Benny Ventano's - the new restaurant in the former Continental Divide / Mint / Davis & Main space - is now open. Benny's does pizza. Giant - bigger than a tire, with slices bigger than your face - pizza. It's kind of their thing. In fact, pizza is kind of their only thing. The menu at the Richmond Benny's, which opened April 8 at 2501 W. Main St.,...

“Wonderful elixir!  Thou art mine!  Oh, why cannot I enjoy its effects immediately?”  so says the lovesick  peasant Nemorino. Yet this elixir of love is hardly a perfect love potion for Valentine’s Day.  Instead, it is a scam whereby the scamp Dr. Dulcamara, knowing Nemorino’s desperate attempts to capture the noble lady Adina‘s heart, tricks him i...

When it comes to restaurants, this adage tends to be proven again and again: There’s no substitute for experience. The concept may be intriguing, the menu may be well-crafted and the décor may be dazzling (and often terribly expensive), but the confidence that comes with experience usually outshines them all. The new Autentico’s Kitchen with its...

The Richmond County Orchestra (RCO), under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia, presents: PATRIOTIC PORTRAIT, a musical feast and Italian fare Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. on the Staten Island Campus of St. John's University. Show includes a full orchestral patriotic favorites such as the Stars and Stripes Forever and My Shot from Hamilton and infus...

Get ready to see a whole lot of scooters on the streets of Richmond. Amerivespa, the largest scooter rally in the country, is coming to town this weekend. The national scooter rally will be bringing 400 scooterists to Richmond for five days of guided scooter rides, meetups and socializing. The Graduate Richmond hotel on West Franklin Street will be...

One of the things we appreciate most, here at We the Italians, is the commitment many Italian Americans show all over the US to celebrate and remember the history and the presence of their fellow Italians who emigrated to the US. Oftentimes this passion is shown by organizing events and writing books, but many of them wanted and still want to estab...

Richmond - Emanuele Leopoldo "Manny" Bomben, age 77, of Richmond, Indiana, died Friday, December 8, 2017, with his family by his side. Born April 15, 1940, to Francesco and Angelina De Marco Bomben, Manny moved from Fanna, Italy, to the United States when he was 17 years old. He graduated from Scecina Memorial High School and from Marian University...

A wise man of opera once said in my hearing, testifying to the enduring emotional impact of Puccini: “When I no longer cry at ‘Boheme,’ I quit.” The same should be said of “La Fanciulla del West,” from “Ch’ella mi creda” to the end – and so it is with Lillian Groag’s production that opened on Nov. 10 at the Virginia Opera in Norfolk, with performan...

Richmond University Medical Center today announced that its 11th Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 and will be co-chaired by Dr. Loren Harris and Dr. Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris and Mr. & Mrs. Brian and Deanna Gomez. The Gala will again salute members of the community who have made an indelible contribution to the medical center...

Why is there a Christopher Columbus statue by Byrd Park? Who crafted the elaborate plaster and stonework in Richmond’s early-20th-century theaters and public buildings? The answers to those questions point to the early and long-lasting cultural influence of Italians.    When Thomas Jefferson sought to better cultivate grapes for winemaking, he impo...