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John Crispino took a year to renovate the building that now houses his restaurant. After months of renovation and preparation, Crispino’s Pizza has opened at 5031 Market St. The New York-Italian eatery, owned by John Crispino, is dishing out oven-baked pizzas, stromboli, calzones, subs and pasta dishes. Crispino owned a Crispino’s Pizza in Morehead...

Italian food has long reigned at the top of most popularity lists. The emphasis on fresh ingredients and the comfort factor of pasta and pizza are hard to beat. Most of our exposure, though, is filtered through Italian-American expressions of red-sauce cuisine; as the local Spectrum cable TV commercial for Dunedin’s Umberto’s of Long Island proudly...

A scientist who spent years of his life pioneering the secrets hidden deep within a child’s DNA revealed his own DNA is of Irish origin. “Like Joe Birch, I’m of Irish descent,” said Dr. James R. Downing, MD after this reporter, emcee of the Italian Winterfest, made the same confession of his heritage moments earlier.  

Crispino’s Pizza is now open for business, with owner John Crispino serving up his New York-style pizza and classic Italian dishes at 5031 Market St.Crispino operated Crispino’s Pizza in Morehead City for seven years before deciding to sell the business and relocate to Wilmington, where he traveled twice a week to play ice hockey.

Alessandro Buono has always loved the delicate sweets of his native Sicily but was never quite an adept baker. Nevertheless, the now heavily tattooed and pierced 22-year-old and his family late last year opened Sciuri Pasticceria e Rosticceria Siciliana just off South Beach's Fifth Street. It's a compact stark-white space filled with Italian chitch...

Italian-based fashion, art and design school Istituto Marangoni has opened its first school in the US in Miami’s design district, marking the institution’s 10th location in the world. Located in the heart of Miami’s design district, which is home to more than 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative and architectural industries, luxury fashion stores...

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, continues its 44th season with an exhilarating new play, Lombardi, focusing on the life of legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. Presenting sponsor for Lombardi is The O'Haire Group-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management with additional s...

CIAO Board members met Jan. 2 at Laurie Detenbeck’s home to discuss past and upcoming CIAO events. The board was saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Valone, who was one of the driving forces of CIAO. She was very active in the club until her confinement to the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center. She will be greatly missed by all who knew an...

When the people who program Spoleto Festival USA sit down to figure out what to present each year, they don’t typically aim to fit the festival into a thematic mold. They solicit artists they admire and take what they can get. Still, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of looking for themes or trends once the program is announced. This time ar...

Italian luxury brand Bruno Magli will be among the sponsors for this year’s Beach Polo World Cup in Miami, which features a brand-new layout, filled with daily activities outside of the polo matches. The event will include polo matches throughout the weekend (matches began this morning) with six teams competing for the cup. Top polo players includi...

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Cape Coral City Councilmember John Carioscia to the Lee County Tourist Development Council. Carioscia, who was appointed Dec. 19, is serving his second term on the Cape Coral City Council. He replaces former Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki.

When I heard a “casual” Italian restaurant was opening in the former home of Germantown Craft House (and, briefly, Goss Ave. Pub), I envisioned cheap plates of spaghetti and pizza by the slice. When I went with friends to Sarino for dinner on a recent Saturday, we were informed we were the last walk-in table — making reservations was highly recomme...