By Becky Krystal It has been a few weeks of good news for fans of Italian food: The second location of Arlington's Italian Store opened in Westover last week; the market portion of chef Amy Brandwein's Centrolina opens today in CityCenter; and Carluccio's Italian market, cafe and restaurant will open June 3 in Old Town Alexandria.   The bra...

By Marc Fisher Gonzaga, the Jesuit high school in a scruffy part of Washington's inner city, is where Ken Cuccinelli II says he became the man he is. The Republican candidate for governor of Virginia emerged in part in John Hoffman's social justice class in 1986, when the teacher pressed the boys to look beyond the facts of poverty and inequality...

A Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen will open in August in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre food court. The new restaurant will serve crispy Neapolitan, thick Sicilian and stuffed-style pizza, as well as homemade pasta, authentic Italian entrées, salads and specialty items.   Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen is one of five fast-casual restaurant bran...

"La Traviata" is one of the world's most performed opera for a reason: With its memorable melodies and its heartbreaking love story, it will make you cry. Virginia Opera will stage a new spin on Giuseppe Verdi's tragic love story about a beautiful courtesan who falls in love and dies of tuberculosis. Performed in Italian with English subtit...

A new gelato shop is likely coming soon to 107 N. Fairfax St. in Old Town Alexandria, according to papers filed with the City Planning Commission. This will be the first Virginia location for Dolci Gelati, which already has shops in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood and in Takoma Park, Md. In addition to its two locations, the company also has a food t...

Ana Gomez, the woman working the pasta extruder at Dal Grano in McLean, has a relaxed air about her as the machine squeezes out ­pale-yellow ropes of bucatini.   She glides a flat tool across the extruder's bronze die to free the ­hollowed-out strands, so she can build a small nest with them on a baking sheet. By the time Gomez sprinkles sem...

Girasole is the friend you haven't seen in forever but know you can count on even after a long absence (six years, in my case). The same things I appreciated about the two-story, family-run hunt country retreat back then are the details I applaud now: pastas made in-house, neighborly service and a main dining room that pulls the outdoors in with th...

Following the Philadelphia visit of RAI Italia CEO, Piero A. Corsini, last 18th of November (see here), we are conducting a survey to ascertain the quality, distribution, reception and enjoyment of RAI Italia TV, radio and multimedia programs.   If you live in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia (Pennsylva...

When Ovvio Osteria opens Aug. 6, it will be the latest restaurant to bow this year in Halstead Square at Dunn Loring Metro. The Halstead, which is a mixed-use development that includes three separate apartment concepts, has seen a lot of retail activity in recent months. Blackfinn Ameripub, an American restaurant and bar, Jimmy John's sub shop and...

by Mike Holtzclaw   As manuele De Reggi stared intently at City Center's Fountain Plaza on Thursday afternoon, he saw things that weren't there. It's one of his talents, he acknowledged.   De Reggi, an Italian sculptor, was paying a visit to the future site of one of his next projects, which will depict an elaborate series of boats th...