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There’s no excuse not to be in Iron Mountain this weekend. The 12th annual Italian Fest is partnering with the Tour de Dickinson for a day of fun. On Saturday, August 18th, residents can either race around the streets of Iron Mountain, celebrate Italian Heritage in the city, or both. There will be plenty of things to do at the festival. The bike ra...

How does a 70-year-old professor of kinesiology help a 20-something Major League outfielder deal with a batting slump? Ken Ravizza found a way. He kept his message simple and to the point. "There was a time when he actually jumped on my back," Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber said of Ravizza. "He's like, 'Now, try to hit like this.' It put it in pers...

The Sons of Italy was abuzz with activity on Saturday with 18 bocce teams battling it out in the second annual CompTechPCS/SOI No. 1169 BocceFest Scholarship Tournament. The tournament has become a good tuneup for a large tournament to be held in Lake County in two weeks. “We’re practicing the four-on-four format,” said Holly Hilvers from Lexington...

Experience “la dolce vita” at one of the East Coast’s largest Italian festivals. Rolling out four days of fun that’s 10 football fields long, this grandmother of all Burgh street fairs returns to the heart of Pittsburgh’s Little Italy neighborhood. Watch bocce tournaments, pizza stretching demonstrations and pasta eating contests and savor some of...

Minard’s Spaghetti Inn has served generations of loyal customers in the Clarksburg area with its authentic brand of traditional Italian-American cuisine. The establishment has kept its loyal base of local regulars returning time after time to dine on a collection of Italian offerings that has remained largely unchanged for more than 80 years. Maris...

Jerry Vicenti and The Italian Paisans Club will continue their blend of hot music and good times. Vicenti, president of the Paisans, just announced that the club’s upcoming shows for October, November and December are all sold out. And that doesn’t even count a Rocky and the Rollers concert scheduled for Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the SeaBreeze Recreatio...

Once upon a time, there was Ferragosto desert. If you found yourself in any Italian city on August 15, you would have thought the apocalypse had come: deserted streets, store shutters down, factories closed, not a soul in sight. Ferragosto - a national holiday in Italy - was a day for gavettoni (water balloons) on the beach and for family grigliate...

She is an icon of pop erotica, the sultry superstar who has gloried in basques throughout her career. And as she turns 60 on Thursday, chart queen Madonna will become the seductress who puts the Sex into sexagenarian. In four decades of flirting with controversy, she has sold more than 300 million albums – and is already busy on her hotly-­anticipa...

This is the open letter about the Columbus Obelisk that the Italian-American Civic Club of Maryland sent on July 22nd, 2018 to the Baltimore Mayor, the Baltimore City Council, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Honorable Nancy Pelosi; as well as all majors Italian-American associations in Baltimore, and the city press and media.  The letter include...

Let's go back to the topic of regional emigration and after Sicily, Abruzzo and Puglia, this time we talk about the emigration from Lucania (Basilicata) to America. We do this thanks to a documentary produced and realized, with the contribution of the Basilicata Region, by a young talented Lucanian, Ileana Disabato, whom we thank and to whom we giv...

George Diakomihalis believes fresher pasta will sweeten the lives of Anderson residents. With that in mind, Diakomihalis is part of a family foursome — which includes wife Foula, brother Michael and sister-in-law Vasoula — who plan to bring authentic Italian dishes to Anderson. Their new restaurant, Dolce Vita (the Italian term for "Sweet Life") ha...

The region of Emilia Romagna was named the best place to visit in Europe by Lonely Planet this year. The Local takes a look at one of its underrated gems, Ferrara, and offers six great reasons why you should make time to explore this small but perfectly formed medieval town. The perfect way to get your bearings is to take a tour of the incredibly w...