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While some may experience an occasional “brush with greatness” in their lives, artist Carlo Beninati has spent a lifetime “brushing greatness,” creating portraits of the legendary sports figures of the 20th century. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mario Andretti, Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana, Walter Payton, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Derrick Jeter ar...

During World War II, the Allied push to rid the Nazis from the peninsula began with the invasion of Sicily in 1943. This was followed with the long, yet successful campaigns of Naples and then finally in 1944 with the beach head landing on Anzio beach. Nearby is the town of Nettuno, only 35 kilometers from Rome. This city would play an important ro...

On a chilly November Saturday, I made the trek across the river to have brunch at Faccia a Faccia, a “new coastal Italian restaurant from award-winning chefs and restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette,” according to their website. Oringer and Bisssonnette are also the masterminds behind other Boston classics, such as Coppa, Toro, and Littl...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation and Federation of Italian Baseball and Softball signed a memorandum of understanding to further the strong and growing partnership between both organizations. Joe Quagliano, President and Founder of IABF, and Andrea Marcon, President of FIBS, signed shared copies of the document prior to the 2022 IABF Gala a...

On a distant Italian island whose roots are shared by thousands of Omahans of Sicilian descent is a new and elaborate park carved into a cliffside: Parco Omaha. Also in that Sicilian town of Carlentini, a visiting Omaha artist is busy creating a podcast series expected not only to spotlight native treasures but also spark business and civic exchang...

Seafood towers, sweetbreads, escargots, and a variety of other French delicacies are on the menu at Le Clou, the latest splashy venture from Michelin-starred Masseria chef Nicholas Stefanelli (also behind Officina and temporarily closed Philotimo). The chic, 75-seat restaurant—equipped with a massive bar and extended lobby lounge—just debuted insid...

Columbus Day and Veterans Day — traditionally celebrated by Stamford schools with a day off — may be class days if a proposed calendar is accepted. On the other hand, Stamford schools are looking at adding an additional no-class day to celebrate and recognize the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. The proposed changes were presented during a recent meetin...

The Verona street game project Tocatì was on Thursday added to UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage, ANSA sources said. The UN cultural body said "Tocatì, a shared programme for the safeguarding of traditional games and sports, is considered an exemplary practice for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage". The seventeenth session o...

After a year and a half of anticipation, Chef Ponte's newest—and perhaps fanciest—concept to date has finally opened its doors. According to its social media, Ponte Modern American's first day open was Saturday, Nov. 26 and is now open and accepting reservations. The new restaurant resides at 1010 Gramercy Ln. amidst the ever-growing Midtown Tampa...

The Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Space Agency, cordially welcomes space industry players and shareholders to attend a full day of celebrating Italy’s “National Space Day” and exploring new opportunities. The activities are planned for Thursday, December 15th. The whole morning w...

Are you looking for some original ideas to plan exciting Christmas trips to Italy and to enjoy a pleasant stay admiring historical nativity scenes and enchanting markets? During the whole year, The Christmas holidays represent one of the most favourable and desired occasions to relax and enjoy a fantastic holiday in the company of relatives, friend...

Ten years ago, I learned something valuable while eavesdropping on a conversation between Aaron Coe and Tuscan winemaker Paolo de Marchi of Isole e Elena fame. Coe was working for local Italian wine importer Casa Bruno at the time, and it was clear that his love for Italy and the sangiovese grape ran deep. The kind of deep that makes you drop every...