Fall is the season of festivals in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Don't miss out on the outdoor activities our area has to offer during this beautiful season.   Although Indiana isn't home to canals and gondolas, you will feel like an Italian for a weekend in Late September by making the short trip across the river to Indiana. Right "in th...

The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville, Inc. (ICI) is presenting the seventh annual Carnevale Celebration on Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road, Louisville. Guests are encouraged to wear masks or costumes to experience the magic of Italy's famous celebrations. Carnevaleis open to the public for $20...

The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville was formed to celebrate and share Italy's unique history and culture with this community through educational programs and sponsored events. The Institute awards scholarships of up to five thousand dollars to individuals in this region who demonstrate the ability to bring us a better understanding of Ital...

ICI's "Italy in Film" Series Kicks off with "Habemus papam" (We Have a Pope!)In celebration of the election of a new pope, the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville kicks off its "Italy in Film" series with the award-winning comedy-drama "Habemus papam" (2011) which gives an "inside look" of the election of a pope with an interesting ending.This...

by Jere Downs   Many Louisville diners have fond memories of family meals at Melillo's, a family-owned Italian restaurant that dished out enormous portions of pasta and homemade meatballs topped with rich marinara sauce, eggplant parmesan, crusty bread and a three layer, towering nut-encrusted Italian cream cake.   Bringing back that...

by Elizabeth Cassady   In early 2014 Tuscan chef Gina Stipo moved her base of operations to Louisville KY. This summer she will be working with area locals to showcase the foods and wines of Tuscany at two separate venues, the Pendennis Club and Lilly's.   "I fell in love with Louisville a few years ago when I was invited to be the gu...

The Italian-made Alfa Romeo sports car is headed to Shelbyville Road. Swope Auto Group announced that it had been awarded a dealership by the automaker last month and intends to rename its Sam Swope FIAT in St. Matthews to Sam Swope Alfa Romeo FIAT to reflect the addition.   Swope, the state’s largest auto dealer, becomes the first Louisvill...

by Sheldon S. Shafer Louisville-based entrepreneur Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman is joining with The Cordish Cos. that operates Fourth Street Live! to open an Italian restaurant called BirraCibo at the downtown entertainment hub. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will be located in the former Ri Ra Irish Pub at 445 S. 4th St. It will specialize i...

If you haven't been to Fourth Street Live! because you think it's a haven for 20- and 30-year-old partiers out to have more fun than is good for them or anyone else – or you think it's too touristy – you might want to change your mind.   There are plenty of tourists taking in the dining and entertainment, but tourists aren't exactly the devi...

by Nancy Miller   There are chefs who say they were meant for the profession and could never envision themselves doing anything else. Not so for Allan Rosenberg of Cena Italian Trattoria, who was a clothing designer before he channeled his creativity into cooking.   The life of a chef can be high profile, and the job comes with i...