Marion and Andrea Petruzzi came all the way from Italy to create their restaurant, DiVino Ristorante Italiano, in North Augusta. The couple came to North Augusta in part because Marion's father lives there. "In Italy now, it's very difficult to have a business," Andrea said. "So we decided to try here." They decided to open DiVino mainly because of...

Lovers of Italian music, fashion, cuisine and history will gather for the sixth annual Summerville Italian Feast on Sept. 30 in downtown Summerville to celebrate Italian American heritage month. Event Director Jay Lombardo said the feast has grown every year since it began and he anticipates this year to be the most popular. “We started off really...

George Diakomihalis believes fresher pasta will sweeten the lives of Anderson residents. With that in mind, Diakomihalis is part of a family foursome — which includes wife Foula, brother Michael and sister-in-law Vasoula — who plan to bring authentic Italian dishes to Anderson. Their new restaurant, Dolce Vita (the Italian term for "Sweet Life") ha...

When Punt and John Presto decided recently to throw a birthday party for their 200-year-old house on Charlotte Avenue, they knew where to turn for dessert. A neighbor, Jennifer Sandler is a gelatician. She’s trained in the centuries-old art of making Italian-style ice cream. She also owns a gelato bicycle cart — a shiny blue and white rig, with str...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2662 of Myrtle Beach, SC celebrates 26 years of Italian Festivals with “FESTA ITALIANA” on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2018. The 2-day event will be held at The Market Common on Farrow Parkway, Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM. Thousands come each year to enjoy authentic Ital...

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...