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Amanda Castellano was selected as Miss 2015 Hillsborough UNICO by the Italian-American service and heritage group. She was selected based on criteria of academics, community service, arts and music, sports and an Italian heritage.   Ms. Castellano, 19, is a sophomore at West Chester (Pa.) University, majoring in communications with an intern...

It's true that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine has been felt. It's also true that the turbulence and the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and in African countries have hurt export figures. But the Italian jewelry market in the first part of the year has largely held thanks to the growth trend in the United States, a very important de...

By Melissa Kravitz   While Brooklyn used to be known for its manufacturing, the industrial side of Brooklyn has been noticeably shrinking through the past decade. Blocks away from the Canarsie L, the last stop on the line, stand the Victoria Fine Foods factory.   Started as a family company in 1929, 86 years later Victoria still...

Italian jeweler Marco Bicego has launched an e-commerce platform for U.S.-based consumers. Beginning this week, a newly designed interface will replace marcobicego.com, allowing shoppers to choose from the designer's full assortment. The Web site will also include a news section in order to keep fans up-to-date with brand initiatives. To mark the...

Congratulations, Uptown Plaza, you win the Lou Malnati's lottery! The much-beloved purveyor of Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza is targeting a May opening, and the restaurant's management has chosen a location at Phoenix's Uptown Plaza, alongside Sam Fox's Flower Child and New York's famed burger joint, Shake Shack.   It's a coup both for...

by Robrt Pela   I paused for a moment outside La Bella Pizzeria last Friday afternoon. Oh, no. I thought. I heard this was a kosher Italian restaurant. Yet nothing among the many signs posted outside this neat-as-a-pin strip mall diner indicated that one could eat here without busting Kashrut.   Then I stepped inside and saw the...

Annually, in occasion of October Italian Heritage Month, FAA-USA (Federazione Associazioni Abruzzesi - USA) awards scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled in the study of Italian. The annual scholarships are made possible through a generous donation by Joe Pace in memory of his mother, Rosaria DiPompo Pace.   This year two...

After seven years in Rochester, N.Y., the owners of this regional old-school Italian and New American restaurant have picked South Florida for its first expansion. "Too many restaurants fail by only focusing on one thing," co-owner and chef Jay Speranza says. "We will provide our guests with an equal balance of delicious, fresh and creative It...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces Lucy Arner has been named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Verismo Opera Orchestra. Verismo Opera, a nonprofit opera company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, selected Ms. Arner after a search was undertaken earlier this fall.   She succeeds Maestro Anthony Morss, who is retirin...

By Mike Billoni   I was a 22-year-old rookie sportswriter at the Buffalo Courier-Express in August of 1977 when at precisely 7 p.m. my idol, legendary columnist Phil Ranallo, walked into the sports department. A Lucky Strike cigarette dangling from his lips, Ranallo presented his column to copy editor Joe Alli.   As I sat at my d...

By Summer Whitford   Italy's famous for incredible food, so learn some things you didn't know about fresh cheese, pasta, tomatoes, and more. Americans are smitten with Italian food. Without pizza, fettuccini Alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs, and a long list of other classic Italian-American favorites, a large percent...

By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld   When a restaurant closed next door to the Upper West Side outpost of theMermaid Inn, the fish shack's owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith took the opportunity to relocate and double their capacity. Their plan for the newly vacated original space, says Smith, is "to bring a Brooklyn sensibility to Manhatt...