NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

I wonder if you miss sitting down to a good meal in a fine local restaurant as much as I do.  It’s not just about the food. Driving through Holiday Manor the other day, I spotted Grassa Gramma and remembered how much fun it is to dine there.  Executive Chef Robert Rice’s fine Italian fare is a big part of that draw, of course, but that’s not all. T...

North Italia is scheduled to open its first-ever Alabama location March 3. And the chain Italian restaurant has a hiring event scheduled for later this month. Bayer Properties announced North Italia was coming early last year before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Summit location will be the chain’s 24th U.S. location, with other restaurants in Ar...

When I compile a “best of” list of different cuisines, it’s inevitable that a few of my favorites get omitted in the interest of brevity. However, that’s sometimes a blessing in disguise. Those places get their own feature complete with detailed information about the menu and detailed reasons for its place on my “best of” list. Bravo! Italian Resta...

This month, award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman opened an Italian-inspired restaurant in Atlanta's West Midtown neighborhood. Baffi is currently the New York City chef's second Italian restaurant in the American South, along with Adele's in Nashville.  At Baffi, the spacious dining room gives way to an exposed bar and kitchen, where a wood-fed heart...

Summer Adventure in Learning (SAIL), a joint project of six charitable organizations, announced Thursday that dozens of organizations in Alabama that provide summer learning opportunities to children will be receiving financial support. Forty independent programs in the state will receive a total of $898,500. SAIL cites research showing that studen...

Have you eaten at Fratellino Ristorante on Miracle Mile? If you have, you’ve eaten at the best Italian restaurant in Florida, according to Eat This, Not That. Now we know there will be plenty of push back to this assertion. We all have our neighborhood favorite. But Eat This, Not That — a franchise that aims to help diners make positive and healthy...

A new Italian restaurant is preparing to open in La Grange in the place where La Buona Vita closed in March. The timing is questionable, since as of Monday, indoor dining still was not allowed at Cook County restaurants per the Tier 3 restrictions of the governor’s coronavirus mitigation plan. La Grange Village President Mark Kuchler told the owner...

The main Italian daily business newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” published on Saturday January 16th an article about Miami and the growing economic vitality of the entire Southeast of the USA. The article also mentioned what our Chamber of Commerce is doing with its video-educational project “Business Expert Channel” (https://bec.iaccse.com) to support S...

North Franklin Street Street in downtown Tampa is home to our latest Tampa Bay Food Tour partner Bello https://bellotampa.com/ . Bello opened in late November in the former Osteria location and we are happy to see signs of this stretch of Franklin Street being reborn once again. Bello offers up a bevy of delicious Italian specialty pastas, appet...

Despite facing the most challenging year for the restaurant industry, Fazoli’s proved month after record-breaking month that its vigorous momentum cannot be slowed down. The renowned, Lexington-based brand known for serving up premium Italian dishes at a great value closed out seven straight historical months with double-digit month-over-month sale...

The Consulate General of Italy in Miami is delighted to bring Italian contemporary art to Miami – as part of the global initiative “Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art 2020”. From December 2020 to February 2021 an exclusive art exhibition on emerging Italian artist Riccardo Raul Papavero will be presented at the Istituto Marangoni...

Since 1991, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast supported hundreds of Italian entrepreneurs in approaching the American market. Through its initiatives, the Chamber has opened the path for many companies that eventually created subsidiaries in the United States and generated several hundred jobs over the course of the last 30 years.IACC...