From the looks of it, this story represents the American Dream – fulfilled. Three young Italian buddies opened their first ice cream shop, Gelato-go, at 458 Ocean Drive in sunny South Beach on January 18th, 2013. Their Gelato Master learned his Italian gelato-making skills from his father and his family – who have been in the business for over 80 y...

Steve Solomon's three-time award-winning show has been met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the country, becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. During his hit show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy: Updated and Funnier than Ever, we meet the people that we're all too fami...

Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta, recently honored by Performance Today as its inaugural Classical Woman of the Year for her lasting impact on classical music, is among the guest conductors helming the Sarasota Orchestra’s Masterworks series this season. Falletta will join the orchestra Dec. 6-8 at the Van Wezel for three “Roman Festiv...

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, visitors to Sarasota’s St. Armands Circle were treated to a visual smorgasbord of Italian exotics at the annual ‘Ferraris on the Circle’ event. This year’s event attracted over 70 cars and included several special cars including two Ferrari 488 Pistas—the most powerful V8 in the history of Ferrari—and a La Ferrari, th...

The more knowledge we gain about how the things we put IN our bodies make a major difference to our health, consumers are (and should be) becoming more aware of how the products we put ON our skin affects us as well! Ensuring that your beauty and skin-care products are made thoughtfully and ethically is an important priority - not only by financial...

A local coal-fired pizza restaurant plans to open its third location in the Marketplace at the West Villages in South Sarasota County. Bocca Lupo Coal Fired Pizza, which has existing locations in Port Charlotte and at 4301 Aidan Lane in North Port, plans to open a 4,500-square-foot restaurant in the Publix-anchored Marketplace development, which is...

From the time she was 7 years old, Judi Stanley knew she wanted to open a restaurant. While living in San Francisco, a relative had taken her to see the original film, “Moulin Rouge.” “I came home and I said, “Daddy, I’m going to open a restaurant one day,” Judi Stanley said of her father, Michael Klein. “He said, ‘No daughter of mine will ever be...

I would not be surprised if one day soon Michelangelo’s David statue, a symbol for Sarasota, is replaced by a sculpture of a giant meatball resplendent on a mound of melting mozzarella. That’s how strong the Italian restaurant trend is locally. One out of two eateries that opens is Italian, and, frankly, there’s not much difference in the preparati...

Some would argue meatballs only belong on a swirl of steaming pasta  or wedged inside twelve inches of a hoagie roll, while others with a more laissez-faire approach to life would argue that when food rules are broken, magical accidents can happen. But neither party in this hypothetical argument would refuse a second serving of Pazzo Southside’s me...

Sarasota Film Festival president Mark Famiglio remembers going to the movie theater as a child. It was a cool respite from the noon-day sun where he and his friends could pay a dime, get some popcorn or ice cream and enjoy themselves. They might see a Fred MacMurray movie or a musical. Later, he was drawn to director Francis Ford Coppola, partly be...