Growing up in the Marche region of Italy in the 1970s, young Fabio Trabocchi would follow his father into the garden on Saturday mornings with his sister, filling their baskets with whatever was ready to harvest—sun-warmed eggplant and vibrant tomatoes, fresh herbs and leafy greens. Then their small working-class family would spend hours cooking to...

The secret to 102-year-old Virginia Carpino Bugni’s longevity is pure and simple. Family is what keeps her going. “They have been good company,” she explains. The feeling is mutual. Hard working, caring, stubborn, determined — these are just some of the words her family uses to describe their matriarch. You don’t have to delve much further to know...

The 2021 season of Ferrari Challenge North America is set to begin this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.  A full paddock of over 50 Ferrari 488 Challenge Evos will be joined by participants in the Club Competizioni GT, also making its first stop of the 2021 season, at a circuit that makes its first appearance on a Challenge schedule since...

It takes off-roading through an alley to reach a place that will bring you as close to the other side of the world as you can get in Staunton. Giancarlo Gnali’s pastry has customers crossing state lines to squeeze into the back room of his home and order some pastries. The pastry shop used to be a garage. There are no fancy tables or exquisite furn...

A Fredericksburg coffee shop and bakery keeps paying it forward, topping the record organizers had targeted even as the phenomenon keeps going. As of Monday afternoon, Italian Station downtown said it has had nearly 1,200 customers pay forward the cost of a cup of coffee for each next customer, topping the record of 900, at a Starbucks location. Ow...

Ynot Italian has been serving up savory pizza and Italian eats in the Hampton Roads area for 27 years. With six flourishing locations, CEO Tony DiSilvestro knew it was time to give back to his community when the pandemic started a year ago. "Giving back, to us, is in the three pillars of our brand, so it was natural for us to give to the community...

It has been nearly a year since COVID-19 changed the livelihoods of the Emporia-Greensville community. No businesses were forced to face more obstacles than dining establishments. Many restaurant businesses, including some in Emporia-Greensville, didn’t survive the ramifications of the pandemic. Fo Sho Italian Sports Bar & Grille is one of the fort...

For years I’ve driven past the red, white and green sign that signals Bella Italia, an Italian eatery in a strip mall on South Virginia. I’ve never gone in and I constantly wondered why not. So, when a friend and I were looking for a new-to-us dinner spot, we decided to give the longtime Reno establishment a try. Upon first phone call to make a res...

La Fiamma, the restaurant replacing Paradiso Italian Restaurant, is holding a grand opening Tuesday at 6124 Franconia Road, Alexandria. Paradiso Italian Restaurant was a longtime family-run restaurant that closed in October 2020. The owners announced they were passing the torch to new owners to open the new concept. The new owners are Gonzalo and...

Buying a new cell phone can be a breeze for the tech-savvy but an exhausting chore for the technologically challenged. Switching from a smartphone to a smarter one proved to be quite an ordeal for my stepmom Susan and me. After three hours of confusing technical gibberish, we walked out with a new phone and a serious appetite. While searching for a...