NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

New fast casual restaurant Jay & Luigi–the product of a new business partnership between Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG) and Forbici’s co-founder Jason Brunetti–is opening its first location in St. Pete at 3201 4th St. North. Located at a spot that was formerly a Burger 21, the Italian trattoria-style pizzeria will offer modern and traditional fare w...

Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurateur Eric Scheffer might have found the key to solving the staffing crisis, at least locally: open a restaurant where there's plenty of parking and an ongoing population boom.  That's also a pretty good recipe for attracting customers, and Scheffer expects sales at the newest Vinnie's, which will open at 1981 H...

The City of Newport has announced announce Italianfest is returning this summer with new dates. The festival will run from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18 at Festival Park between the Purple People and Taylor Southgate Bridges on the banks of the Ohio River. Presented by the City of Newport and ColdIron events, Italianfest has become one...

A family Italian restaurant featuring Jersey-style pizza appears to be making it through the pandemic. Solorzano’s Pizzeria, at 13001 Tamiami Trail, near Warm Mineral Springs, offers gourmet pizza and subs with fresh homemade Italian bread, as well as a variety of pasta dishes — including homemade meatballs. Father and son Jimmy and Anthony Solorza...

Mangia. Mangia. Mangia. St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood is back this year. Well, kind of.  The carnival atmosphere is still a no-go even as pandemic social distancing guidelines ease, but the festival, one of the most popular in the state, will be offering takeout foods from June 8 to 11. Foods will be avail...

The charismatic, larger than life Italian designer Antonino Aiello seems to have created a stir in Miami. Across all the luxury hotspots in Miami Beach- from the Setai to the Surf Club to Joia Beach- fashionable Miami denizens can be seen flaunting the free-flowing white, blue, and grey linen fabrics of Aiello's 100% Capri. What started as a projec...

After several opening day delays, it looks like Portillo’s is almost ready to open in Orlando. The Chicago-style restaurant announced Thursday that its new grand opening date is scheduled for June 15 at 10:30 a.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that starts 30 minutes earlier. Fans of Portillo’s have been patiently waiting to indulge in the restaur...

When Kristin and Justin Gilbert used to live on Sycamore Avenue 20-plus years ago, they'd walk up and down Frankfort Avenue and dream about where they might put a gelato shop. Now, that dream is coming true. The owners of Gelato Gilberto are opening a second location at 2240 Frankfort Ave. in July.  "We started thinking about a second location prob...

Pedini Miami, a leader in luxury home interiors, is excited to announce the opening of a new showroom in 2022. The new store is located in Ft. Lauderdale and will officially mark the franchise's long-awaited expansion into the Broward market. The new Ft. Lauderdale showroom is being modeled after the success of the company's popular Coral Gables lo...

Few in the U.S. probably recognize the name Alejandro de Tomaso. And even those who saw the new de Tomaso P72, a 700-hp mid-engine 2-seat hypercar at last year's 25th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance probably don’t know the heritage behind it. But the exotic blue shape side by side with a lithe red race car shares a unique blue and white T...

I am a chef and first-generation Italian American from New York who moved to the South a little over two years ago. In “Searching for Italy in the South,” I'm on a quest to discover chefs who cook real Italian food, who have captured the essence of Italian cooking and are bringing the Old Country to the American South. For the next installment, I j...

If you can’t make it to Southern Italy to indulge in traditional Neapolitan-style pizza at the source, New York City’s take on pizza is arguably second-best. But you won’t find a better slice in Louisville than at Old School NY Pizza. A round of thin, crisp crust bearing portions of spicy sauce, melty cheese and toppings discreetly applied so all r...