My daughter came home from school one day with a piece of black yarn taped to her shirt. I started to worry. It was our first week sending our kids to a public Montessori school, and while I knew a bit about the educational model, the mildly ominous symbol raised a question that I know other parents have asked before: Is this some kind of cult? I c...

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents Viva Italiano!, an evening of the greatest Italian composers.  The audience will hear Verdi’s “Nabbuco,” his first great opera that made him a national figure; composer Rossini’s “La gaza ladra,” his first success to great acclaim; and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” one of the most frequently performed of...

La Dolci Mania is a cafe first and foremost. Located in Carolina Forest next to the Ollie’s, the cafe opened this month. It’s currently serving sandwiches, some traditional baked goods and desserts, and starting next week — soups. While it does not have the full offerings of a bakery, everything is made in house with several products coming from It...

Lou Benfante went to great pains to look like Ormsby Mitchel, the Civil War general. And William Hilton, the explorer. This way, he literally stepped into history, dressed as two pillars of Hilton Head Island’s past as best as a Lehigh University history major (magna cum laude) and retired supply-chain management executive could do it. And in the p...

A slice of a longtime Connecticut pizzeria is headed to the Lowcountry. The owners of Tolli’s Apizza in East Haven plan to open a new restaurant on Maybank Highway on Johns Island by late summer. The space, with seating for 40 and a bar and patio, is still being built as part of a new shopping area on Crowne Commons Way near Crowne at Live Oak Squa...

The owners of Vivace are bringing a new upscale-casual Italian dining concept to StoneCrest at Piper Glenn this week. Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar, in the old Smoke Modern Barbecue space, will feature Bucatini with housemade meatballs, Lobster Risotto, Bolognese, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, Veal Saltimbocca and Winter Risotto with mushroom conse...

Chris Hills is Wild Olive’s bar manager: You know how those openings are. We were overstaffed, of course. It was chaotic, but more just because you don’t know where everything is. I’ve worked over 2,500 shifts here now, so you just turn around and you know. Brad Gozis is Wild Olive’s chef de cuisine: It was crazy, because at the time, Fred Neuville...

Paul Sorvino will be presented the prestigious Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Beaufort International Film Festival in February. The festival dates are February 19-24, 2019 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 24th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts....

Damiano's Wood Fired Pizza, a local food truck serving Neapolitan-style pies, celebrates two years around the sun this Sat. Feb. 2 starting at 4 p.m. at Low Tide Brewing. In honor of all things pizza and beer, we chatted with owner Ciro Damiano, who was happy to deep-dish about his 'za and how he sees his food truck helping Charleston's cuisine sce...

One of the main reasons most of us joined the Italian American Club of Hilton Head Island apart from sharing the Italian heritage and culture is our common bond and deep interest in helping those who are in need of charitable assistance. Our fundraising programs include several events, such as our Italian Heritage Festival, Italian Sunday Dinner, "...