When you think Southern-style cooking, Italian food probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the idea of eating Italian cuisine in the South didn’t scare Chef Dom Tesoriero when he visited Birmingham, Ala., for the latest episode of “Dom Eats Local.” How do you think the food stacked up to the cooking in his hometown of Staten Island?...

It’s no secret that Birminghamian’s love Italian and Mediterranean food. For Birmingham magazine’s August edition of “This or That” we had our social media followers vote on their favorite between the two cuisines. The results came out slightly in favor of Italian food (58%) over Mediterranean food (42%). Here, we give recommendations for both. 1....

The Feast of St. Mark will celebrate its seventh year this April. The annual event, hosted by Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, will be April 28 starting at 3 p.m., with an early Saturday mass. Following that, there will be food, entertainment, kid’s activities and dancing. The festival’s mission is to recognize and know the story of the c...

Good thing Birmingham chef Benard Tamburello knows a little something about multitasking.   All this week, while running his Bernie's On Main restaurant in Columbiana and training a new staff for the mid-May opening of his Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato in The Preserve in Hoover, Tamburello is also preparing to serve about 3,000 guests at Sa...

by Kelly Poe   Downtown Birmingham is getting a new Italian option for lunch. Eric Chester is in the final stages of opening Ruscelli's in the food court of the Regions building. It'll offer classic Italian food, including pizza, pasta, paninis, gelato and salad.   "It's a small-time, small start, but I'm trying to do everything...

If you were an early 20th century Italian immigrant living in Birmingham, chances are you came from Sicily. More specifically, you probably came from Bisacquino, a small Sicilian village near Palermo. Leaving family behind in Bisacquino was surely a gut wrenching decision, motivated by a desire to escape poverty and facilitated by agents canvassing...

An Italian software and IT services company now has a controlling share of a Birmingham company that provides credit union technology services.   Dedagroup NA is the North American subsidiary of Dedagroup ICT Network, located in Trento, Italy. The company supports IT and digital operations in grocery, fashion and financial institutions,...

By Michael Huebner Opera Birmingham is gearing up for an ambitious season, staging two productions, three operas, two concerts and a vocal competition that continues to gain national stature.   And if you have a liking for Italian opera (and what true opera fan doesn't?), you're in luck. Three out of three operas will be sung in that most m...

We are pleased to announce the next meeting of our Italian Book Club We welcome the Dante Alighieri members and non members to join us in this exciting adventure in the Italian literature.   We are meeting every three months to discuss a book by an Italian Author. The discussion will be in English unless all the participants s...

Modest Maria Medoro says she hesitates to call her place a restaurant, since customers place their orders at a counter and she doesn't serve alcohol. She'd hate to disappoint anyone.   But for anything other than supper with a glass of wine, Medoro's got you covered. A cup of Lavazza macchiato with a fabulous pastry, a big salad, or an even...