When Bella Monica owners Corbett and Julie Monica decided to open a second restaurant in Cary, they might well have given it the same name as their first one. Bella Monica is something of a local landmark, after all, and the menu at the new restaurant bears more than a passing resemblance to the one that has been winning fans for the original in Ol...

What started in a small space in lower New York City just four years ago has quickly grown into a multi-restaurant franchise operation with locations across the U.S. Three more Virgola Oysters & Italian Wine Bar spots are in the works. And on that list is Patchogue Village. “I’m proud of how the concept travels so well,” said Virgola founder Joseph...

Larry Vellani was named the Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina in 2017 by the Triangle Sons and Daughters of Italy in America at ceremonies in Raleigh. Vellani is the CEO of Smart Start of Forsyth County Inc. In addition, he was recognized for his contributions to the study and performance of Italian and Italian-American folk and contem...

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, San Francisco’s Museo Italo Americano hosted a fundraising event organized by Isabella Weiss di Valbranca and Valentina Consolo, co-chairs of the Giovani section of the Leonardo Da Vinci Society of San Francisco.  The fires that devastated the wine areas of Sonoma and Napa, and are still burning causing death and dest...

If you ask Pizzantica owner and manager Tony Mari what is unique about his restaurant, located at 780 Leonard Ave., Albemarle, he is quick to let you know that the faire served there is authentic Italian. “Our family is true Italian, right off the boat,” said Mari. “I’m second generation, and came to the USA about 20 years ago. My two partners at P...

Join AmiciMusic for another thrilling evening of great songs, food, and drink at the historic Orchard Inn in Saluda to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot. This show, called: “Appassionata: The Romance of Italian Opera,” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19, starting with delicious Italian hors d’oeuvres and full cash bar at 4 p.m. with music beginning...

Five hundred years ago this week, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg, Germany’s Castle Church, ushering in a revolt against the Roman Catholic Church. The ensuing theological demolition also involved its artwork, much of which was defaced or burned in now-Protestant areas of Europe. On the turf it managed t...

Here’s another tour that takes its fundamentals from the Frizzi 2 Fulci Project, conceived many years ago in the mind of the Maestro and finally brought to the stage, both Italian and international, in 2013. That year marked the incredible beginning of a series of events held in great venues all over the world. Now, the time has come for a new evol...

After a soft opening last week, Il Forno Pizzeria is roaring along at The Pointe at Barclay. Chef Roberta Campani said the oven heats up to nearly 900’F and can fit about ten pizzas at once. The new restaurant follows in the Italian style of owner Ash Aziz’s two Osteria Cicchetti locations; but while the OC does offer Neapolitan-style pizza, at Il...

The Department of Romance Studies is hosting a film screening series called “Fear Friday with Dario Argento” every Friday until Oct. 30 in the Media Resources Center of the Undergraduate Library. Each screening will feature a movie by Italian horror director Dario Argento, with the last screening featuring John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” Assistant Ar...