Vivo Trattoria and Wine Bar, a new Italian restaurant in the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, will open to the public Friday night. The 113-seat restaurant is New York-based George Martin Group's second in Maryland; the group also owns Grillfire in the same hotel. George Korten, the George Martin Group's founder and owner, said he chose the concept...

When Our Lady of the Angels Chapel was built and dedicated in the early 20th century, it was surrounded by the rolling hills and open countryside of a farm that served as a retreat for the members of the Catholic order of the Sulpician Fathers.   For years, the chapel was the centerpiece of St. Charles College, a Catholic Seminary that opera...

The spices division of Florence-based company Drogheria & Alimentari, owned since 1987 by Francesco Carapelli (the former owner of the oil brand bearing his name) and two investment funds (Sici Sgr at 24% and Hat at 16%), was purchased by American giant McCormick.   The division’s turnover stands at €50 million.   Read more  ...

Carluccio’s—a chain of Italian restaurants and markets bearing the name of its famous British founder, which are located in the United Kingdom and Middle East—will open a new location at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda.   The Washington Business Journal reported the location will be the chain’s second in the U.S. and among more than 80 loc...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce today a $500,000 grant from the late Ernest L. Pellegri, one of the Foundation's donors, to the University of Maryland's Department of Classics.   Their project entitled, "Between Washington and Ancient Rome: The NIAF Pellegri Program on Roman Antiquity and Its Legacy in...

Reisterstown's very own Ristorante Firenze is among five establishments in the running for favorite new restaurant in Maryland for 2016. The public is encouraged to weigh in to shape the Restaurant Association of Maryland's annual rankings, and online voting is open until March 30. Vote here.   Brothers Larry and Brian Leonardi, who own...

Deacon Kevin Bagley has accepted a position with a publishing company in Washington State and left Maryland on July 1.   He has served at Saint Leo's since March 2009 and has been active with Sacramental Preparation, Young Adult Ministry, working with individuals in Spiritual Direction, and other activities around the parish.  

by Erik Anderson   The fourth annual Festa Italiana sponsored by Habitat for Humanity will offer Frederick an exceedingly rare cultural experience in America: a true taste of Italy. "My goal is really to try to promote what is a more authentic aspect of Italy," said festival chairwoman Maria Giovanna Galasso, who came to Frederick from...

by Maria Cristina Pasquali   Ha lasciato l'Italia nel 1999. Ha ottenuta una laurea (Bachelor of Arts) nel 2003 al Lake Erie College (Painesville, Ohio) ed un primo Master alla Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio), sì, proprio la città di cui parla la canzone di Springsteen, la "steel town", la città del ferro.   Tornata in I...

On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America's love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty. Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned compa...