Thanks to Friday night traffic, it took me nearly 90 minutes to get there, but get there I did. I’d heard rumblings of an incredible pizzeria waaay down Mississippi Avenue in Lakewood. I’d seen the charred, bubbly crusted pictures popping up on Instagram. As a Neapolitan-style pizza enthusiast, I had to taste what the Pizzeria Lui chatter was all a...

Please join us for an Italian night out sponsored by the Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS.  Keynote speaker will be the Honorable Frank M. Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy at New Orleans, LA. Great entertainment by Zac Cra...

A special event celebrating the legacy of pianist and teacher George Imbragulio (1923-2015) will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Commemorative remarks about the renowned musician and instructor will be given by those who knew him, as well as perform...

As a child, John De Chiaro often traveled with his stepfather, a shoemaker in New Jersey, into New York City to buy supplies, but on one trip, at about 5 years old, he wandered next door to a pawnshop and found an object that changed his life. "There was a guitar on the wall, and I just, for some reason, wanted that guitar," De Chiaro says. "My ste...

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...