Corks & Cleaver Italian Bistro is only days away from opening. The restaurant, at 111 Main St., will hold its soft opening at 5 p.m. Thursday, chef David Dickensauge said. After that, he and business partners Jim Parish and David Woodward will have the restaurant open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with Sunday’s hours a bit shorter. He sai...

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...

THE cellar is flooded and Chris Ranalli worries about snakes. From the safety of the back door, he points out the sturdy walls—two feet thick, as if to withstand Mediterranean earthquakes—and the elegantly vaulted ceilings. “They lived in the top two storeys and made wine in the basement,” explains Mr Ranalli, who now tends the 100-year-old vineyar...

While his brothers hunted, Roy Mattina Sr. danced. The 92-year-old Biloxi native was always one of a kind. He was from a tight-knit generation born and raised on Point Cadet, a peninsula settled by immigrants on Biloxi’s eastern tip. Mattina was proud of his Italian heritage in a neighborhood where there were societies for residents of French, Ital...

If Leonardo DRS wins the T-X competition with its T-100 trainer, the company will manufacture the aircraft in Alabama, it announced Thursday. The Italian firm plans to build an assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, if awarded the T-X contract. Upward of $200 million will be spent on construction including buildings, infrastructure an...

Hottytoddy.com ventured into Fat Eddie’s (the former Lamar Lounge) this week to see all the new things they had to offer. Located on North Lamar Blvd., just a minute or so from the Square, we found what could easily be called the best Italian food offered in town. Logan Little, manager of Fat Eddie’s, and Chef Rusty Anderson greeted us at the door...

Ciao from Rome! But almost on the plane for New York. Hello to all We the Italians readers. I'm about to leave for New York City, where as usual We the Italians will be at the NIAF Spring Gala. And I'll be bearing a gift! The new book is out, at the beginning of every year we will publish a yearbook about the year before, and so this is the We the...

Italian-inspired works by 11 current students, three alumnae and two faculty members at Mississippi State are on display Feb. 20-28 in the university’s Giles Hall gallery. Free to all, the “Ciao! Travel ROME” exhibition features paintings, drawings and posters by 14 students from Professor Brent Funderburk’s studio course, “SKETCHBOOK: Journal for...

In our journey to discover Italy in the 50 states, today we dive between the Delta Italians, our compatriots who with great effort and sacrifice settled in the wide area of the delta of the Mississippi River, which gives its name to the Magnolia State. The adventures of the Delta Italians described by Paul Canonici's books are intriguing and instru...

If you can't make a trip to Italy in the foreseeable future, Robert St. John's newest cookbook, "An Italian Palate," might just be the next best thing. The book, which was released Wednesday by Different Drummer Press, is the culmination of the Hattiesburg restaurateur's 10-week journey through the country with his wife and two children. During th...