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“My name….is Francis Albert…” are the first lines Frank Sinatra sings on the ‘Future’ section of his autobiographical magnum opus Trilogy: Past, Present, Future. A rather candid album, Sinatra reflects on his life and everything that made it great and not so great. He talks about his childhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, what he thinks the future will...

Carlo B. Geromini, a member of Franklin’s Quattro Eroi Lodge, 1414, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, was presented with the Public Service Award by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts on May 5. The recognition was part of the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards, presented under the leadership of the Commission for Social Justice Grand...

Two more new venues — Sicilia Italian restaurant and Ankrolab Brewing Co. — recently launched on Bayshore Drive in East Naples. The new restaurant and brewery join Bean to Cup Coffee Lounge, which opened Feb. 1 at 3248 Bayshore Drive, as well as the food trucks that debuted last fall at Celebration Park to provide expanding options on that local st...

Could a painting hanging on the wall of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) hold the key to a culinary mystery? One of the most popular comfort foods in the world is spaghetti and meatballs. If you read food blogs, you may have heard that this dish did not originate on Italian soil. Many celebrity chefs, Italian-American chefs, and food writers...

I struggle with monogamy when it comes to pizza. I tend to fall head-over-heels in love, over and over and over again. I've loved classic New York-style pizzas, the kind best eaten folded in half hunched over a flimsy paper plate. I've loved Sicilian pizzas with their spongy, tomato-soaked crusts. I've loved wood-fired pizzas, coal-fired pizzas, e...

May 9, 2019 – Time: 7:00 p.m. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033. This presentation and book signing by Dianne Hales honors Atlanta as a cultural center of significance. Dianne is the author of the now famous book “La Bella Lingua”. She is coming to Atlanta to present her third book: “How Italy seduced the World.” Addit...

A new Italian pizzeria is on track to open this summer at Lake Deaton Plaza in The Villages. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza will be opening in August at 729 Kristine Way. There are currently three Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza locations in Gainesville and two more in Ocala. The restaurants specialize in a wide variety of gourmet specialty pizzas, includin...

Randolph Italian Ice & Gelato, LLC has opened at Five Rivers Market at 950 Chestnut Street. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening April 24. "We have been a mobile business for six years," said Devin Randolph, who owns the business with his wife, Nakisha. "We were presented an opportunity from the Shuler Group to open in the Five Rivers Market...

This authentic Italian restaurant welcomes its first guests for dinner service on Thursday. Sensi — Italian for senses — aims to transport guests with the overall experience, from flavors to ambiance. “I want people coming in to feel Italy. To experience it. That food and atmosphere,” says Eduardo de Bury, owner.  It is located in the Rea Farms dev...

Coral Gables is set to get some of Miami-Dade's best pasta. Macchialina, the Italian concept by James Beard Award semifinalist Michael Pirolo, plans to open a second restaurant, at Alhambra Towers in the City Beautiful. The real-estate firm the Allen Morris Company announced the restaurant recently signed a lease for a space at Alhambra Towers. Loc...

The University of Alabama will host the southeastern premiere of a multimedia presentation based on the works of a leading figure of the Italian Renaissance. Minneapolis composer Jocelyn Hagen’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in concert hall of the Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. The performance will comb...

Italian food as we know it, has roots that can be traced as far back as the 4th-century bc. The tomato or “Pomodoro” in Italian, was not commonly used until the late 18th century. Which means Italian cuisine existed for about 2000 years before they even developed tomato sauce. That… is a tragedy. Being influenced by many neighboring cultures like G...