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by Nell Luter Floyd   Who: Stuart Ramsey, line chef; Where: La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., Jackson; Contact: (601) 345-8735  www.eatlafinestra.com www.facebook.com/eatlafinestra Influences: Stuart Ramsey, 23, works as a line chef at La Finestra, the downtown Jackson restaurant where his father Tom Ramsey is chef and...

Nina Miglionico (1913–2009) was an early activist for women's rights and to date is the longest-practicing female attorney in Alabama, practicing law for 73 years. She was also a Birmingham, Jefferson County, political leader who stood for racial equality and consistently voted to repeal the city segregation ordinances that led to the civil rights...

by Ben Gladwell   Former AC Milan star Alessandro Nesta cannot wait to get to work at the North American Soccer League's Miami FC, saying it is an ideal opportunity to see if he can cut it as a coach. The 39-year-old has been given his first coaching opportunity by the new Florida club and he told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the United...

By Lisa Petrillo   "Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968" is an entire exhibit dedicated to the rise of high fashion in Italy, and you can find it all at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. More than 90 designer garments are on display, including high fashions gowns that lit up the grand ballrooms, red carpets and theaters of...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in Alabama?   The largest city in Alabama is booming; Birmingham boasts a population well over 210,000 and a thriving busi...

After watching Florida Rep's new comedy, I wanted to hop on a plane and go give my Grandma a big hug. And I bet you'll feel the same way, too, if you're lucky enough to have living grandparents.   If "Over the River and Through the Woods" is about anything, it's about Family with a capital "F." That family could be Italian-American — like th...

By Evan S. Benn   At last count, there were about 5,000 pasta-and-pizza places in Miami Beach. What can one do to set itself apart?   For Serafina, which opened in December in the Dream South Beach Hotel, the answer is truffles. Executive chef Marco Zuccala lets the heady fungus fly early and often in his expansive menu of Italian cla...

by Megan Anderson   An Italian plane maker's plans to build a manufacturing plant at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport won't be ready to take off until next summer. Italico Aviation USA, which announced its plans for Central Florida in December 2012, had hoped to start assembly in March but has now delayed its goal to start building light sport...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival will host "La Grande Bellezza," an evening of film, food and fun on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the School of Science and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun St. at the College of Charleston.   The event will feature Italian club music, delectable "apertivo," including prosecco cocktails, and a number...

by Carla Torres   Last April, pasta-loving locals and Lincoln Road obsessed tourists were saddened to find that TiramesU, the long-standing (17 years to be exact) Italian joint was shutting its doors practically overnight.   Now, after a year of not serving al dente pappardelle Bolognese, however, TiramesU has announced it will reopen...

My Italian Kitchen will open its new Winter Park, Florida, location on June 4. The new Spoleto, located at 349 N. Orlando Ave., is the third one in the Orlando area The concept is simple: give guests the culinary freedom to choose from more than 30 farm-fresh and house-prepared ingredients, herbs, dressings, and oils to create a custom pasta,...

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration. It was as a college basketball coach of NC State Wolfpack that the brash Italian-American made his name.   After 10 years' coaching, "Jimmy V" arrived at State and told anyone who would listen he would win the Nation...