The Italian Embassy in Washington DC hosted the final event of the two-year twinning project between the Italian Parentucelli-Arzela' Institute of Sarzana (Liguria) and Annapolis High School of Anne Arundel County in Maryland, which involved more than 300 Italian and American students. Participating (remotely) were Avv. Cristina Ponzanelli, Mayor o...

Joe Benny’s, a Little Italy restaurant known for its distinctive Sicilian-style focaccia pizza, hearty sandwiches and jumbo meatballs, will close this spring after nine years in business. Owner Joseph “Joe Benny” Gardella shared the news in an emotional video posted to Instagram Thursday.   “I’m forcing myself to keep going because I love this, I l...

Word-of-mouth is working for Joe Benny’s Focacceria. On the day I visited, it was responsible for one Floridian stopping in for the first time on her sister and brother-in-law’s recommendation; a pair of O’s fans made their second trip after walking by one night and noticing a line wrapped around the corner; and Joe Benny’s customers formed a stron...

The 11th annual St. Joseph’s Day Italian Festival on March 18, presented by the Sons and Daughters of Italy Ocean City Lodge #2474 and St. Luke’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, was an enormous success and our best attended to date. It was a fun day for all who attended and a profitable fundraiser. We have many individuals, merchants and organization...

Iconic Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced new US tour dates for November and December 2023. The run includes ten show dates in major cities across the nation, including San Antonio, Dallas, Louisville, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Baltimore, with two nights in Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Live, and a return to the iconic Madison Square Gar...

Historically, coastal cities in the United States have been a haven for immigrants around the world. During waves of massive immigration, many Italians left their homes and sojourned across the Atlantic to New York City. While the northeast of the US is well known for its large immigration population, many Italian immigrants traveled further south...

I am always fascinated by young - in the meaning we give it in Italy, that is, under 40, more or less - Italian scientists or innovators, often men and even more often women, of whom the United States recognizes talent, passion and vision, rewarding them with well-deserved prestigious roles. I consider them to be one of the best parts of my country...

Måneskin have added 2023 tour dates in conjunction with their new album, RUSH! The newly planned concerts are set at large-scale venues in Europe and North America from September into December. Måneskin is currently on tour in Europe and will tour their home country of Italy in July. The band will be performing across seven countries in the America...

Restored masterpieces of world cinema were brought to life last week at the University of Maryland’s third edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival. The festival, hosted at this university by the languages, literatures and cultures school and the cinema and media studies program, features films that have been restored by the Cineteca di Bol...

Is it a crime to go to a red sauce Italian joint and fall in love with a salad? If it is, book me, because I can’t get enough of one offered at Caruso’s Grocery, which opened in the Pike & Rose development in December. When my tricolore salad arrives at the table, I stop for a few seconds to take in the prettiness of the assemblage of bright red ra...