NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

By Sara Liss   The who: Chef Wendy Cacciatori, from Bologna, Italy, helms Via Emilia 9 — a pint-sized South Beach spot that specializes in hearty home cooking and pastas made daily. The space: The two year-old restaurant recently underwent a complete revamp with a redesign that includes an open kitchen, an expanded market with Italian goods...

It will be a glittering celebration of Italian fashion and culture all in the name of charity when renowned haute couture designer and philanthropist Renato Balestra welcomes guests to the Glamour is Back gala taking place Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami.   Gla...

A well-known author and poet will speak to University of Georgia students about her life in Italy next week. Frances Mayes, the author of three best-selling books will speak April 16 at 4 p.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.   A poet and former professor of creative writing, Mayes achieved widespread popula...

In the commonwealth of Kentucky, a state that brushes against the edges of the Bible Belt, the religion of choice is basketball. Its followers are devout. Fanatical, even. They commit themselves to their faith completely, studyingtheir scripture day and night, making regular pilgrimages not only to their house of worship—the basketball cathedral, R...

There was the guy with the shamrock-green hair and mustache, passing by a younger gent proudly styling a grass skirt in Emerald Isle hues.   Seniors mingled with young families, while high school teens shared a table with a pair taking their sartorial cues from the denizens of "Duck Dynasty."   Read more   Source: http://w...

by Nicole Danna   Around these parts, there's a lot of trepidation when it comes to finding good Italian food. Even the tourists don't expect to find decent pizza this far south -- and without a neighborhood of trattorias called Little Italy. Despite the misconceptions surrounding our state's ability to churn out good pies and pasta, re...

The University of South Florida is pleased to announce this 4 weeks program of summer study in Italy (June 2015).   The San Severino Marche program, directed by Prof. Federica Colleoni and Arnaldo Ciccotelli, is a four-week, 2 courses/6 or 7 credits experience conducted in the region Marche, an ideal setting for the courses offered because o...

by Nicki P. Wood   As a tourist destination, the past is just fantastic. One past setting I love to visit is New York in the '40s and '50s, when the Irish bars were full of Irish, and Italian restaurants were owned by Italian-speakers, with mamma or nonna running the kitchen.   Mammas and nonnas are in somewhat shorter supply here in...

by Lisa Petrillo   Art Basel put Miami on the map in the art world. Now there's a push to do the same in the fashion world. Some of the biggest name designers are coming to Miami to meet their fans face to face. Edguardo Osoro, designer of Aquazzura shoes, is responsible for creating what he calls the 12-hour fashionable heel. &nb...

By Dennis Seid   Sometime next month, a wood-fired brick oven made in Italy will make its way to downtown Tupelo. And by late spring, a new restaurant will be serving traditional Neapolitan pizza from that oven. The pizzeria will be owned by Vince Rapisarda, who is opening in the building at 206 Troy Street that was most recently T...

A new Italian restaurant, Amici's Italiano Ristorante, will open next week off West New Circle Road at 1479 Boardwalk. The restaurant will be run by Alberto Villasenor and Alex Vega, who are partners in Amici's with their wives, Miranda Villasenor and Amy Vega.   The eatery, with seating for 130, will be open for lunch and dinner weekda...

Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza company in the United States, known for its fresh ingredients, secret sauce recipe and dough made in-store daily, opened at 11182 66th St., on Oct. 30 boosting the local economy by adding up to 30 jobs.   A grand opening celebration will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 6, and will include free pi...