Bocce has been a staple in Little Italy for as long as anyone can remember. But it was always a game the old folks played. "I never played as a kid," says Francis Blatterman, who helps run the Tuesday and Wednesday night Little Italy Bocce League at the D'Alesandro Park courts, off Stiles Street.   "Some of the older men, they played."&...

Un'ora e mezza di concerto per celebrare l'Anno della cultura italiana negli Stati Uniti. Oltre dodici minuti di applausi. La gremitissima sala del Music Center at Strathmore di Bethesda ha tributato un'accoglienza entusiasta ai giovani dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala, per la prima volta negli USA grazie alla Fondazione Bracco e in collaborazione...

by Kit Waskom Pollard   About three times a year — and always just before Christmas — Ron Frezzo, his wife, Camille, and their family, including grown daughter Cristina, travel from Silver Spring to Baltimore, where they raid the aisles at Trinacria Italian Deli on North Paca Street before heading to lunch in Little Italy.   "We buy o...

Judge Frank E. Cicone, former chief administrative judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court, who had a second career as a settlement court judge, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.   The Lutherville resident was 95. "Frank was loved and respected by judges all over Maryland. He was a giant...

Monday, February 29. 6.30 pm-9.30 pm EST - Ayşe Meze - 6 N East St, Frederick MD 21701 www.festaitalianafrederick.com What better way to celebrate Leap Year Day than joining us on February 29th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Ayse Meze Lounge for a fabulous Italian night! Enjoy live music, savor delicious Italian food, visit with friends...

By Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey   The tiny storefront on South High Street is back in business—this time as Joe Benny's Focacceria. Owner Joseph Benjamin Gardella, pictured above, is the genial host. Joe, 36, a first-generation Italian American, has long hoped to own a restaurant property.   "I've always loved food," he says, havin...

by Sam Hall Interesting fact –Lorenzo da Ponte , librettist for Don Giovanni, was the first professor of Italian literature at Columbia University in New York City; he was also the first ethnically Jewish member of the faculty, and the first to be a Catholic priest.   Before that, he worked at various points in his life as grocer, among oth...

On the heels of a banner first year in existence, The Society of the Italian American Businessmen, SIAB, hosted their 2nd Annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 17th, to a sold out crowd of 360 people at the Richlin Ballroom. SIAB put on another first class event that began at 7:00pm and went until midnight.   In true Italian style, a 2015 Fiat...

By Timothy B. WheelerAn Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declared US Wind Inc. the provisional winner of a daylong auction for a pair of federal leases...

by Graylin Hughes   When you walk into Vinny's La Roma, chances are that the man himself will greet you. "We're like 'Cheers'," said Vinny Bellia, the owner of Vinny's La Roma. "Everyone knows everyone." Vinny's offers a special vibe that is people are hard pressed to find in today's world.   Bellia will come to every table...