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...

Pack your bags and head to Downton Nashville, on May 27, 2016, to Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975 marks an unprecedented gathering of rare and stunning Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles in a museum setting.   The exhibition celebrates the streamlined elegance,...

The song of the South has led Italian compounder So.F.Ter Group to open its first U.S. plant in Lebanon. The factory will make compounds primarily based on polypropylene, nylon and polyesters.   New lines to make compounds based on thermoplastic elastomers will be installed next year. Automotive will be the plant's largest end market—and is...

[This is the first of a series of columns that explores the world of adults from the eyes of a child] I was raised in an Italian village surrounded by four generations of loving and colorful relatives. I remember well our daily life. Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, fourteen cousins and family friends always seemed right there...

by Richard Leong   American chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman draw inspiration for their Southern cooking from their Italian heritage and their grandmothers' Sunday dinners, which they remember fondly in their first book "Collard & Carbonara." The childhood friends run two popular restaurants in Memphis, Andrew Michael Italian Kitch...

by Matt Rogers   What is probably Middle Tennessee's longest running pop-up restaurant is going brick and mortar, as Mangia Nashville is headed for the Melrose area. The Tennessean broke the news earlier this week, detailing that chef Nick Pellegrino's Italian family-style restaurant will be taking 3,300 square feet in the 8th Avenue Commons...