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Whenever filmmaker Mark Spano would reference his Sicilian ancestry, he often got the same remark — “oh, your father must be in the mafia.” To which Spano would reply, “no, my father worked in a steel mill.” Spano, an Orange County-based Sicilian-American, hopes that his 2018 film, “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” will educate viewers about the “tru...

Two Italian-American brothers are taking over the former TwinCity Slice location at 214 W. Fourth St. to bring their own style of pizza to downtown Winston-Salem. Anthony and Mike Scotto Di Frega plan to open Brother’s Pizzeria in March or April. “I was born in Italy, and my brother was born in New Jersey, but we are both full Italian,” Anthony Sco...

The Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. It was founded in 1976 in Gulfport, Mississippi, to organize local relief efforts for victims of the 1976 Friuli earthquake in Italy. It has grown into a social organization for immigrant Italian-Americans with a continuing passion for charitable work. The Gulf Coas...

Saturday, February 22nd. 2pm-4:30pm. Free. McGuire Woods Board Room, 300 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Bring your little Italian speakers to this family-friendly event! CCI-NC will be hosting a traditional Italian CARNEVALE for children and their families. It will give the kids the opportunity to dress up in their favorite funny outfits, dress...

Just hours before he was to take the stage at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, world-famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli postponed his Friday night concert, a show that would have been the kickoff of his annual Valentine’s Day tour. According to a Facebook post on his official page, it is due to a case of laryngitis. “In over 20 years of performing in...

The City of Doral celebrated the co-designation NW 34th Street between NW 79th Avenue and NW 77th Court on Jan. 15 as, “Stephen Musolino Way.” Public officials and members of the public gathered for the ceremony at 3435 NW 79th Avenue in Doral. Stephen Musolino is credited for leading the development of the Tile District on NW 79th Avenue, now know...

Cristof Danzi has found his niche. “I think in all my career, these are the best customers I’ve ever had, my entire life,” Danzi says of his eponymous Fort Myers restaurant, Cristof's on McGregor. Found in a charming 1940s-era cottage with a large wrap-around porch and a lush patio fronting historic McGregor Boulevard, the 8-year-old Cristof's has...

Atlanta Public Schools would no longer recognize Columbus Day as a school holiday under a proposed calendar change. The move would be largely symbolic, since the district would instead give students and staff the same day off for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Both days fall on Oct. 12, 2020.  APS has historically marked the holiday on its calendars as C...

Tennessee  (RestaurantNews.com)  Squisito, Too, Maryland’s fastest growing fast casual build your own pizza and pasta franchise, is expanding to Tennessee this upcoming year. New franchisees, Joey and Missy Messick, signed on to open four Squisito Too restaurants in 2020 under Squisito Franchise Enterprises, Inc. The first location is slated for a...

Dan Bavaro, Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pasteria is getting into the fast casual game by launching Oronzo in Tampa Bay, Florida. The new Italian concept is opening in a few months and is backed by Front Burner Brands, which owns The Melting Pot, a chain of 105 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and the fast casual better-burger brand, Burger...

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria founder Dan Bavaro and Front Burner Brands restaurant group are collaborating on a new Italian fast-casual restaurant opening in New Tampa in late spring. Construction on Oronzo Honest Italian began Jan. 10 at 18027 Highwood Preserve Parkway, just off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near Interstate 75 in The Walk at Hi...

Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge owner James DeVito is going back to basics with his next downtown Tampa restaurant: DeVito’s Italian Specialties. Debuting in February, the sophisticated full-service newcomer at 200 N Tampa St. will serve a menu of classic Italian cuisine, with a focus on guest interaction. “What I enjoy most about owning restaurants i...