Musicologist Alan Lomax stated that “the first function of music, especially of folk music, is to produce a feeling of security for the listener by voicing the particular quality of a land and the life of its people.” Apropos that the Italian Sons and Daughters of America’s folk music and dance troupe would call themselves I Campagnoli, which trans...

The Italian American Club of Jacksonville hosts its 23rd annual Festa Italiana on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at its clubhouse at 2838 Westberry Road in Mandarin. The 66-year-old club’s annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with information about Italy; pizza, pasta, hoagies and homemade desserts on sa...

The scent of fire-cooked dough and melting mozzarella wafted through the concourse of the Atlantic City Convention Center on Tuesday, the first day of the Pizza & Pasta Northeast expo. More than 150 booths, featuring specialty foods, restaurant equipment and recipe demonstrations, looked to present the latest in restaurant industry innovation to o...

There's a big event coming to downtown Pensacola this weekend, and you just might smell it before you see it. Sausage and pepper sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, and of course the classic spaghetti and meatballs will be served at Festa Italiana. The local branch of Order Sons of Italy in America is all about celebrating Italian-American culture. Th...

The annual Festa Italiana will take place noon to 10 p.m., Oct. 21, at the Italian American Veterans Post 1 at 4567 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain. Admission is free. The event includes music, raffles, games, and Italian souvenirs while children’s games are from noon to 4 p.m. Live entertainment includes: Hip To That with Maria DiDonato at 1 p.m.; Italian...

Several dozen municipal governments across the U.S. have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. They contend that Christopher Columbus and other Europeans ushered in centuries of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Injustices of the past cannot be changed by new-age political correctness. And the propensity for historically ruthless treatment o...

The city of Columbus has its first pesto king. Greater Columbus Sisters Cities International, with the Columbus Italian Festival, hosted the inaugural Columbus Pesto Championship on Sunday and Marcello Canova, an Ohio State professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was chosen from 10 local finalists as the city's premiere pesto maker.    S...

The 70th Annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance Cotillion kept tradition alive Saturday evening at Guy’s Party Center. The Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County sponsored the elegant evening. This year’s debutantes were Sophia Rose Scarpitti of Stow-Munroe Falls High School, daughter of Mike and Carla Scarpitti; Mia Isabella Latine ofWal...

On the morning of Monday, October 9th, residents of South Plainfield joined public officials and other dignitaries outside of the South Plainfield Senior Center to celebrate Columbus Day with a special ceremony put on by the Plainfields’ Chapter of UNICO. The program was emceed by retired South Plainfield High School Principal Dr. Kenneth May. “I b...

The 25th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus Monument at Elmwood Park was celebrated Thursday with lots of singing, reminiscences and, of course, an Italian culinary feast. A ceremony held next to the recently refurbished monument-fountain that pays homage to the Italian explorer’s 15th- century voyage to the New World was highlighted by rendit...