In Italia, Ferragosto is a national holiday celebrated on August 15th at the beach or in the mountains with picnics and all-day celebrations. All of Italy shuts down to enjoy it! You should too! Divertiamoci!   Bring a covered dish!Grills provided!This is a fundraiser for the Pandola Learning Center in Little Italy - a donation of $5 or more...

The Promotion Center for Little Italy began with an idea in November 2009 and was established by January 2010, celebrating its FIFTH anniversary! With a devoted board of 13 members, this nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization has gained legs and a strong reputation in Baltimore's Italian community as it has promoted Little Italy as a neighborhood, along...

The world has changed, but the world still needs a great meatball. I do not mean a meatball made from Kobe beef and retailing for $14. I certainly do not mean frozen supermarket meatballs. I mean a simple, delicious and comforting meatball that people make at home.   Except that they don't. Americans think meatballs are so easy to make...

One of Little Italy's more popular events, sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a row home across the street.   Folks arrive early to set up lawn chairs, list...

by Suzanna Molino   During World War II (1941–45), the U.S. Army had captured and shipped to the states almost 500,000 Italian, German and Japanese prisoners of war and housed them in 650 camps across the forty-eight states.   Camp Meade (now Fort Meade) in Maryland, located between D.C. and Baltimore, was both a training center and h...

by Aaron Smith   Beretta USA says Maryland's tough new gun laws are the reason it's moving its factory to gun-friendly Tennessee. The American subsidiary of the 500-year-old Italian company has had a factory in Accokeek, Maryland since the 1970s.   The company has manufactured the M9, the U.S. Army's standard-issue sidearm, since...

St. Padre Pio's spiritual life inspired many veterans of the Second World War – and now, his example has helped inspire support for homeless veterans in Maryland."Wherever there is suffering in the healing process, Padre Pio has been known to bring relief," Luciano Lamonarca, president and CEO of the Saint Pio Foundation, told CNA March 30.  ...

The Annapolis Sons of Italy Lodge will host their annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Knights of Columbus, 2590 Solomons Island Road (Route 2 south) in Edgewater. The festival will feature all sorts of Italian food and beverages available for purchase along with live music, dancers, how to ma...

Marra Forni is not messing around when it comes to the authenticity of your pizza. The Maryland-based Italian oven maker has been bringing the traditional style of Italian Neapolitan Pizza to local markets all over the United States, with its hand-crafted ovens that combine old-world technique with new-world technology.   Marra Forni ovens a...

By Ovetta Wiggins   The Italian words "Fatti maschii, parole femine" are displayed on a yellow ribbon on Maryland's state seal. The state has long considered the phrase its motto and has translated it as, "Manly deeds, womanly words." That translation doesn't sit well with state Sen. Bryan W. Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel).   He has...