Tommy Baker, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company, with award-winning dealerships in Charleston, S.C. and Wilmington, N.C., announced today that the company has completed the purchase of Rick Hendrick Alfa Romeo of North Charleston. The franchise will now operate as Alfa Romeo of Charleston and has officially opened its doors as a Baker Motor...

A New York family searching for their shot at the American Dream believes they’ve found it right here in the Upstate. The owners of Greer’s new Mazzitelli Deli, brothers Rob and Anthony Mazzitelli, launched their hometown diner at 224 Trade St. last week. It’s tucked in a little corner of Chelsea’s Ladies Apparel, but you can’t miss it after you en...

My new book, Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy’s Food and Its People, debunks myths about Italian food in the United States. One of those myths is that returning GIs from World War II brought pizza back from Italy to America and that’s how pizza became popular in America. DEBUNKED. Pizza was already here–brought by the Italian immigrants o...

Andrea Cigni’s production of “Pia de’ Tolomei,” a 19th-century opera by Gaetano Donizetti that has its origins in Dante's "Purgatory," comes to the United States after playing limited engagements at three theaters in Italy in late 2017 and early 2018. While the opera in Charleston features a mostly new company of singers, Cigni’s production include...

Charleston’s Christopher Columbus Sons of Italy lodge has regular member meetings, just like any other group. What sets those gatherings apart from the everyday, however, is the section of the evening devoted to a covered-dish buffet. You can only imagine what the talented Italian cooks come up with as each person brings their best to the delight o...

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is expected to interview for the Charlotte Hornets' head coaching vacancy. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that the Spurs granted permission for the Hornets to interview Messina, who is familiar with Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak due to their time together with the Los Angeles Laker...

Taking the morning train from Florence, we disembarked at the station in Orvieto and boarded the funicular transporting visitors from the floor of the Tiber Valley to the heart of the city perched atop an extinct volcanic plateau. The end of the line was the Piazza del Duomo or Cathedral Square. The distinctive façade of the travertine and granite...

Orvieto, Italy painter Livio Valentini made work in Aiken that was "transformative and unique," said Dr. Jeremy Culler, assistant professor of art history at USC Aiken. Culler is among many in the university and local community anticipating celebrating Valentini's work and relationship with Aiken, when the South Carolina Humanities Festival kicks o...

A “Viva Italia” grand opening celebration for the new Peacock Maserati & Alfa Romeo outlet will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Peacock Auto Mall. Area dignitaries have been invited to join Peacock executives for the ribbon cutting and party to officially welcome the area’s first and only signature brand Maserati luxurious car...

South Carolina's public school system has become a national leader in Montessori education, apparently because it embraced such schools early on. The Palmetto State has more public Montessori programs than any state except California, according to a new report from the Riley Institute at Furman University. As of 2016, South Carolina had 7,402 stude...