by Nando Amabile   My mother's father, Antonio Scola, left Montecorice, Salerno in 1881, a seventeen year old seeking his fortune as a silk dyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Blessed with an unerring eye for color and a strong work ethic, he early on became the boss dyer at one of Paterson's major silk mills, a position he held for fourteen years...

Little Italy's Neighborhood Lights resident artist, Joe Reisel , seeks current and vintage photos of all things Little Italy to incorporate into a slideshow for Little Italy's art installation for the upcoming event, Light City Baltimore 2016. Help Little Italy tell its story of each decade! If you possess original photos of Little Italy in general...

Mugs' Italian Bistro, a Little Italy staple for seven decades, will reopen under a new chef and owner this summer — and he's bringing back the phone booth. Todd Sheppeard is reopening the space at 300 S. Exeter St. and targeting a July 3 debut, pending city permits and inspections.   The reopening will revive a longtime neighborhood cor...

The 2014 AIAC Annual Dinner Gala is upon us once again! The annual black-tie event has been the premier AIAC Charitable Event for years with upwards of 1100 people in attendance each year, and 2014 stands to be no different. From the upscale VIP DaVinci Gaming Reception, to the spectacular entertainment, to the silent auction, there truly is someth...

When utility crews dug up the intersection of Eastern Avenue and South High Street a couple of years ago, Gia Blatterman stood nearby and tried to picture Little Italy in 50 years. Would the low-slung rowhomes and Italian restaurants have given way to shiny high-rises? Would Italians even live there? Blatterman ran home, scribbled a note and stuff...

In collaboration with the Education Office of the Italian Embassy, the Italian Program hosted a symposium on "Learner Centered Classrooms" to a full house of 43 Italian language teachers from area schools.   Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz (Director, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Dr. Giuseppe Falvo (Director, Undergraduate Studies in...

by Meredith Bethune   Gaitherburg gets a new pizza place with the opening of Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana. Chef and owner Tony Conte, formerly of Jean Georges in New York and the Oval Room, will fire up the wood-burning oven tonight. Although Conte is well-known for his high-end cooking, he got his start making pizza in his hometown of...

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County hosted their 4th annual Festa Italiana event at Rose Hill Manor Park this afternoon. Community members had the chance to experience Italian culture while supporting Habitat for Humanity. The event had authentic Italian style music and more than 20 stands offering food from local Italian restaurants. &n...

Roberto Pomili believes in Habitat for Humanity's mission. That's one reason the renowned Italian artist agreed to perform at the second Festa Italiana Frederick Saturday at Rosehill Manor Park and Children's Museum. Festa Italiana Frederick benefits Habitat for Humanity."I believe that Habitat for Humanity is a great cause that I feel many people...

Saint Leo's traditional Mother's Day Mass, crowning of the Blessed Mother statue and outdoor procession through the neighborhood has been in existence for decades.   After the statue of Mother Mary is crowned during 9:30 am Mass, it is processed through the streets of Little Italy, followed by children making their First Eucharist, clergy, a...