By Kirsten Fiscus In 1991 a 31-year-old Carlo Ferarri left Italy to backpack in the United States. At 32, he decided to complete his travels by bicycle. Now 55 years old, he has brought his wanderlust to Calhoun County. "When I first came to America to backpack I noticed a lot of travelers were on bicycles," Ferarri said Wednesday through his...

By Cassandra Mickens   Organizers of Feast of St. Mark Italian Food Festival say the event is bound to excite the taste buds. The third annual rain-or-shine feast is set for Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 11 p.m. at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Birmingham. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12....

The Cultural Italian American Organization, of Auburn, will host a Columbus Day recognition dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Fleming. The dinner will honor Jack and Jerry Bisgrove and Matteo Bartolotta for their efforts to revitalize the Auburn area, and will also feature a five-course Italian dinner,...

Four years ago, Robert Sbirssa saw the Italian community around Birmingham losing touch with its roots. It was then that he decided to create a festival that was about more than just the food.    "We wanted to build an event for the parish which really would find a common thread with a lot of our parishioners," said Sbrissa, the Feast o...

Helping an organization that does good for others while doing something she loves — cooking — is Nora Chindamo's secret ingredient for a successful event. Nora and other members of the Italian-American Society are coming together on Feb. 9 to host a lasagna dinner benefiting Hospice of the Finger Lakes. "Hospice of the Finger Lakes is grateful for...

Nina Miglionico (1913–2009) was an early activist for women's rights and to date is the longest-practicing female attorney in Alabama, practicing law for 73 years. She was also a Birmingham, Jefferson County, political leader who stood for racial equality and consistently voted to repeal the city segregation ordinances that led to the civil rights...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in Alabama?   The largest city in Alabama is booming; Birmingham boasts a population well over 210,000 and a thriving busi...

The Italian American Heritage Society of Birmingham cordially invites you to share in the time-honored tradition of the Saint Joseph Altar. The Saint Joseph Altar is Sicilian in origin. During a terrible famine, the people of Sicily pleaded to Saint Joseph, their patron saint, for relief.   Saint Joseph answered their prayers and the famine...

A group of good friends has founded an organization that accomplishes two objectives near to their hearts — celebrating their Italian heritage and committing charitable acts in the community they love.   The newly formed Cultural Italian American Organization, or CIAO, brings together people of Italian descent to share traditions and customs...

As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   Italians arriving in New Orleans often wen...