Italian eyewear designer, manufacturer and distributor, Luxottica Group, recently announced the expansion of its metro Atlanta distribution facility. The company behind Ray-Ban, Oakley and Dolce & Gabbana will create 1,000 jobs by the end of this year, including positions in administration, production and distribution. “Luxottica has been part of t...

Chefs love the distinctive flavor of Calabrian peppers, small hot Italian cherry peppers that usually come to us in the States packed jars of olive oil and preserved with a little salt. Tuscany at Your Table in Virginia-Highland offers prepared Italian foods like Tuscan Soup, panini and Orecchiette with Broccolini. But their shelves are also stocke...

It all started with a boat. Joseph Cortese, founder of Little Italy Pizzeria, made the journey to America along with many other Italian immigrants in the 1960s. Cortese immigrated to the country when he was 10 years old. He could not speak English when he arrived, so he started working as a dishwasher at a pizza restaurant. After turning 18, he own...

Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today it has signed three single unit franchise agreements to develop restaurants in the Tampa and Atlanta metro areas. In Tampa, the agreement with S.C.S. Hospitality Group marks the brand’s second franchised location in the Sunshine State. The two agreements in Georgia are with long...

The history of Lincoln County’s “Little Italy” will be explored Thursday during a special post-Black History Month program hosted by the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hurst Review Services conference room, 127 S. Railroad Ave. Pat Williams Tillman, of Williams Mortuary, is the featured sp...

Popular Italian restaurant Trevioli, which has operated out of a north Columbus storage complex for three years, is moving toward completion of its brand new home on Blackmon Road in Columbus. “We’re scheduled to open the second week of March or the third week of March at the most,” said Sanjay Choudhury, a Columbus businessman who is a partner wit...

It’s hard to imagine what it feels like if Jerry Seinfield, one of the biggest stand-up comics in the world, places his enthusiastic stamp of approval on your head. Sebastian Maniscalco does. Last year, the Italian American from Chicago was invited to be a guest on Seinfeld’s Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “It was like my Johnny...

Mario Rizzotti is a man on a mission, and he’s coming to Augusta as part of it. “One of the reasons I’m taking this tour is to promote the healthy side of Italian cuisine,” said Rizzotti, a Food Network Iron Chef judge who is traveling to all 50 states as part of his “4 the Love of Italian Food” tour. He will be in Augusta on Feb. 20 at Ristorante...

By Ligaya Figueras There is a neighborhood in my hometown of St. Louis called the Hill. Great things have come out of that Italian immigrant pocket. Like baseball legends Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. Like five of the no-name guys on the slapdash 1950 U.S. men's national team who defeated England in a 1-0 World Cup upset known as the "Miracle...

Our virtual tour all around the United States today brings us to Atlanta, Georgia. The Peach State is not among the places with a huge history of Italian emigration back from the first years of the XX century, but there's a lot of Italian business going on, and a couple of new Italian institution coming soon in 2017.   Our guest today is Ryan Kur...