When it comes to restaurants, this adage tends to be proven again and again: There’s no substitute for experience. The concept may be intriguing, the menu may be well-crafted and the décor may be dazzling (and often terribly expensive), but the confidence that comes with experience usually outshines them all. The new Autentico’s Kitchen with its...

When it comes to restaurants, this adage tends to be proven again and again: There’s no substitute for experience. The concept may be intriguing, the menu may be well-crafted and the décor may be dazzling (and often terribly expensive), but the confidence that comes with experience usually outshines them all. The new Autentico’s Kitchen with its It...

Two years ago Joe LaRocca, film director and instructor at Boston College, had finished the script and cast most of the actors for his short film, except one. LaRocca struggled finding the right actor for the lead character Robert, a high school teenager who is pressured by older classmates to set off a smoke grenade in the school’s bathroom. An id...

Samuel V. Lemley, a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Virginia, likes to think some of his Sicilian ancestors might’ve seen an unusual light streaking across the sky in early July nearly 200 years ago: the Great Comet of 1819. Lemley doesn’t know that for sure, but from the genealogical history his grandfather gathered, he knows some of...

From the wood-fired pizza oven to the outdoor winter lounge, there are plenty of things that set Trattoria Villagio apart from other restaurants. Nestled between Centreville, Fairfax Station, and Manassas, downtown Clifton is tiny. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of small. There are just a few eateries in town, and they are ALWAYS packed. We headed t...

It’s a bit of a head scratching-moment for new audience members when La Terza Classe begins a set. One goes in expecting something Italian — or at least European — after seeing the group’s name, and then the musicians do something wholly unexpected. They play American bluegrass. “It’s euphoric, it’s festive,” said Josh Read, co-owner of Fifth & Fed...

NOTICE to all residents within the consular jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Washington: as of November 12, 2018, users will be able to book citizenship application appointments online. The online booking system is accessible from the Embassy website citizenship page. For further information on Italian citizenship and on the different ways to...

The world’s largest historic vehicle driving event hit the road in America for the first time Saturday. The Mille Miglia (Italian for one-thousand miler) is an open-road rally through the streets of Italy, but organizers are holding an American version — the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA — this year. “It’s like Indianapolis for us,” said Mark Gessler, pr...

A new Italian spot has made its debut in the neighborhood. The newcomer to Penrose, called Josephine's Italian Kitchen, is located at 2501 Columbia Pike. Open only for dinner, Josephine's Italian Kitchen serves appetizers, salads and brick-oven pizza, along with various entrees like braised lamb shank and bone-in New York strip steak. Diners can st...

A foreign guest made a special visit to the University of Virginia Wednesday. Armando Varricchio, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, spoke to students about challenges and opportunities in Europe and here at home. The UVA Center for Politics hosts ambassadors from all over the world in an effort to bridge the gap between U.S. college students...