By Martin J. Reed Popular Alabaster eatery Joe's Italian is branching out and opening a scaled-down restaurant in north Montevallo at the intersection of Highway 119 and Shelby County Road 22.   Joe's Italian Crossroads Cafe is planning to open Feb. 1 as a convenient spot for customers craving a warm, hearty meal to grab a takeout order, sa...

Saint Joseph Altar – March 17th @ 1:00 PM.The Italian American Heritage Society 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 pray...

By Patrick Rupinski Debra Rubino discovered Tuscaloosa four years ago when her son came to the University of Alabama. She said she fell in love with the city, but she also discovered that something was missing — a style of cooking with a heavy emphasis on fresh seasonings and fresh produce. It was the type of cooking she knew from living in New Yo...

There will be something special in the air at the 2013 Mamma Mia Cook-off on Nov. 9 when the night sky is illuminated with sparkling paper lanterns. In addition to the sumptuous feast of Italian food, this year's event will celebrate Rificolona, the Florentine paper lantern parade.   "Each year we look for new ways to add to the authenticit...

Amid strong interest from potential franchisees, robust same-store sales, and more geographic expansion, Fazoli's is extending its franchise incentive program for new operators. In February, franchisees reported a 9.3 percent same-store sales increase on a 6.3 percent jump in traffic. Year to date, franchise unit sales are up 4.9 percent on a 3.7 p...

By Nick Kurczewski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   If the idea of owning an extremely fast and hugely expensive Lamborghini sports car for less than $4-grand sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. To drive the point home, Lamborghini Automobili is taking legal action against CARKITINC, a kit-car company based in Albertville, Alabama. For...

Fazoli's, the nation's largest fast-casual Italian chain, has signed a franchise agreement for its first restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama. Fazoli's, No. 2 on Zagat's list of fast-food restaurants, recently announced an aggressive, five-prong franchise growth strategy. The Montgomery restaurant will be developed by Dr. Rakesh Patel. It is expe...

by Paul Sullivan Joey Avery and David Lisenby plan to open Papa Roc's Italian Grill in the Somerset shopping center in February providing fine food in a casual atmosphere. The partners have more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant field, Avery said.   "We are going for a more polished casual atmosphere, meaning we will have t...

Civitan International's Board of Directors has appointed Carmelo Cutuli as new General Secretary for Italy.   Cutuli who has distinguished himself in introducing Civitan International in his Country and contributing in developing the Southern Europe network, ranks the MST Grade that recognizes Civitans who excel at building new Clubs. Cutul...

The Sayre chapter of UNICO held their 49th annual dinner dance on Saturday at Tomasso's Restaurant in Waverly. Those who donated the $100 ticket cost for the formal event were treated to dinner, live music by local band Splash, an open bar and dancing all night long.   The group has been active in the Valley area since 1967 when a group...