What a nice stretch of festivals we’ve had, from Greek Fest to Memphis in May Barbecue and now to another favorite, Memphis Italian Festival. Italian Fest, as everyone calls it, is back at Marquette Park for its 28th party Thursday through Saturday. It always strikes a good balance of family fun and grown-up good times, mixed in with good food and...

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...

Site of the Soul with Roberto Osti. Townsend Atelier, The Arts Building, 301 East 11th St. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. Admission: Free. For more information: 423-266-2712 Townsend Atelier announces that visiting artist Roberto Osti, an author and expert on human anatomy, will give a lecture on Friday, May 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Townsend Atelier...

In honor of Mother's Day, Sadie's Pearls: Timeless Lessons Worth Living (LMG Books) memorializes the heartwarming, sassy and spirited wisdom passed among three generations of Italian-American women in NYC while fulfilling the lifelong dream of Tina Serpico, who upon reading The Purpose Driven Life realized her aspirations of publishing her first bo...

Gallatin has a new local restaurant serving homemade Italian food, the way Connecticut natives-turned Gallatin residents Dave de Levie and Jason Heim remember it. "Everything is made from scratch," Heim, the chef de cuisine, said. The Italian Joint hosts its grand opening Wednesday on South Water Avenue, featuring house-made pastas, pizzas, sandwic...

The people who work at one East Tennessee restaurant joke that everything is breaking down except the owner of Mama Mia's. She is 91 years old. "I'm not going to quit until I go bye-bye," Lottie O'Brien said with a laugh. She's baked bread in a particular oven since 1956 when she ran a bakery up north. "We had that one in the bakery in New Jersey....

Maria Manca was born in Ozieri (Sassari) in 1982 and graduated from the "Università per Stranieri di Perugia" in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2010 she entered the Diplomatic career of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her first assignment was to the office of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the...

Less than two months after the end of the Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival and some six weeks after the Memphis Jewish Community Center's Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival comes another annual movie event with an international perspective, the Italian Film Festival USA at the University of Memphis. Like its p...

Andrew Ticer met Michael Hudman on the basketball court in the sixth grade. Back then, when they played for rival Catholic schools in Memphis, no one could have predicted they would become the city’s restaurant royalty, winning national recognition for their restaurant Hog & Hominy. Mr. Hudman has always been bigger, louder and gregarious. Mr. Tice...

Three recent critically acclaimed Italian films, never before show locally, will be shown at the University of Memphis next month as a part of the Italian Film Festival USA. This is the sixth year Memphis has hosted the Italian Film Festival. It is just one of 13 cities in the United States to participate in the festival.   The cities a...