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By Julia Gorman The St. Ann Club is set to host its annual festival this weekend in celebration of the feast of St. Ann with live entertainment, carnival rides, raffles and fresh Italian food. "The St. Ann Club is an Italian social club that helped immigrants when they came to the U.S. with housing, jobs, whatever they needed," said Pat Cutro...

by Courtney Schiessl   Who doesn't dream of taking an Italian getaway in the summertime? Days strolling through the piazza, evenings spent with a glass al fresco, and sunsets over the vineyards – it's enough to start Googling "last minute flights to Florence." But those who can't live out their Under the Tuscan Sun fantasies can still have a...

By Rita Cipalla   In 1881, a stash of silver dollars, 936 of them to be exact, bought 320 acres of land overlooking the Spokane River in eastern Washington. At the time of the sale, the property was described as "the old piece of gravel near the falls." Six years later, Gonzaga College opened its doors to a small group of boys and a sli...

The Scotch Plains Italian-American Club won some rewards after being honored as the 2016 Organization of the Year at this year's Mayor's Gala.   At the monthly meeting of the club, Ralph Checchio, chairman of the Scotch Plains/ Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee, presented a check to Joe Bruno in the amount of $750 for taking 1st place in...

Looking for a way to relax, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and dine on delicious Italian food? Oh, and did we mention the cool Italian cars? The Italian Cultural Foundation is hosting its annual Festa D'Italia at Casa Belvedere in Grymes Hill. The event, which started on Saturday and continues on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will featu...

Our Lady of Loreto has been waiting for the wrecking ball. But for the moment, at least, she can breathe a little easier. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn's application for a permit to demolish the century-old church in the Ocean Hill section of Brownsville has been closed.   A staffer in the city Buildings Department's Brook...

Dalla Brianza all'America per capire come si formano i pianeti e le stelle. E' la storia dell' astronomo Andrea Isella, originario di Sovico, oggi assistente professore alla Rice University a Huston, in Texas.   Qui guida un gruppo di ricerca impegnato a studiare come nascono e si formano i corpi celesti, servendosi di osservazioni nelle fre...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for its Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program. Now in its 18th year, this all-expenses-paid cultural and educational initiative sends 20 Italian American college and university students to Italy each year, to strengthen the...

By Merrill Shindler If you've followed chef Robert Bell over the years — and who in the South Bay hasn't? — you know him as a visionary chef who moved the beach cities from the land of surf 'n' turf and the chili size to a culinary destination with a string of iconic restaurants. The most iconic of which is Chez Melange.   The Chez abides,...

By Cheryl Truman   Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, in Fayette Mall next to the Cheesecake Factory, has closed. The restaurant closed over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to its Facebook page. Travinia opened in 2015 and featured an outdoor patio on the front and side of the restaurant, about 200 seats and a menu highlighted...

Piero Lissoni, the Italian architect of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, unveiled the project's first model villa on Wednesday, dubbed "Villa Lissoni." The 3,800-square-foot house at 4701 North Meridian Avenue is one of 15 standalone villas planned for the development now under construction in Mid-Beach. Each villa is priced from $4 milli...

By Cameron Luttrell A new restaurant featuring unique Italian street food opened last week on MacDougal street. The joint Mr. Panzerotto specializes in the Italian classic panzerotto, which translates to "belly dough" in Italian.   Panzerotto is a half-moon shaped, fried turnover typically filled with tomato sauce and mozzarella and ham and...