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This summer, you can visit the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii without ever leaving Richmond. The North American premiere of "Pompeii: The Immortal City" opens at the Science Museum of Virginia June 8 and runs through September 3. The Italian city was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. According to the museum, "this touring exhibition plun...

Smack in the middle of the annual Italian Market Festival in South Philadelphia Saturday, some 30 men gathered to play half-ball — a game with a local history spanning about 70 years that calls for a broomstick, a three-story building, and half of a squishy ball. Split into teams of five people, these men comprised the 10th annual John Marzano Half...

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee has selected Dr. Maureen Persi and her husband Melindo Persi to serve as Co-Grand Marshals for the 28thAnnual Celebration which will take place on Sunday October 13 preceded by the three day Italian Festival on October 11. Parade Chairman Michael Blandina noted that a husband and wife has served as Gra...

Il 21 maggio dalle 10 alle 12 un gruppo di studenti americani che studiano italiano con il supporto dello IACE (Italian American Committee on education) andrà alla scoperta dei segreti della manualità, artigianalità, creatività e tecnologia del design italiano quale eccellenza nel mondo. L’iniziativa, durante la settimana del design a New York, è o...

Singer and songwriter Mario Biondi, the Sicilian-born baritone, possesses a voice which is often compared to Barry White and Isaac Hayes. Biondi uses this as his base to approach international genres such as jazz and soul, playing his own distinctive sound.  Able to move effortlessly between English and Italian languages, the artist creates origina...

An exhibition exploring the works of photographer Carl Chiarenza opens today at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit will be on view in the Photography Gallery from May 17th through November 12th. Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. From...

A Princeton business that’s been up and running for about eight months held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias came out to support the opening of Geminellis Bistro, located at the Walmart Supercenter plaza in Princeton. Owner Brandon White describes Geminellis Bistro as an Italian restaurant offering...

A casual Italian restaurant is set to open later this month in downtown Falls Church. Named after the couple that runs the restaurant, Thompson Italian will fill the former space (124 N. Washington Street) of Argia — another Italian restaurant. Gabe Thompson, who was the executive chef for RPM Italian in D.C., plans to incorporate seasonal, local i...

Filmmakers converged on Newark to stage a riot. Debris covered the street — overturned chairs, soggy newspapers, dismembered mannequins and clothes from ransacked storefronts. On Tuesday afternoon, extras waited for their turn in the spotlight, including black actors wearing button-down shirts, slacks and summer dresses, and white actors dressed as...

The Nazis couldn’t kill Nicola “Nic” DiRito when he was fighting against fascists in Occupied Italy as a teenager during World War Two, but today Nic died of old age at 92 in Delaware.  As an Italian-American, whose family on my mother’s side hailed from the same province of Abruzzo as Nic, I had first met him when I was assigned to cover his 90th...

The word Amici means “friends” in Italian. With that in mind, Amici Gelato & Caffe wants to be a place where you can bring, and make, friends. As the name implies, Amici offers authentic gelato and Italian specialty drinks. In addition, the menu features gelato pops, sorbet, Italian desserts, freshly baked goods (including vegan pastries), paninis...

Presidente e fondatore della NIA-PAC National Italian American Political Action Committee, un’organizzazione, con sede in Philadelphia (USA), creata per assistere e supportare i giovani italo-americani a raggiungere posizioni di rilievo a livello statale, federale e governativo nella loro carriera, Amato Berardi è anche membro della fondazione NIAF...