Perhaps less surprising that Brian Solari decided to bring his Italian dessert café to Greenville is that the owner of Carmella’s Café and Dessert Bar found a location so fast. When Solari and his wife and partner, Tiffany Solari, opened the first Carmella’s in Charleston eight years ago, it took nearly two years to find the right space, Solari say...

Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar owner Brian Solari opened the Italian-inspired cafe in 2014 with the intention of bringing a little piece of Europe to Charleston.  “Charleston has such an amazing European feel to it. It’s a very old-looking, beautiful city, and I just thought that bringing some of that European flair would definitely fit well,” Sol...

New Jersey-transplants Marissa and Mario Massarelli settled down in the Lowcountry in July to start the next phase of their lives – Holy City Cannoli.  The couple made the decision to leave the “hustle and bustle” of New Jersey for the “laid-back” atmosphere of Charleston. “It’s very family-oriented,” Marissa said about the decision. “Which is real...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the College of Charleston, is proud to announce the 15th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture. The 2021 event will take place Nov. 4-6, 2021, at the Queen Street Playhouse and will feature 10 award-winning films. “We are very happy to have a real pr...

For the fifth installment of my series, “Searching For Italy in the South” I head to charming downtown Charleston, South Carolina to speak with John Amato, co-owner of Melfi's and founder of The Culinary Garden. The Upper King Street District is lined with beautiful brick buildings, stunning historic churches, art galleries, and noteworthy restaura...

Set amid historical sites like the Charleston Naval Shipyard and plantations dating back to the 17th century is Amici’s Italian Bistro, a place filled with the sounds of Sinatra playing in the background, red and white checkered tablecloths, and chianti bottle-candles lit on every table. Here, you’ll encounter the aromas of garlic and nana's fresh...

Festival Hall is displaying 34 iconic pieces of art from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel as part of an illuminating exhibit. “We created this event so you could go at your own pace, see what you want, explore what you want, and immerse yourself,” said Eric Leong, a producer of the Sistine Chapel event. The exhibit has been on display all over the wor...

The City Paper’s list of top seven Italian restaurants in Charleston spans the entire Lowcountry, from downtown to Sullivan’s and Johns Islands. And while you’ll of course find Italian staples, the chefs at these destinations find ways to impart cuisine and flavors from all the regions in Italy. There’s no shortage of options, but we’re here to hel...

Please note that in order to process passport applications, in the wake of the reactivation of the fingerprinting system at the honorary Consulate in Charleston, starting from June 21, 2021 and until further notice, Italian citizens may refer to the Honorary Consulate in Atlanta upon reservation that can be made at the telephone number +1-404-855-4...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Consulate of Miami, has announced the 14th annual Italian Cinema celebration. On Nov. 18 and 19, moviegoers can enjoy Italian films at the Charleston Music Hall. Directed by Giovanna de Luca, associate professor of Italian and film at the Colleg...