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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...

City native Tony Caporale, a lighting designer, programmer and director based in Nashville, Tennessee, recently received the 2020 Parnelli Award for Lighting Director of the Year for his work with Top 40 recording artist Billie Eilish. Other lighting directors nominated for the award represented artists such as The Rolling Stones, Muse, Paul McCart...

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tens of thousands of Southern Italians and Sicilians immigrated to the American Gulf South. Arriving during the Jim Crow era at a time when races were being rigidly categorized, these immigrants occupied a racially ambiguous place in society: they were not considered to be of mixed race, nor wer...

The name of the Consulate General for Italy in Miami is something of a misnomer, according to Consul General Cristiano Musillo, who this year will celebrate two decades of service as a foreign diplomat.  Though headquartered in Coral Gables, the office over which Mr. Musillo has presided since August 2018 has an expansive jurisdiction, encompassing...

A fine-dining fixture in Downtown Louisville has made a national ranking of the country’s best Italian restaurants. Vincenzo’s, a longstanding restaurant at 150 S. Fifth St., was ranked No. 22 on Yahoo’s list of the top 50 Italian restaurants in the U.S. The restaurant was founded in 1986 by brothers Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele. Yahoo assembled...

It’s time to break out your high school Italian. Beloved French restaurant Bistro 218 is opening a sister Italian ristorante, BOCCA. You don’t have to wait long, homemade pasta and fresh bread will be at your fingertips on 2nd Ave. downtown next month! I would trust these chefs with my life. You might think this is an exaggeration, but have you tas...

With a celebrated international chef, a fresh inviting décor and a knockout menu, Scusi Trattoria is a hit. Coastal Italian is the new eatery’s theme, recalling the Euro countryside and seaside Sunday meals Chef Laurent Tourondel was served by his Italian grandmother. Taking over the former Vic and Angelo’s large 5,000 sq. foot corner space at PGA...

It’s an ordinary Monday night in North Beach. The parking lot at Abbot Avenue and 71st Street is nearly full. The corner restaurant, Café Prima Pasta, emits an inviting red glow. Past the red awning awaits a warm space blushing with red lanterns and excited chatter. It almost feels like home. Owner Gerry Cea has been welcoming diners to his humble...

From the looks of it, this story represents the American Dream – fulfilled. Three young Italian buddies opened their first ice cream shop, Gelato-go, at 458 Ocean Drive in sunny South Beach on January 18th, 2013. Their Gelato Master learned his Italian gelato-making skills from his father and his family – who have been in the business for over 80 y...

In order to accommodate growing crowds, Ryan Rogers' bar Vetti is moving to NuLu, in a 3,300-square-foot space on the first floor of the new AC Hotel. The new location will allow the bar and restaurant to double its seating capacity, which will include outdoor seating on Market Street, and expand its menu.  "Too often we are unable to accommodate t...

Former Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino is returning to the club as a member of the development academy staff. Nocerino, who announced his retirement as a player on Thursday, will become the coach for the academy’s under-15 team while also assuming assistant duties for the under-17 squad. Nocerino will arrive during a transition period for...

A new Italian Deli is opening next week in Murfreesboro, featuring sandwiches, pasta and soups. Jeff Murphy came to Murfreesboro in 2010 from Alameda, California on a football scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University to get a degree in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, his original plan was to go back home and join the family business, Do...