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...

by Stephanie Barna   Jacques Larson used to be a downtown chef, making his name at places like Union Hall, Cintra, and — most famously — Mercato, where restaurateur Hank Holliday set him up in a big way when Larson returned from New York and Italy and tried to dazzle us with his rustic Italian fare in 2006.   Unfortunately, he was rei...

In our discovery of new points of view from which to analyze the relationship between Italy and the US, today we want to talk about Sister Cities programs. There is an American institution, called "Sister Cities International", which takes care of these aspect of how the US partner up with other countries. So we are happy today to have as our gues...

From comic book art to Shakespeare and Japanese opera, the new season of the Spoleto Festival USA will be the largest ever, offering 160 performances during the 17 days the festival lights up stages across this seaside city.   The internationally known arts festival, founded by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti, will open its 37th season Frida...

By Susanne M. Schafer   Russian composer P.I. Tchaikovsky's sumptuous opera "Eugene Onegin," a concert by jazz master Dee Dee Bridgewater and performance by flamenco dance star Maria Pages are just a few of the many highlights promised in this spring's 2017 Spoleto Festival USA.   The internationally renowned Charleston, South Carolin...

Mangia! It's time for the third annual Italian Feast, quickly becoming a popular Summerville event. Last year's festival attracted approximately 5,000 people, according to event director and president of the Italian Feast board Jay Lombardo, and this year he's expecting about 7,000.   Italian Feast kicked off in the spring of 2013. For...

by Billy Shaner   A former Milford resident now living in South Carolina appreciates his Italian-American heritage so much he wanted it officially recognized. With the help of legislators, Fred Nesta, who moved from Milford to Myrtle Beach six years ago, saw his efforts come fruition when a law was passed this year declaring October I...