importing, Frigo's Foods, Mom and Rico's and La Fiorentina/Zonin's Market on...

Mount Carmel Academy honor student Aubrie St. Germain will reign as queen of the 47th annual Italian American Marching Club's St. Joseph Parade on Saturday, March 18. The parade rolls at 6 p.m. and winds its way from the Convention Center through the French Quarter. The 17-year-old Metairie resident has been training for this regal role practically...

Debbie Pigno delivering Italian cookies to Giovanna Clausen for the Independence Italian Cultural Museum cookie sale in conjunction with the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival. The festival began Friday and runs throughout the weekend with food and live entertainment in downtown Independence. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. t...

In a recent letter to the editor related to the controversy surrounding flags flown at Greenwood High School, one writer stated, “Only the American flag should be allowed to fly (in the U.S.). No other.” I disagree and, in fact I proudly fly the flag of Italy on Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. It is not meant to slight the American flag or...

MCC Hospitality Group’s d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, along with sister restaurant Market City Caffe in Burbank, welcomes spring with the return of its eighth annual “Artichoke Festival” from March 14 through April 14 (Pictured: Artichoke and bacon arancini – Photo credit: Jerry Bacon).  MCC Hospitality Group has pa...

The following parishes, schools and entities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will host St. Joseph Altars. The tradition, which is Sicilian and Roman Catholic in origin but is carried on locally by Italian-Americans and people of all nationalities and faiths, includes baking cookies and cakes and preparing foods for the altar. The offerings accomp...

Cibus, the world's oldest and most famous Italian food fair, is going annual. For 40 years Cibus has taken place every even year. But from now on there will also be an event in odd years - Cibus Connect. The new fair, organised by the Fiere di Parma trade-fair centre company and Italian food-industry federation Federalimentare, will focus primarily...

The aroma of Italian cuisine wafted through the lobby of the Ramada Plaza on Sunday, signaling a 44-year tradition near Hagerstown. It was the Antietam Exchange Club's Italian Festa, one of the biggest fundraisers for the local service organization. Organizers were expected to dish out enough spaghetti and sauce for at least 750 people in the feast...

The Italian Association of Arizona will host its 4th Annual Italian Festival in Scottsdale, Ariz., this month on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m,, and on Sunday, March 26, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This two-day celebration will include vendors, entertainment, live music, wine tastings and authentic Italian cuisine. A portion of proceeds from the e...

The City of Buffalo has so much to offer. To name a few: the Art of Jazz by the Albright-Knox, Shakespeare in the Park, Allentown Art Festival, Larkinville, Taste of Buffalo and, of course, the Elmwood Strip. I would add the Italian Festival to that list, but a change in venue was made recently by dignitaries and various organizers. I don’t know wh...