Summerfest isn't the only Milwaukee event attracting big names in music this summer. Festa Italiana announced this week that it would welcome Matt Nathanson and the Plain White T's, who are slated to perform at the Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage on Saturday, July 20.   Nathanson, whose hits include "Come on Get Higher," "Faster" and "Run...

By Giovanni di Napoli   Giglio Sunday was a scorcher! With temperatures soaring in the nineties, the heat made the already demanding task of carrying two massive structures all the more difficult. Far from demoralizing the lifters, I don't think I've ever seen a more spirited group of men. The paranza's fortitude and devotion was most admira...

Husband and wife team Alessandro and Stephanie Bonaventura recently opened Bonaventura Gelato Lounge, which offers handcrafted Italian gelato and sorbetto, in Manhattan Beach. The Bonaventura's moved from Frankfurt, Germany in 2011 and opened their first location in Marina del Rey. They opened their second location in Manhattan Beach in February t...

by Jeremias Wells Christopher Columbus certainly ranks as one of the greatest men of achievement the world has ever known, and also justly one of the most renowned, for the entire history of Europeans in America originated from his vision, religious sense and adventurous spirit.   As can be expected in a man with an impassioned nature, many...

A longtime reader sent me an email the other day with a question that perplexed me: What happened to Christopher Columbus' golden buckles, or more accurately, the gold-painted buckles on his boots?   My correspondent was not, of course, talking about the explorer's real boots, but about the black marble pair that now adorn his statue at San...

With St. Patrick's parades and their tossed cabbages in the recent past, we look forward to fava beans and kisses during the 46th annual Italian-American St. Joseph's Day Parade starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Canal and Chartres streets, then heading into the French Quarter.   The queen is Kaylie Badalamenti Cotoire Hyde. Grand marshal is Jos...

September 27th—29th, 2013 Festival Hours:Friday, September 27 (6:00 pm – 11:00 pm)Saturday, September 28 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)Sunday, September 29 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)   Mass will be celebrated on September 29th at noon. Procession immediately following Mass Food • Rides • Games • Nightly 50/50 • Nightly Entertainment St Rocco/St Brigid RC...

by Andrew Bagley   It started early in the morning. Then apparently, wouldn't stop or even let up. The official start time was 10:00 AM but no matter. The onslaught kept on coming and from all over. You couldn't ask for a better day. The weather provided the perfect backdrop with sunny, bright blue skies as Italian food with inviting ar...

Holly Anne Savoie will be crowned queen of the 44th annual Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph Parade during a free pre-parade celebration in New Orleans. The gala will be held March 9, starting at noon, at the Piazza d'Italia.   Savoie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Savoie of Covington, will be surrounded by 80 beautiful maids in...

Italians from the Salt Lake, Ogden, Park City, Tooele and Carbon County are invited to attend the 81st annual All State Italian Day at Lagoon on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Meatball and sausage sandwiches, music, the Intermountain West's largest bocce tournament, pasta eating contest and children's games and races are planned. Mention y...