Robert DeLeo was working in southern Florida when an opportunity came up. At the time, he had no idea how a move to Charleston would change the trajectory of his life and career. He met his wife, Breana, shortly after settling in the Holy City to lead the dining concepts at The Restoration Charleston on Wentworth Street. Nine years later, the husba...

Chefs who've worked at Terra, Enzo's and Bar Gran Sasso have teamed up to establish Alimentari Don Luigi, a new Italian wine and grocery store that's slated to open on June 20 at 11 a.m. Located in Suite C of 612 Whaley Street, Columbia (SC), Don Luigi's wooden-accented, chocolate-brown walls display over 120 unique bottles of wine — at least one,...

What is “fugazzi”? According to Charleston-based chef Micheal Toscano (and Matthew McConaughey’s character in Wolf of Wall Street), it means “phony” or “fake.” Toscano, who also owns Le Farfalle (15 Beaufain Street) and Da Toscano Porchetta Shop (109 President Street), recently opened Da Toscano Fugazzi at Revelry Brewing Co. (10 Conroy Street). “I...

April 17, 2024, marks the 500th anniversary of the first entry of someone from the Old World into New York Bay. It was, of course, an explorer from the lands now called Italy: Giovanni da Verrazzano. We the Italians could not miss this very important date with history. We talk about it with admiration, pride and gratitude, hosting a great researche...

Lee's Farmers Market looks like a little house tucked away off of Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet, SC, near Myrtle Beach. The Italian market is owned by Scott Lee and Ed “Skeeter” Dombrowski, who ironically are not Italian but are from the northeast. It opened in 1999 as a produce stand, because that was Skeeter's background. Then he brought in the ch...

Look for a new Italian restaurant to open soon at the Lancaster Golf Club. Philadelphia-area native Alfonso Contrisciani wants to open Alfonso's Italian Grille and Event Center in early March in the clubhouse of the property. He also owns an Italian kitchen and bakery Nelsonville and that business will provide the baked good for here. The menu will...

It started with the need for storage, but also a want for more products. That’s how Bergamo West began, but the new Italian market and deli has grown into something even more than owners Kathy and Gian Pietro Ferro imagined. The two, who also own Ristorante Bergamo in downtown Greenville, will open Bergamo West at 1278 Pendleton St. in the heart of...

Thanks to A. for sending the good news (and photos) that Il Supremo soft opened over the weekend in the old Don Jamie’s space. Their website says: “At Il Supremo Restaurant we are very exited to provide a blend of exceptional Italian dishes and our house made pasta to our neighbors and friends. Everyone is welcome to dine with us at 3209 Mount Plea...

The 17th edition of the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is set for Nov. 2-5 at the Queen Street Playhouse. Prepare for an unforgettable journey through the best of contemporary Italian cinema. This year’s poster pays homage to the great Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who died earlier this year. Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) pr...

This fall, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ temporary galleries will feature more than 30 exquisite paintings on loan from the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. On view from October 13, 2023, through January 7, 2024, European Splendors: Old Master Paintings from the Kress Collection contains works from Columbia’s Kress Collecti...