The Peppertown Park Renewal Committee threw the second annual Bocce Tournament & Festival on Saturday. By any measure it was a hit. Committee member Midge Vicendese said the hope was residents would come not just to play Bocce, but to watch it, have something to eat and to enjoy a day in the park with their family, friends and, yes, even dogs. Judg...

Yes, they did it again. The Lazzarone family, a longtime Reno clan, bested about 40 other cookers from around the West to win the pasta sauce contest at the 37th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Sept. 6-7 in downtown Reno. This year marks the third win for the Lazzarones in the last five years. The family emerged as the top cooker in the 201...

The Festival Verdi Parma has led a sleepy existence here for most of its 18 years. But now it demands attention. Where else in four days can you see four Verdi operas so rare the most popular one is “Attila”? Operating as part of the Teatro Regio di Parma, the festival — situated in the heart of the northern Italian region where Verdi grew up and r...

The first-ever New York Pizza Festival is taking place this weekend, bringing pies from all over the world to Bronx’s Little Italy. Pizza lovers from all over the world showed up for the event’s kickoff Saturday. Some style pies range from Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Napoli. Admission is free, but patrons have to pay to try their slices. Ticke...

Every year, the city honors its Italian heritage on Columbus Day with a ceremony and the naming of its Italian Mayor of the Day, a coveted award granted to men and women who are known for their dedication their community. The ceremony is organized by the local UNICO chapter, a group dedicated to preserving Italian heritage through charitable effort...

Every time the month of October rolls around, many people think about the change of the seasons, from summer to now true fall. The holidays are just ahead, and so we all gear up to see how and where and if we will spend them and, of course, with whom, too. So, we all go out and look for the way we can get ready: fix the car, buy needed warm clothes...

Sometimes I’m lucky to meet great Italian Americans spread all over the country, who show their passion about Italy, their commitment about celebrating and representing the Italian American community, their loyalty to both the nations they belong to, America and Italy. Today we have with us one of these fine gentlemen, Robert J. DiBiase. Bob is the...

Italian-Americans here have celebrated their heritage with Columbus Day festivities for 150 years, a tradition this year’s organizers say will continue with or without Columbus. The future of the October holiday and the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park are up for debate in St. Louis, the latest of cities and states reckoning with th...

Festa Italiana, Houston’s annual Italian festival hosted by the Italian Cultural and Community Center, turns 40 this year. The four-day event celebrates the food, music and culture of Italy and runs from October 11 through 14 on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas at 3800 Montrose. Admission is free from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 11...

As a way to celebrate the Columbus Day Weekend, the deep-rooted rich Italian heritage, and significant contributions Italian-Americans have made to this country, Borough President James Oddo, The Nicotra Group and ShopRite hosted Festa Italiana at The Mount -- as in Mount Loretto -- this weekend. The Italian-American culture fest, staged on the spr...