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Grand restaurants are perfect for grand occasions, but where would we be without the delis in our lives, to supply a quick lunch or dinner or satisfy a craving years in the making? In a tough spot, which is why we can all be grateful for places like Plantone’s Italian Market, which helps alleviate Las Vegas’ perpetual (and mystifying) undersupply o...

On the list of famous Fresnans, Dick Contino ranks as a superstar. In the 1950s, Mr. Contino was a high-profile musician and actor who married starlet Leigh Snowden and appeared multiple times on “The Ed Sullivan Show;” more than 40 over his whole career. Author James Ellroy used parts of Mr. Contino’s life and name for his 1994 novella, “Dick Cont...

St. Francis College alumnus Vincent DeGiaimo ’72 returns to his alma mater for a screening of his film “My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust.” DeGiaimo and Vincent Marmorale are producers of the film, which is part of the college’s annual Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration and is a presentation of the Thomas J....

Florida’s last execution by hanging was a huge event in DeLand. Ninety years ago this week, April 18, 1927, a big crowd gathered. Schools let out. Onlookers stood on rooftops to get the best view of the gallows that had been erected behind the jail, across the street from the courthouse.  Everyone knew — at least everyone who read the papers knew —...

A dream come true, Cattivella, a restaurant owned by chef Elise Wiggins, opens today in the still-growing Stapleton neighborhood. The Italian restaurant is the first to open in the Eastbridge Town Center development, one that will also house Concourse from chef Lon Symensma, Los Chingones and Hash from chef Troy Guard, and an outpost of Next Door,...

UNICO Club is hosting an Italian Heritage Presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, upstairs in the Oakville-Watertown Senior Center. The presentation will be about the life and career of Frank Sinatra by author Richard Muti. Mr. Muti grew up in New Jersey and has had a varied career path, including being a Navy pilot in thw 1960’s, a real estate...

The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble will conclude its 2016-17 concert season on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. The theme of the concert is “Musica Italiana” and will feature a wide variety of Italian music.  Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands at A-State and conductor of the A-State Wind Ensemble, said, “The...

In 1845, herbalist Bernardino Branca was trying to treat cholera in Milan, Italy. He concocted what may be the first fernet — an Italian type of amaro, or bitter herbal liqueur — using 27 herbs, roots, and spices. Little did he know, his recipe would remain intact for nearly two centuries and lead to the popular amaro Fernet-Branca. "Fernet-Branca...

Have you bought your tickets for the second annual Carnevale? At 6 p.m. this Tuesday, April 25, the Rehoboth Touch of Italy becomes an Italian Street Fair with unlimited food, wine, masks, valet parking, auctions - you name it. And it’s all to raise money for the Touch of Italy/RehobothFoodie.com Culinary Scholarship Fund.  So why a scholarship fun...

The Blauvelt Sons of Italy Lodge 2176 recently hosted a dinner to thank the outgoing Council members and install the new Council slate of Officers. A total of fifteen members make up the board which governs the Lodge’s activities over a two year period. The dinner, held at the Sons of Italy lodge on Van Wyck Road in Blauvelt, was attended by over...

One of Milledgeville’s most popular restaurants has set out on an ambitious undertaking. Amici, the restaurant and bar that has operated for more than 20 years and which has grown to include seven locations around Middle Georgia, is planning a brand new restaurant in what will be the biggest city the company has ventured into so far: Macon. The mov...

Wednesday, May 10 - 6:30pm Opening and Artist Reception. On view: May 11 - June 9 - Italian Cultural Institute. 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco  In January 1966, San Francisco-based photojournalist Jeffrey Blankfort, arrived in Rome on the first of his many trips to Italy, where he stayed for six months, learning the language, enjoying the food...