Lady Gaga has been promoting messages of love and unity for a long time. Now, she's bringing those messages to life. The singer announced Friday that she will fully fund classroom project needs in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy, California, after mass shootings in the cities in the past two weeks. "In this moment, I want to channel my con...

The Brier Hill Italian Festival will open its 28th year by honoring its founder. At the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, the boccie courts at the corner of Calvin and Victoria streets – where the festival takes place – will be dedicated to the late Dominic “Dee Dee” Modarelli, The courts are part of the ITAM Post 12 war veterans club’s memorial t...

Italy’s 20 regions don’t all move to the same beat. Just as visitors will discover culinary differences traveling the country, the folk dances of Italy also change with the geography. The tarantella, probably the most familiar Italian dance, is not common in many regions. “Dances from the north have more of a French, Swiss influence,” said Anna Ha...

The Feast of the Assumption has a big been a part of James Malatesta’s life – for 95 years. Malatesta, who turned 100 on March 30, is the longest running parishioner of Holy Rosary in Little Italy. He joined at age 5 in 1924 when he moved to Cleveland from Syracuse, N.Y. with his mother, Philomena, a native of Naples, Italy. They chose to build a h...

Gazmir Zeneli spent nine years perfecting the Neapolitan “Queen Margherita”-style pizza as the head pizza chef for New York City’s Eataly Italian market and food hall. Now, the Naples native and two of his brothers have brought their cheese and pizza-making prowess to their own new restaurant at the center of the city’s Pizza Row in Wooster Square....

It was love at first bite. In the late 1940s, Richard Underwood got a glimpse of his future while on vacation in Miami, Fla. After watching a movie with his date, she suggested getting a late-night pizza. “Pizza?” the young Underwood asked.  Ten years later and back home in Butler County, Underwood owned a small used car lot on Ohio 4 in Hamilton w...

IF it’s August, it must mean once again that nearly everyone in the Mahoning Valley is Italian – at least for a weekend or two or three. This weekend, the sights, the sounds and the smells – ooh, those savory smells – of the Italian Republic are enveloping Central Square in downtown Youngstown for the 34th Annual Greater Youngstown Italian-American...

After a “successful” first year, the Italian Fest is returning to downtown Middletown. Italian Fest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today in conjunction with First Friday when downtown businesses have expanded hours and typically run specials, said Ami Vitori, managing partner of Gracie’s Restaurant, sponsor of this month’s First Friday. Vitori sai...

The 34th annual Greater Youngstown Italian Fest will take over Central Square this weekend, where it will again create the unique atmosphere of an authentic city street festival. There will be dozens of food vendors, boccie and morra, a beer and wine bar and nonstop Italian entertainment on two stages. And in the middle of it all will be Steve Fazz...

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are often the site of performances of various types, most of which tend to be small and intimate. Not so Opera in the Italian Garden, an annual event that draws thousands of people to this spectacular two-level garden. Concertgoers come early to stake a spot on the grounds and spread out their lavish picnics, or purch...