When Elena Mullano first landed on United States soil, she was not stepping into a different country, but jumping into one of the many American films she had seen as she grew up. The 17-year-old Italian hailing from Sardinia, a large island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, said it was an almost immediate reaction when she stepped off the plane....

With mere months remaining before its attempt to produce the biggest meatball the world has ever seen, the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island is in the thick of preparations: It’s recruited a chef to perfect seasoning proportions, and started work on an oven large enough to hold the meatball pot. The only thing the club hasn’t done is aler...

Between the 1880s and 1910s, thousands of Italian immigrants streamed into places like Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Cleveland seeking the American Dream. Now many of their great-grandkids are moving south to Charlotte, a new epicenter of opportunity. That means authentic Italian food is finally a thing in the land of the meat-and-three. You can taste a...

New student housing projects are popping up all over Clemson University these days, but one real estate firm is looking to combine that need with a restaurant expected to serve the city of Clemson, the university as well as all those visitors coming to see the national champion Clemson Tigers this fall. Stonemont Financial Group, a real estate inve...

Come to the annual Italian Festival for the food, but stay for the entertainment. Don’t let the “Italian Idol” name fool you, however — you don’t have to be Italian to win, assured competition Chairperson Roberta Whitaker. For the past 10 years, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church has been hosting the annual talent show. Whitaker wanted a way to showca...

In a recent letter to the editor related to the controversy surrounding flags flown at Greenwood High School, one writer stated, “Only the American flag should be allowed to fly (in the U.S.). No other.” I disagree and, in fact I proudly fly the flag of Italy on Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. It is not meant to slight the American flag or...

A mechanical engineer turned celebrity chef is connecting the Southeast – including Aiken – to Italian cuisine through a unique partnership among local friends. Riccardo Manieri has been commissioned for the fourth year to prepare a menu he created especially for the annual Partners in Friendship dinner Saturday, Feb. 18. Manieri hails from Orvieto...

There are a dozen different sandwiches on Joey Tomatoes’ menu, but it makes no difference which one you order. You’re there for the bread. Not that there’s anything wrong with what’s between the slices, as the crowds at the proudly Italian deli can attest. Ever since Joe Spiotta and George Sarkis rebranded their shotgun luncheonette on Chuck Dawley...

by Mindy Lucas Rick Storzieri, of Bluffton, still remembers his grandfather who lived with him and his family when Storzieri was just a boy growing up in New York City. "My grandfather used to make these every Thursday," he said, as he stood sampling the Zeppole at the Italian Heritage Festival held Saturday on Hilton Head Island.   Or...

The South East of the United States is an interesting area, where the state of Florida – the biggest and the most advanced in terms of economy and trade – is surely one of the most representative. Among its cities, Miami is undoubtedly the main one, because of a prosperous rate of tourism, finance, art, and, more generally, culture. In this pictur...