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Lauren Mascitti is a singer-songwriter and one of the American Idol hopefuls for season 18 of the singing-competition reality show. She auditioned for the judges in Nashville. Mascitti grew up in Ohio but later moved to Nashville. She brought Shawn Camp, a Grammy Award-winning country music producer with her to accompany her on the audition. Accord...

Did you know we have our very own upstate New York, Utica inspired restaurant in Bradenton, FL? Lamantini Trattoria brings Old-World style Italian cuisine with a modern flare to Manatee County. It is next to Blake Hospital off 59th Street West, previously well-known local spot, Nikki’s on 59th. Where does this interesting name come from you might a...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Atlanta, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings. 1. Your Pie Topping the list is an outpost of the chain Your Pie. Located at 275 Memorial Drive SE,...

Every workday, facilities manager Tom Francis starts his morning the same way. He enters the chapel at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain, turns on the lights and addresses a statue of the shrine’s namesake. “I tell her, ‘OK boss, this is your place. I’m just a pair of hands. You need to help me or we won’t be able to be here for those who c...

GCIACS President Joseph Ventura organized a wonderful tour on a beautiful day for twenty members of the GCIAS. The ships are in Biloxi for a few weeks as they tour the Western Hemisphere. Prior to the tour, Dee Zee – a former history teacher and the ships’ historian, spent fifteen minutes giving a detailed talk on the history of Christopher Columbu...

Just completed, Eighty Seven Park in Miami is Renzo Piano’s first residential commission in the United States. The Pritzker Prize winner, known for his cultural interventions around the globe, imagined an architecture that creates the illusion of a floating building above the ocean and park. With interiors designed by RDAI in Paris, known for their...

When Martino Canelo moved to the United States from Peru in 1986, he started working in an Italian restaurant to support himself while he took English classes. He started as a bus boy and worked his way up the ranks to be a waiter, a bartender, then a cook.Canelo fell in love with the cuisine and, after working in Italian restaurants in several cit...

Chef Joel Ehrlich moved from San Francisco back to his hometown of Fort Lauderdale last summer to take over the kitchen at One Door East, the global small plates restaurant next to Valentino Cucina Italiana. Giovanni Rocchio, the founding chef and partner of both restaurants, had spent years trying to lure Ehrlich east. The two became friends aft...

Antonella Diluca and Simone Raccanello emigrated from Italy to South Florida in early December. Two months later, on Feb. 4, the couple opened Via Vai Italian Deli and Wine Bar in Wilton Manors. “We had a big dream, the American dream,” says Diluca. “We love America. We love Florida. But I can [say] it was not easy. We were scared, of course. We ju...

Fazoli’s - the renowned, Lexington-based brand known for serving up premium Italian dishes at a great value - is set to bring more of its acclaimed Italian dishes to North Carolina. Fazoli’s President and CEO Carl Howard announced today that the company has executed an area development agreement with Franchisee Jeff Milliken to bring one restaurant...

An estimated 15,000 people will attend this weekend’s Italian Feast and Carnival at the airport festival grounds in Venice. Festivities, with lots of food, live music, a bull machine, carnival rides and games by Great Southern Amusement Co., and a beer tent, began Thursday and continues through Sunday evening. Past President Bruce Bastian, who head...

What a special occasion to exchange views on positive trends of scientific and economic relations between Italy and Florida! The Miami Scientific Italian Community was represented by several members of Board of Directors (from the left: Prof. Massimiliano Galeazzi, Secretary; Prof. Alessia Fornoni, Vice President; Hon. Ambassador of Italy in U.S. A...