Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis says she is opening a new restaurant in Baltimore in 2018. De Laurentiis, who is known for her various roles on the Food Network, appeared on a Facebook Live video for the cable channel on Friday and was asked by a viewer if she planned to open any new restaurants."Yes, I'm going to open a restaurant in Baltimore,...

John DePaola President & CEO Long Fence and Home, LLLP has been selected as the Lido Civic Club 2017 Man of the Year. DePaola and wife Jill, founded the Bo DePaola Family Foundation in memory of their son Bo DePaola. The foundation’s mission is to break the stigma of mental illness with education and guidance. Through partnerships with Anne Arundel...

Montgomery County State Senator Richard Madaleno is running for governor. The Montgomery County lawmaker who is the vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in Annapolis will formally kick off his campaign in an 11 a.m. news conference at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. While a vocal critic of Governor Larry Hogan on...

The scholarship program committee announced two 2017 scholarships: Victoria Tully is the recipient of the Jerome & Angela Elliott Scholarship ($4,000). Victoria is attending the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in Public Health; Anna Cuffari is the recipient of the Matricciani/Vondersmith Scholarship ($4,000).  Anna is attending Mar...

In memory of Sal Spinnato who grew up in Little Italy, was a bocce player, past president of the Little Italy Lodge, immersed in the parish and neighborhood, and a treasured friend to many, the Spinnato Family purchased and placed a new bench in Little Italy's bocce courts in memory of their brother/uncle/father. Father Bernie Carman, pastor of Sai...

Pop icon and Twitter mom/poet Cher’s Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” as a very, very Italian-American widow from a very, very Italian-American family is as big and memorable as, well, her hair. After losing her husband, Loretta Castorini is done with love, settling for the first drab fellow to get down on one knee (well, after she insists...

Brian Vasile and Andy Seligman, the owners of Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda and Grand Central Bar in Adams Morgan, were lunching in the District awhile back, mulling their next project, when the New York natives started reminiscing about how much they missed the neighborhood Italian delis of their youth. Seligman was particularly enthusiastic...

Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has opened its doors in Little Italy. The Canada-based chain specializes in pizza and offers a menu of more than 80 items, including burgers, sandwiches, wings and pasta. Boston’s 14 specialty pizzas include the Florentine (topped with spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, mozzarella and Parmesan)...

Nicholas A. DeFelice, a retired Allfirst Bank executive who served on various local charitable boards, died Saturday from metastatic melanoma at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Hunt Valley resident was 74. The son of Nicola DeFelice, an Italian immigrant and chemical factory worker, and Carmella DeFelice, a homemaker, Nicholas A. DeF...