by Catherine Carlock   Quanto Basta, an almost 5,000-square-foot Italian eatery, wine bar and market created by Spring House executive chef Tim Grandinetti, is coming to Winston-Salem's downtown. Fourth-generation restaurateur Tim Grandinetti will be the restaurant's chef and co-owner with business partner Lynn Murphy. Exclamations of...

A metal detector find by an Italian man with an interest in World War II will reunite a Wendell native with the dog tags he lost while serving overseas more than 70 years ago.   Jury Galli searches beach areas near his home in Pisa, about 50 miles west of Florence on the northwest coast of Italy, for artifacts from the war. He has found seve...

by Steve DeVane Staff   Tell us about your place: Adam Valenti's family moved to Moore County from Long Island, New York, in 1987. His father opened a restaurant in Vass but sold it six years later. He saw the need for quality Italian food in the area, so he bought some land about a half mile away and built Valenti's in 1996.   The re...

Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk and Vice Mayor Marinella Franzetti of Verbania, Italy, signed agreements Sept. 23, to become official international sister cities. The signing ceremony took place in City Hall in Verbania, with about 50 people attending.   Representatives from Hendersonville Sister Cities board of directors and official...

If you were hoping for an S&M boutique, you're out of luck. The Boot is a trattoria presumably named for the leggy geography of Italy.   Located amid a cluster of restaurants—Nana's, NanaTaco, The Original Q Shack, Thai Cafe—at the resurgent eastern end of University Drive in Durham, The Boot offers an uneven but generally appealing arra...

Ralph Peter Guzzo, 93, of Wilson, N.C., beloved husband, father and grandfather, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Monday July 25, 2016, after a long life filled with love and happy memories.   Ralph grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., where he excelled as a scholar-athlete in football and baseball. After high school he served in the U.S. Na...

Tired of fried seafood? Head to Joseph's Italian Bistro in Southport and get a little taste of Italy in Southeastern North Carolina. Joseph's, opened in 2003 by Joseph and Debra Borsuk, prides itself on regional Italian cuisine with secret sauces and recipes passed down through the family.   The ambiance is Old World fine dining – Tuscan red...

Jerry Simonetti knows the checkered history of the commercial space at 141 W. Main Ave. in Gastonia. He understands that seven restaurant and/or bar ventures have opened there since 2007, only to close unceremoniously for various reasons. But the successful owner of Simonetti's Pizza in Belmont isn't letting that deter him.   "Yes, it's...

by George De Stefano   Roberto M. Dainotto's The Mafia: A Cultural History offers something unique in the somewhat overcrowded category of books about the Mafia and its pop culture representations: a Sicilian intellectual's historically informed yet personal perspective on the enduring appeal of organized crime stories.   Dainotto is...

An Italian company that makes automotive systems and components plans to expand its Lee County operations, creating 76 jobs in the next three years, officials said Monday. Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA LLC will invest $12 million in the Sanford plant by the end of 2017, officials said.   Part of Magneti Marelli S.p.A., Powertrain desig...