by Kit Waskom Pollard   Italian food, like too few other things, brings people together. It can be vegetarian-friendly, but also appease meat-lovers. Some dishes are comforting and stick to the ribs; others are light and healthy. It's equally beloved by all ages — toddlers like it just as much as grandmothers. It's popularity is vast.  ...

Sunday, August 16, 2015; 12:30pm to 5:00pmVilla Rosa Home, 3800 Lottsford Vista Road, Mitchellville, MD The Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society's (AMHS) invites the Italian-American community to its annual Ferragosto (a two-thousand-year old tradition) picnic on the grounds of the Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville, MD.   A few highli...

Simpatico, Italy's Finest will host its fourth annual Columbus Day Celebration at St. Michaels from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, with Italian wine, food, art and games in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus. Columbus himself will be in attendance and will share tales of his adventures, as part of the festivities planned for adults and...

By John Kelly About 30 years ago, an Italian friend of ours visited. After a few days doing the tourist thing, he exclaimed: "I love Washington! It's like a Rome where everything works."   I don't know what Adriano would think of D.C. today, when Metro breaks down routinely and Congress seems proud of its dysfunction. But I understood his p...

by Jacques Kelly   Mary Torrieri, the host of an Italian-American radio program who was also active in local charities, died of heart failure Dec. 29 at Riderwood Village in Rockville. The former Towson resident was 94.   Born Mary Nagro in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Joseph Nagro, a stonemason, and Agatha "Ida" DiBrigida Na...

My congratulations to Mike Fiore, the Maryland winemaker who received the lifetime achievement award at the Eastern Wineries Exposition in Syracuse, N.Y., on Tuesday. Fiore and his wife, Rose, have turned their namesake winery in Pylesville into one of the region's best. If you want to taste excellent red wine made in an Old World style, make Fiore...

U.K.-based Carluccio's, a chain of Italian markets and restaurants named after British TV chef and cookbook author Antonio Carluccio, opened its second U.S. location in North Bethesda at the Pike & Rose development Monday.   Carluccio's opened its first U.S. location in Old Town Alexandria last year. It has more than 100 locations throug...

By Wesley Case In June, chef-owner Brian Lavin opened Gnocco, a love letter to his time not long ago studying abroad — and eating and drinking — through Italy and Spain as a University of Maryland, College Park student. An August Baltimore Sun review of Lavin's cuisine called the Brewers Hill establishment "a restaurant you don't want to overlook....

By Richard Gorelick Bryan Voltaggio, the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Volt and Family Meal in his hometown of Frederick, and Range in Washington, will open his first restaurant in Baltimore. The restaurant, Aggio, will be Voltaggio's second Italian fine-dining restaurant. It will open at 616 Water St., in the space now occupied by Tatu A...

The Italian American Cultural Club of Lehigh Valley honored the two recipients of the 2014 IACCLV scholarships recently. Rebecca Nathanson and Janessa Scherrman each received $500 and a certificate of recognition.   Rebecca, a graduate of Easton Area High School, received the Carol DiBiagio Memorial Scholarship, which is given in memory of...