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By Cassandra Mickens   Organizers of Feast of St. Mark Italian Food Festival say the event is bound to excite the taste buds. The third annual rain-or-shine feast is set for Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 11 p.m. at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Birmingham. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12....

America's first Spoleto - My Italian Kitchen will soon open in Central Florida.Construction is underway at Plaza on University near the University of Central Florida with an anticipated opening in January. Spoleto has plans to open several other locations throughout Orlando including one in Winter Park by the end of April. Spoleto, a popular...

This fall, CofC's Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival welcomes Italian director and screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso to the Holy City in honor of the 10th annual film fest. Gaudioso is best known for his screenplays of Gomorrah (2008), Reality (2012) and Tale of Tales (2015), starring Salma Hayek. Gaudioso is one of many writers and directors who will...

This column is about the experience of food in Chattanooga. I will take people out for dinner and lunch dates at various restaurants in the Chattanooga region. It is not meant to be a review per se, but an account of a one-time experience at a restaurant. Your mileage may vary depending upon your expectations.   This week, Monica and I visit...

Italian soccer powerhouse AS Roma is returning to Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando for a week of training and a friendly against Orlando City. Roma will be stateside next month, training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from May 22-25, and will play Orlando City on Friday, May 23.   Orlando City, currently in the United Soccer...

by Brent Owen   Giulia Rozzi is a quick witted Boston girl, raised by Italian Catholic parents who immigrated to the states before she was born. It's that background that has developed her rather blunt, deeply personal and highly animated style of comedy.   And for the record, for her, personal means talking a lot about her sex life....

The fifth Benetti Crystal 140 M/Y MR D, to date built in seven units and part of the Class full-displacement range of Benetti's current production, will make its U.S. debut at Yachts Miami Beach. The Crystal 140 is the new boat in the Benetti Class range. It measures 137 feet in length and 29 feet in width at full beam. Its displacement is 375...

On June 1, 2016 our honorable Consul General of Italy in Miami, Gloria Bellelli hosted a private reception at the Coral Gables Country Club for the Italian community in Miami to celebrate La Festa della Repubblica, known in English as Italian National Day.   This is national holiday in Italy, formally acknowledged on June 2, that commemorate...

"Everybody," the waitress' voice carried over the din of the dining room, "raise your arms!" All seated at our table stopped talking and turned to the young woman. She moved from table to table, demonstrating uplifted arms, and began swaying right to left in time with the music — a Young Rascals hit from the '60s, "Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon."...

Whether it be owner Jerry Furio going out at 3 a.m. to Immokalee to get the freshest vegetables available or the store being the only licensed retailer in Lee County to sell certified Angus beef, Paesano's Italian Fresh Market & Outdoor Patio Caf has become the place to go for the best Italian food, wine, meats and cheeses. This year, Paesano'...

I was recently challenged by my table mates at a women's power lunch to try Uncle Giuseppe's Lil' Bit A Brooklyn. Afterward, they agreed this was some of the best Italian food and pizza in Martin County. I later checked it out with my husband.    Maria and Giacomo Giambato came to Martin County from Palermo, Italy, less than a year...

Christine Simolke of Marion has always been fascinated by the immigrant experience of Giovanna, her Italian grandmother. Giovanna and Simolke's great aunt, Evelina, often shared stories about their journey across the ocean, and tales of romance and secrets.   In her debut novel, "Children of Italy" (Hawkins Publishing), Simolke makes good on...