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Laura, the newest concept by French chef Nico Romo, who was voted Best Chef in City Paper’s Best Of awards, is set to open its doors in historic Summerville on 101 Main Street June 1. Laura joins NICO in Mount Pleasant and Bistronomy downtown as part of the Nico Dining Group.  While Romo’s first two restaurants focus on his French roots, Laura take...

Giordano's is an Italian restaurant that specializes in Chicago deep-dish pizzas. The idea for Giordano's was created in Torino, Italy, by Mama Giordano. She specialized in making what's called an Italian Easter Pie, which is the double-crusted and cheese-stuffed pizza we know today as the deep-dish pizza. In 1974, the first Giordano's was opened i...

Beginning August 1, 2022, Federica Santini will take the position of interim chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC). Most recently, Santini was the Coordinator of Gender and Women's Studies and Professor of Italian and Interdisciplinary Studies. In her new role, she will focus on supporting department’s faculty in implementin...

Modern Italian eatery North Italia later this year will enter the Atlanta market with not one but two locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody. North Italia Buckhead, at 3393 Peachtree Road in Lenox Square, will open on June 22, 2022, and marks the brand’s 30th location in the U.S., according to a press release Tuesday. The Buckhead location will feature...

Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar owner Brian Solari opened the Italian-inspired cafe in 2014 with the intention of bringing a little piece of Europe to Charleston.  “Charleston has such an amazing European feel to it. It’s a very old-looking, beautiful city, and I just thought that bringing some of that European flair would definitely fit well,” Sol...

While it is commonplace around the globe, pizza-making began hundreds of years ago in the narrow alleys of Naples, Italy. Pizzaioli (pizza makers) in Atlanta continue the tradition, with the same simple ingredients used in the past, cooked in ovens that are the heart of their pizzerias. Jeff Varasano, Varasano’s Pizzeria If it’s not too hectic, Jef...

Prepare to “embark on the most affordable trip your mouth will ever take to Italy.” That’s what Cugino Forno promises, an authentic Italian pizzeria planning to open its fifth location in Wilmington in about two weeks. Launched in Greensboro in 2017, Cugino Forno was founded by three cousins: Joseph Ozbey, Adam Aksoy and Yilmaz Guver. Each of the b...

Deep in the heart of Ballast Point stands a small, unassuming cottage. From the outside, the building looks like an old family home. On the inside, however, hand-spun cheeses and flame throwing chefs mark it as anything but. For the past three years, Antonio Casamento has quietly entertained Tampa’s most sophisticated palates from behind these wall...

Marketplace at Avalon Park is getting a new restaurant where the guest is the chef. Spoleto Italian Kitchen has signed on to be the newest vendor in the food hall, Marketplace at Avalon Park. Spoleto is known for its build-your-own portion of its menu, specifically pasta, where guests can choose their base, six ingredients, choice of sauce and garn...

The Italian American Club of Hilton Head (IACHH) has been awarding scholarships to local graduating high school students for more than twenty-five years.  Each recipient receives $1,000 towards their college expenses for the following year at college. The checks are awarded at a special luncheon hosted by the IACHH, where Club members get to meet a...

Giminetti Baking Co. will reopen in Northern Kentucky after being purchased by the owners of Pompilios Italian Restaurant. The wholesale bakery, which operated in Walnut Hills for 37 years, shuttered its doors in March when co-owners Jim Ciuccio and Richard Ferguson decided to retire and lease the space. The historic Northern Kentucky restaurant Po...

If you are looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza made from ingredients that arrive weekly from Italy, then Itala Pizzeria is your place. Located at 11720 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 150, in Johns Creek Village in Duluth, the pizzeria recently was opened by Dervis Ozbey, who perfected his craft during seven years at Aliño Pizzeria in the Mall of Geo...