The Italian navy’s first female strike fighter pilot received her Wings of Gold after completing undergraduate flight training with the “Tigers” of Training Squadron (VT) 9 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, March 11. Italian navy Ensign Erika Raballo was designated a naval aviator during a small winging ceremony at the base chapel w...

When I compile a “best of” list of different cuisines, it’s inevitable that a few of my favorites get omitted in the interest of brevity. However, that’s sometimes a blessing in disguise. Those places get their own feature complete with detailed information about the menu and detailed reasons for its place on my “best of” list. Bravo! Italian Resta...

Unbelievably, an area known for seafood and steaks contains a surprising number of restaurants serving above-average Italian fare. In this case, I’m referring to authentic, creative pasta dishes, not just pizza, found in south Mississippi. I believe pasta sometimes gets overlooked in our state’s southern region. So, I’m sharing a few of my favorite...

Watching the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City on television last week conjured up delightful memories. Last Christmas, I was standing near this magnificent structure, gazing with awe at its thousands of lights and brilliant star. Since then, intermingled with the mental picture of the brightly lit tree has been the...

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! It's a pleasure and a relief to write the December editorial, the last one, of this horrendous unforgettable year. As our cover explains well, we can kick and chase away this 2020, and welcome a 2021 that will still be very difficult, but at least born under the good auspices of the vaccine. We are happy to end this...

Alex Grisanti is slated to open a new restaurant, Elfo Grisanti’s Northern Italian Cuisine, during the second week of September in Southaven. It’s a first for the Grisanti restaurants, says Grisanti, the chef/owner of the new restaurant. “The first time we’ve been in Mississippi.” The restaurant at 5627 Getwell Road was named after his grandfather...

This interview with Charles Marsala, who is bringing great news to the world of the Italian American community in New Orleans and throughout the South East, was done right before the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Italy, and then a couple of weeks before it also arrived in the United States. It is therefore a picture of the world before the coro...

A new Italian restaurant is expected to open in Meridian by the end of the month.  Amore Italian Ristorante will be located on 24th Avenue in the space formerly occupied by the restaurant DT Grinders. The family-owned restaurant will be open six days a week for lunch and dinner, said owner and chef Nick Plava. “It will be everything from subs, past...

“Wanna go to the Italian place?” An invitation with those words in it is one I rarely, if ever, turn down. Heading into the parking lot of Angelo’s, located just off I-55 North near Gluckstadt, I was surprised to see the words “barbecue and pizza” along with Italian. Although I had my mind set on my favorite cuisine, I was glad to see others could...

GCIACS President Joseph Ventura organized a wonderful tour on a beautiful day for twenty members of the GCIAS. The ships are in Biloxi for a few weeks as they tour the Western Hemisphere. Prior to the tour, Dee Zee – a former history teacher and the ships’ historian, spent fifteen minutes giving a detailed talk on the history of Christopher Columbu...