by Marissa Hermanson Chef Mike Isabella's name isn't foreign to foodies. The D.C.-based chef and cookbook author has starred on a little TV show on Bravo called "Top Chef." And now, his food is right here in Richmond.   Isabella's Italian-inspired restaurant, the first of which opened in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood in 2011, serves u...

Historic Richmondtown was painted red, white and green for the first annual Rome Through Richmondtown festival on Staten Island.   The festival was presented by Borough President James Oddo and served as the replacement for the annual Columbus Parade, which had seen an attendance drop in recent years. Oddo went the way of a festival to exten...

by Scott Wise   The statue of Christopher Columbus erected where Boulevard hits Byrd Park in Richmond was vandalized on Columbus Day. A message left with the Richmond Department of Public Works about the Columbus statue vandalism has not yet been returned. Monday was Columbus Day and the words "lies" and "genocide" painted on the Columb...

The temperature was in the mid-40s and the chill breeze made it feel colder even with the sunshine, but at Ralph's Italian Ices, patrons were lined up for their first taste of the season.   It just goes to show you, it does not take a hot summer day for Staten Islanders thoughts to turn to pina colada, rainbow and mango ices. It just ta...

The Italian Street Festival is coming to Richmond again this year – September 27-28, 2014. 17th Street Farmer's Market is magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year's 10th Annual Italian Festival.   Get ready for the sights, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside – and a chance to experience what Italian's c...

Amid a flurry of anti-immigration rhetoric coming from certain GOP presidential candidates, a new interactive map reminds us just how much of our country's foundation was built on the backs of foreign-born citizens. Foreign-Born Population: A Nation of Overlapping Diasporas visualizes America's history of immigration from the 1850s to 2010. &...

What's the status of "Rome Through Richmond Town," the outdoor event taking the place of New Dorp's annual Columbus Day parade? The free festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, celebrates Italian-American culture at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Borough President James S. Oddo's office announced Tuesday the upcoming performances...

In 1996, the Fierro family of Richmond and the Italian American Cultural Association of Virginia established a scholarship for a Virginia Commonwealth University student of Italian descent. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students on the Monroe Park Campus of VCU, of Italian descent, have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the...