The Nashville Italian Lights Festival will turn its focus to the sky on Aug. 21 for the epic solar eclipse. The festival actually starts on Friday, Aug. 18 at Bicentennial Mall State Park. The four-day event will offer a variety of food, wine, music and traditions. On the day of the eclipse though, the festival will turn its focus to the sky. “So t...

The historic total solar eclipse happening next month will take place during Nashville’s Italian Lights festival. The festival, which features the culture and cuisine of the Italian old country, begins Friday, Aug. 18 and continues through Monday, Aug. 21 at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville. The eclipse takes place tha...

New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani has never forgotten her Appalachian roots. Though some of her stories take place in other cities and states, Trigiani said she always finds a way to incorporate parts of her Southwest Virginia home into everything she writes. “People say to me all the time, ‘How does Appalachia play into this...

Journalist Melonee Hurt talked with Chef Marco Rossi of the Nashville Italian eatery, Tartufo. In addition to dishing about his culinary skills, he also talked about his connection to ‘80s rockers Motley Crue and his conversation with movie legend Clint Eastwood, which in his beautifully thick Italian accent sounds more like “Clinaestawood.” Rossi’...

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....