A new restaurant will open in downtown Warrenton next month.  Denim and Pearls, featuring Italian and American food, whiskey and wine, will replace The New Bridge at 29 Main St. “The food will still be upscale, but the atmosphere will be more relaxed,” co-owner Thomas “T.C.” Robinson said in an interview Thursday. Mr. Robinson and Rick Marrero, bot...

After growing up in Rome, then living in Sydney, Australia, and New York City, moving to Kokomo was a bit of a culture shock for Flavio Zampilli. “I’m still looking for skyscrapers,” he said, laughing, but said that he found the right place to enhance his professional skills, earning a bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging Technology from Indiana Un...

Maria Manca was born in Ozieri (Sassari) in 1982 and graduated from the "Università per Stranieri di Perugia" in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2010 she entered the Diplomatic career of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her first assignment was to the office of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the...

Mention the name Macri in this town and the first thing that comes to mind is the family that owns the bakery and two Italian restaurants in South Bend and Granger. “We’re not related,” Frank Macri says while in the small office inside his Macri’s Italian Kitchen during a recent Sunday afternoon. He readily acknowledges that although the name “M...

Italian Americans and Catholics came together in a common cause on March 19: Good food in honor of St. Joseph. The Italian Catholic Federation No. 220 held its annual St. Joseph's Day table at St. Celestine Catholic Church from noon to 2 p.m., and it was as popular as ever. "We have this event at St. Celestine since this is my parish," said event o...

If you order a pizza from Martino’s Italian Villa, you are literally eating a Martino’s pizza. That’s because only a Martino family member makes the restaurant’s iconic pizza pie. Every morning, Angela Martino and her son, Mike, whip up the crust and sauce from scratch, season the sausage and grate the cheese before it’s put into the oven. That’s t...

Fiora Corradetti Contino, who founded her first opera company when she was only 27 and became an accomplished maestra who conducted for 50 years, until she was 81, died on March 5 in Carmel, Ind. She was 91. The cause was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, her daughter Lisa Contino said. Dr. Contino, who made her New York conducting debut whe...

Fazoli's, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Zionsville, Indiana, marking the company's 35th location in the state. Located at 6378 Crane Drive, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a first ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on March 6th, to be attended b...

A fire that ravaged the Italian restaurant PASTAriffic in the early morning hours Thursday caused damages estimated at $1.25 million, according to a Kokomo Fire Department report, and the building is being considered a total loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined, said Fire Chief Nick Glover, adding that the KFD is i...

When Italian soldiers wanted to be caught by American forces during World War II, they would play cards. The loser of the card game had to crawl out of the bunker and surrender — in case they were fired upon. His fellow soldiers would often willingly follow. "They didn't want to be soldiers. They were farmers, craftsmen and artists," said Master Sg...