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One of the odder effects of the pandemic has been to level the playing field for modest restaurants. When everybody is serving outdoors on improvised patios, the view of the beach, street-life, or in some cases a brick wall is the same as their neighbors’. People who wouldn’t have given some places a second glance now make their dining decision bas...

A discussion with acclaimed writer Kossi Komla Ebri who will join us directly from Italy. The event will be in the format of an interview with an opportunity for Q&A afterwards. In Italian with simultaneous English translation. Born in Togo, Kossi Amékowoyoa Komla-Ebri is a medical surgeon and author who has lived in Italy since 1974. He has publis...

Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking. The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass...

One glance at the hot-pink cardboard box with the dark blue lettering and chances are you know exactly what’s inside. If any doubts remain, you have only to read the store motto, prominently printed on the lid: “Cakes decorated while you wait.” Borracchini’s Bakery & Mediterranean Market, a family-owned business, has made its name by providing cust...

If you go to an Italian restaurant – a good one, anyway – you’ll notice at the end of the menu, near the coffee and desserts, a selection of after-dinner drinks. Often, the heading is amari, from the Italian word for ‘bitter’… but there might be any number of sweet things – like limoncello or sambuca – or fiery things – like grappa. All of these ar...

A local elected official wants to do away with Columbus Day, which is observed the second Monday in October. Omari Hardy, a city commissioner in Lake Worth Beach, says Christopher Columbus is not someone who deserves a holiday. It's often said that Christopher Columbus was a great explorer, but Hardy says there’s another side to him that most kids...

When my dad, Henry, passed away on October 16th, 2004, at the age of 91, our loss was met with a wonderful outpouring of love and condolences. Family and friends showed their compassion in a number of wonderful ways. One example that I will always remember was receiving a sympathy “dish garden” from my employer. The garden consisted of a variety of...

The Saint Pio Foundation will celebrate the life of Padre Pio on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his entry into eternal life, on Sunday, September 20, 2020, starting at 9:00 A.M.. The full-day activities include veneration of Padre Pio's relics, conferences about Padre Pio, a Mass in his honor, a benefit concert, and a private four-course P...

Beginning this year, Howard County will no longer celebrate Columbus Day. The county is joining a growing list of communities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “We’re pleased to take another step to rectify and recognize the impact of Native Americans and Indigenous people whose land we occupy today,” County Executive Calvin Ball...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce that Norcia’s new multi-purpose community center, a central component of the relief effort led by the Foundation in response to the devastating earthquakes that struck Central Italy in 2016, is finished and now open to the public. NIAF gave $450,000 to fund the project and provi...

The Old Neighborhood Italian American Club will host a South Side Italian American Proud and Positive Rally at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. The club is located at 3031 S. Shields Ave., Chicago. Masks and social distancing will be required. Billed by National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President Ron Onesti as a “celebration of our culture and a sal...

One step forward, two steps back. That's how many advocating for the replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day viewed the Melrose School Committee's recent decision to observe both this October. Instead of following the growing number of communities that have eradicated Columbus Day, the committee took the unusual step of co-branding...