"Italian food is Italian because it's all based on our mamas. Their whole lives were dedicated to feeding their families. That was their heart and soul," says Valencia Gionti Davis, president of the Ladies Italian-American Civic League.   As the 25th Memphis Italian Festival arrives this week, there is no better reminder of Italian heritage...

"Cucina povera" and "alta cucina" may be apples and oranges (or rather mele e arance), but we Americans adore them just the same—indeed more than any other foreign cuisine, according to recent reports.   These 20 best Italian restaurants in America—which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami in the south right up to San Francisco's best...

Memphis City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that authorizes the Memphis chapter of UNICO – the Italian-American fraternal organization – to move the statue of Christopher Columbus from a Downtown park to Marquette Park in East Memphis. UNICO commissioned the Columbus statue, which was placed in 1987 in the new Columbus Park on the so...

Movies are a wonderful way to tell stories, and in the US many millions of people – either of Italian heritage or not – love to be told stories about and from Italy. That is why cinema is one of the most important tool of the promotion of our culture in America. Every year, hundreds of events involve the showing of an Italian movie somewhere in th...

Please make plans to attend the 9th Annual Memphis Bocce Tournament on Jan 11th through Jan 12th 2014. The attachments are the Entry Forms in Word and PDF format for your convenience. Please send Entry form and Check to: Memphis Bocce Club - 4217 East Holmes Road - Memphis, TN 38118   We will keep with the same 'Pool' format. Each...

Less than two months after the end of the Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival and some five 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.  ...

April 3, 4 pm/7 pm in CDT. Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen - 712 W Brookhaven Cir, Memphis 38117. Celebrate family with all your friends. Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is hosting an event sponsored by Rena Chiozza, Bill Lucchesi and the UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation where the proceeds go to the Columbus Statue Relocation Project.&...

by Jennifer Biggs   Lifelong Memphians remember a few choices for Italian food: You had Grisanti's, Coletta's or Pete & Sam's, and chances are one of them was your go-to place. There were various other Grisanti's and a handful of small spaghetti places, but these were the main ones.   Except that for almost 30 years, Brooklyn Brid...

Come Thursday, East Memphis will host its own version of Smoke on the River. Call it Pasta in the Park, Gravy in the Grove or, officially, Memphis Italian Festival. As they've done since 1989, folks will gather to show off their heritage through their food, and some fun will be had along the way.   They'll compete in homemade wine. They...

Any donation amount is appreciated and will help. We are making great progress. Only $6,300 to go. Now is the time to ensure that your name is on the monument. What an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for your family. The UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation (UMCF) (an IRS recognized 501c3) is now accepting tax deductible donations to relocate the...