In the bright-blue Mediterranean Sea, sitting just west of the better part of Italy is an island on which falls golden-yellow rays of luminous sunshine.  A young man is not paying the sun much mind, however. He digs. Sweat soaks his hair, sticking it to his body. His shoulders ache and he continues to dig, looking up only when Steven Ellis, the cur...

Over the past decade, Over-the-Rhine's Vine Street has become a treasure trove of tasty dining destinations. From sophisticated diner food to Japanese cuisine, pizzerias and Mexican food to sharable tapas spots and fancy hot dogs — the list goes on. If you were having trouble choosing before, your decision will soon get a little bit more complicate...

A bronze statue of a wolf — a gift from the city of Rome to Cincinnati during the 1930s when dictator Benito Mussolini was in power — has been stolen from Eden Park. Cincinnati Parks spokesman Rocky Merz says a park visitor reported the missing statue early Friday morning. "What they discovered is that — the statue is a large bronze statue of a wol...

How does a biopharmaceutical executive from Verona end up becoming Cincinnati’s sole purveyor of luxury Italian kitchens? Good question. For Agostino Fede, owner and founder of NOLI, it went something like this: After retiring from corporate life, Fede moved to New York City, where he began, as he puts it, a sort of grand “rewiring.” The question,...

Covington’s Main Street — the heart of historically designated MainStrasse Village — boasts one of the best assortments of restaurants in Greater Cincinnati. A lion’s share of credit for that abundance goes to a restaurant group informally known as Otto’s Restaurant Family. MainStrasse residents Emily Wolff and Paul Weckman opened Otto’s in 2003, b...

Award-winning PBS Chef, Lidia Bastianich, is returning to Dayton and Cincinnati for a variety of special events and her fans could not be more excited. Many of the opportunities to see her locally in support of PBS stations sold-out in haste, which speaks to her enormous appeal, but there are still a few opportunities to see her and hear about her...

After taking two years off due to the pandemic, a beloved home-cooked tradition is back in Camp Washington. On April 10, Sacred Heart Church is hosting its popular ravioli dinner. Since 1911, the church has been offering old-fashioned, Italian-recipe ravioli dinners made by parishioners and volunteers using recipes brought to Cincinnati from the Ol...

The invitation came through email. Would you like to have lunch with Art Fusaro, a lifelong Cincinnatian, on his 101st birthday, March 14? Why, certainly. What local history buff could pass that up? Art greeted me in the lobby at the Kenwood retirement community in Madisonville, where he lives in the Bluffs, the independent living apartments on the...

The reputation of Christopher Columbus is pretty much in the dumps these days, and the annual holiday celebrating his voyage of discovery generates spirited debate. It’s almost forgotten now just how important Columbus Day was to the grudging acceptance of Italian Americans. In the late 1800s, Italians were only reluctantly tolerated in the U.S. A...

LaRosa’s today announces its latest family recipes - Deluxe and Create Your Own pizzas -- made with new plant-based toppings that taste remarkably similar to LaRosa’s family recipe pizzas that its guests have enjoyed for nearly 70 years. LaRosa’s has been testing the pizzas with plant-based toppings in two Cincinnati-area pizzerias and incorporatin...