By Eric Czarnik   For people who are unable to roam to Rome this month, Sterling Heights will once again be home to an Italian extravaganza. Freedom Hill County Park will host the 2015 Festa Italiana from July 17-19. Festival co-chair Joe Ventimiglia said the event has been around for more than three decades, and for much of that time w...

Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that in Rio and that in Notting Hill (London). In Ital...

Fresh off my stint as a food judge at the Taste of Buffalo, my husband and I spent Thursday afternoon sampling the best food the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival has to offer.   My husband, a tough critic, was wowed by the cartocci from Gino's Italian Bakery. It was like a cronut with cannoli filling. We both loved the margherita pizza from...

Tony Ricotta is definitely what you'd call an Italian Festival regular. On Friday, he could be seen serving up Italian sausage, a job he's been doing for Scipione Catering for several years. When it comes to the annual tradition of celebrating all things Italian on Pine Avenue, Ricotta says that while the food is great, it's the people he...

by Jolene Ketzenberger   Who doesn't like Italian food, right? And the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, returning June 14 and 15 after a year's hiatus, offers plenty of great eats. Plus, it's a low-stress fest — it runs for two evenings, admission is free, parking is free. If it rains, or you just can't do Friday, you can still go Saturd...

Join us on October 5 for Festa Italiana MODA, a special evening celebrating the exhibition "Barrique: Wine, Design & Social Change." Enjoy a café setting on the piazza in front of the museum, nibble on Italian food, sip Italian cocktails and wine, and enjoy traditional Italian accordion music by Don Discenza!   The remarkable exhibition...

The Colorado Belle hosts one of its most popular events loosely based on an established September tradition in many other places across America—the Feast of San Gennaro—an Italian festival that is growing nationally.   For their Italian Festival, set for Friday-Sunday, September 27-29, the Belle has a fine recipe in place. You start with the...

This weekend marks the 10th annual Columbus Day Artisans festival at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The festival, which is an extension of the biweekly markets that take place in the summer, will run from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.   Guests can watch demonstrations and shop for weaving, furniture, pottery, leather goods, pa...

Jackie and Dominie Smith are proud to continue the tradition of Italian heritage in southeastern Oklahoma by serving as Re and Regina for this weekend's Italian Festival — although they were surprised at their selection.   "I thought it would be a nice honor, but I never thought it would be me," Jackie Smith said. The couple is set to r...

Lady Gaga (Stefani Angelina Germanotta) and Tony Bennett recently kicked off a world tour promoting their album together, "Cheek to Cheek". The duo will share the stage at the Tanglewood Music Festival on June 30, during which they will perform many of the songs that made Bennett the legend he is today ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco, "They All...