During this school year, two exchange students from Italy are living with families on each end of Garrett County and attending high school as seniors. They are each hosted through a different organization, and the fact that they are both here from Italy is coincidental. Once they learned of the connection, the families met each other and have gotte...

She’s one of the most beloved food personalities across the country and around the world, known for an effervescent attitude, warm personality and megawatt smile. But as a chef and restaurateur, Giada De Laurentiis is uncompromising. She demonstrated an ultra-sharp focus and tenacious commitment to providing a consistent experience at her very firs...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy of Ocean City Lodge #2474 invite residents and visitors to the eighth annual St. Joseph’s Festival, inside St. Andrew’s Hall on Sinepuxent Avenue at 144th Street, this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “It celebrates St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily and the universal church,” said Al DiOrio, the festival’s publi...

Those “Eastportoricans” have it all going on. They’ve got their “breakaway republic,” their maritime heritage, their Oyster Boys, their sock burnings, their extreme sports of green beer races and mad .05K dashes across the bridge over Spa Creek (which they cheekily refer to as “The Gulf of Eastport”). Must they also have the best pizza in town? A c...

The Italian Festa has a long tradition in Hagerstown, drawing hundreds of people every year for steaming plates of pasta and sauce in an event that helps the community. Volunteers came together again Sunday at the Ramada Plaza in Hagerstown to offer the meal, which organizers estimated would net about $6,000 for causes supported by the Antietam Exc...

From December 4 through December 19, 2017, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) visited and donated $1,000 each to 12 different charities as part of their 12 Days of Christmas Giving. A local non-profit created to support local charities while working to maintain a positive community image and uphold Italian family traditions, SIAB an...

The scene appeared pulled from “The Sopranos.” The year was 2016, during season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Sal Valentinetti walked in slow motion along with two family members in the bright sun. His cousin, Big Tommy, ate a canoli while walking. “How you doin’?,” Valentinetti said when he sat down for a confessional video. The Italian-American...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...

Evelyn Di Tosto, a retired Maryland Department of Education official who ran the state’s certification program for teachers, died of a stroke Jan. 23 at the J. W. Ruby Memorial Medical Center in Morgantown, W. Va. She was 86 and lived in North Baltimore. Born in Richwood, W. Va., she was the daughter of Carlo Di Tosto, a tailor and his wife, Cather...

Martin Hernandez, franchisee with Squisito Franchise Enterprises, is opening his first Squisito Pizza & Pasta in Queenstown, Maryland later this year. Squisito Pizza & Pasta is a fast casual, authentic Italian restaurant originating in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and expanding across the Eastern Seaboard. Hernandez has been a part of the Squisito...