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Kristian Alfonso was cast as ingenue Hope Williams on Days of Our Lives in 1983. Though she’s left the show at points to pursue other endeavors, she’s always returned to continue her iconic role. Alfonso has also been on television shows such as Falcon Crest, Full House, Melrose Place, Baywatch, and MacGyver over the course of her career. From winn...

For decades, Capri has been a prime destination for the international jet set. If you’re dreaming of a glamorous seaside escape, its larger counterpart Ischia, just across the bay of Naples, is coming into the international spotlight. Now is the perfect time to head to Ischia and discover the magic that Europeans on holiday have been keeping to the...

A four-year-old favorite for French cuisine in West Washington Park is getting new owners and, eventually, a new identity. On Tuesday, the team behind Bistro Georgette, a counter serving French street food inside the Avanti Food & Beverage food hall, announced it is taking over ownership of Cafe Marmotte in West Washington Park. The three-person ow...

The Mercer County Italian American Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th annivarsary at the end of September with their highly anticipated three-day festival to be held once again at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds.    The 2019 Festival will be held on Friday, September 27 from 3:00pm until 11:00pm; Saturday, September 28 from 12 noo...

Screenwriter Ennio Flaiano once stated that “In Italy, the shortest distance between two points is the arabesque,” encapsulating in one sentence his compatriots’s talent for long-windedness, convolution, and elegance. I’ve always thought Flaiano’s witty remark finds a perfect counterpart in the photographic work of Luigi Ghirri, who dedicated his c...

Three partners in a new restaurant here have a lot in common. The men, all natives of Albania, are longtime friends who’ve worked their way up in the dining business. They’ve spent much of the past decade planning their own place and looking for its site. And until recently, they’d never been to Haddonfield. But that’s where their search ended — in...

My summers are a bit different than the average East Coast girl. I was born in Italy, lived there until the age of five and have a father who does not have his green card (despite 25 years of marriage to an American). Due to these circumstances, every June my family and I embark on a long journey to the southern tip of Italy, specifically the islan...

Twenty-odd years ago, in a small café in western Milan, I asked a waiter for the wine list. He simply said, “Non carte di vini, solo rosso e bianco,” and on speaking that last word, he winced and slowly shook his head. As if to say, “Forget the white.” Today, if I asked 1,000 American wine consumers to describe an Italian wine, probably 700 would s...

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) opens the 2019/20 Season with its first production of Ruggero Leoncavallo's indelible and enduringly popular 1892 Italian opera, PAGLIACCI, running September 27 to October 6, 2019 and starring tenor Rafael Rojas (in BLO's Werther and La Traviata, 1998, and Madama Butterfly, 2000) as Canio, and soprano Lauren Michelle making...

Pollino National Park is Italy’s largest national park, covering 1960 square kilometres and bridging the regions of Basilicata and Calabria. It was established in 1992 and includes both natural and archaeological places of interest. The remarkable scenery ranges from snow-capped peaks to ancient forest. The highest peak is Monte Pollino (2248m), wh...

Zeeks Pizza, which now operates 17 stores in the Seattle area, today announced the grand opening of its new Woodinville location. The restaurant serves in the anchor location for Woodinville's new Woodin Creek Village mixed use development. "My mother was a green card-holding Italian, so my food roots run deep," says Zeeks' newest franchisee, Monic...

Pompeii never ceases to amaze. After the disgraceful collapses and neglect of recent years, the archeological site is breathing new life thanks to the ‘Great Pompeii Project,’ an ongoing restoration and excavation work funded by the European Union and Italy, which, since 2012, has allowed the reopening of 38 buildings. Here’s a day itinerary that w...