During the 1960s, movies from Italy, created by such visionary auteurs as Fellini, Pasolini and Antonioni, were staples of the art-house cinemas that popped up like cinecybin mushrooms in hip urban centers, university towns and even such minor metropolises as Memphis.  Grindhouses, drive-ins and mainstream commercial theaters also imported their sh...

L’Ambasciatore d’Italia negli Stati Uniti, Armando Varricchio, ha terminato con una visita allo stabilimento della Beretta inaugurato a Gallatin nel 2016, il suo viaggio in Tennessee. L’appuntamento con i vertici dell’azienda italiana corona una visita tesa a rimarcare i forti legami economici che uniscono l’Italia allo Stato del sud-est, ma anche,...

Tennessee and its people have left a mark in politics, in business and, especially, in the arts. While visiting Memphis and Nashville this week, I could not help but wonder what the music scene around the world would be like today had it not been for icons such as the Grand Ole Opry or Sun Studios. There's another way that Tennessee’s legacy has sp...

Judd Grisanti will open an East Memphis location of Ronnie Grisanti's Italian Restaurant within the next couple of months, taking over the spot at Regalia where Heritage Tavern and Kitchen closed Wednesday. "We're going to keep the one in Collierville too," Grisanti said. "I still have a lease there."  The spot at 6150 Poplar was for years Mikasa J...

All restaurants have a story, but the one behind Amerigo is better than average, not just the history of a place but a testament to a man, a vision, the vagaries of fate. Ben Brock was a kid when he went to work at Amerigo in Ridgeland, Mississippi. A college student who started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to wait tables and tend bar, he'...

Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar is moving. The restaurant, which opened in 2014, at 948 Cooper, will move to the site of the old Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar at Poplar and Perkins, said chef/owner Josh Steiner. Steiner is excited about the move. "We're moving to a bigger and better spot."He plans to give “a nice facelift” to the old Jim’s restaurant...

Luxottica Retail North America has advised Tennessee officials it will permanently lay off 208 employees at a Hickory Hill facility Dec. 31. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development alerted Memphis-area officials Thursday that Luxottica filed a notice that a layoff would occur at 5780 E. Shelby Drive. Luxottica designs, makes and distribut...

What a nice stretch of festivals we’ve had, from Greek Fest to Memphis in May Barbecue and now to another favorite, Memphis Italian Festival. Italian Fest, as everyone calls it, is back at Marquette Park for its 28th party Thursday through Saturday. It always strikes a good balance of family fun and grown-up good times, mixed in with good food and...

Less than two months after the end of the Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival and some six weeks after the Memphis Jewish Community Center's Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival comes another annual movie event with an international perspective, the Italian Film Festival USA at the University of Memphis. Like its p...

Andrew Ticer met Michael Hudman on the basketball court in the sixth grade. Back then, when they played for rival Catholic schools in Memphis, no one could have predicted they would become the city’s restaurant royalty, winning national recognition for their restaurant Hog & Hominy. Mr. Hudman has always been bigger, louder and gregarious. Mr. Tice...