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...

by Richard Gorelick    Venti Tre (3731 Boston St., 410-563-0302, venti-tre.com), opening March 18 at The Shops at Canton Crossing, is a new fast-casual concept from Fazoli's, the nation's largest chain of quick-service Italian restaurants.   Venti Tre (which means 23 in Italian) features a customizable menu with 23 fresh toppings...

by Rachel Taylor With fresh ingredients and fast service, Piaza Fresh is offering customers a new take on thin crust brick-oven pizza. "We are set up like a Chipotle. When you walk in you see tons of fresh ingredients and you can choose one of the signature entrées or build your own," Owner David Crocetti said.   After choosing topping...

The 52nd Annual Villa Rosa Festival is on Sunday, September 11, 11-6 p.m. on the grounds of Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville, Maryland. This annual event has been a tradition for our local Italian Community since its inception. I learned the meaning of being Italian at the Villa Rosa Festival. I have been attending the festival with my fami...

The fifth annual Columbus Weekend Food and Wine Celebration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in tents next to Simpatico in St. Michaels. This event offers Italian wine and foods, along with other activities such as chef's cooking demonstrations and tastings, Columbus sharing travel stories, bocce ball, Italian trivia contest, ar...

Dear ICS community, in 2014, the ILP recognized an overall increase in enrollment of over 60%. We are very happy that more people are able to enjoy our "corner of Italy" in Maryland! Our primary goal is to offer authentic immersion into Italian language, literature, cinema, opera, art, history, cuisine, and our way of life. We also enable you to e...

The Society of Italian American Businessmen received a 1st place trophy for their float from Columbus Celebrations Inc., Chairman Almassa presented the trophy to SIAB. SIAB members rode the float while serenaded by SIAB VP Elio Scaccio of Palumbo Insurance.   SIAB President: Mark Dardozzi Design: Main St. Design. (Owner Bill Walden, Mariann...

Frank A. Cappiello Jr., a retired Baltimore investment adviser who was a regular panelist on Maryland Public Television's "Wall $treet Week" for more than three decades, died Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of cardiovascular disease. He was 90.   "Frank was such a wonderful gentleman. Too bad Wall Street doesn't have people...

NEW BOOK! Publication Date: February 23, 2015 ($19.99; 160 pages)Before outdoor films, mouth watering cuisine and the spectacle of bocce brought thousands of visitors to its streets, Baltimore's Little Italy was a haven for generations of immigrants. With Saint Leo's Church at its heart, The Neighborhood is a place where lifelong friendsh...