He grew up in Chicago. She grew up in Nashville. He’s a lifelong carpenter who’d just as well live in the woods. She’s a former gymnast who fell under the spell of violin while training in ballet classes. It would seem they don’t have that much in common. Except, that is, for the fact that they both want to make violins, and they’re both outsiders...

Franco Contaldo knows there’s an easy way to ruin a good Italian dish. “People use too much garlic,” he said. “You want to taste it, but you don’t want it to overpower everything else.” When he makes pesto, he doesn’t even put garlic in it. Before you think him a madman, give his Pesto Delicato recipe at the end of this article a try, and have a lo...

“Italian food is very traditional, very classic, it's also something that requires a lot of hands on attention,” said Matt Gallaher, owner of Emilia Italian. Whether it's romance, family gatherings, or celebration, Emilia courts customers with handmade Italian. “Anytime we get guests in for their first visit, we try to steer them near pasta,” Galla...

The beloved Fino's restaurant will return to Memphis in April. Kelly English and the Iris Restaurant Group (Restaurant Iris, The Second Line, Magnolia House, Iris Etc.) have purchased the Fino’s brand from former owners. Fino’s will open back up and operate at the original location on the ground level of the Gilmore apartments (corner of McLean and...

A visit to Frankie's Pizza and Grill in Spring Hill is a journey through one of world's most beloved culinary traditions, and a family legacy that exemplifies this nation's ongoing ability to cultivate far-away customs into an indispensable, practically local fare. At Frankie's you will find an outstanding selection of traditional Italian dishes fr...

On February 2, the exhibition “Claudio Parmeggiani: Dematerialization” will open in Nashville (TN) at the Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN. It will be the first North American museum exhibition of the renowned Italian contemporary artist Claudio Parmeggiani. Hosted in the Gordon CAP Gallery, the exhibition features a selection of fifte...

Italian brothers from Oakland, Tennessee, John and Charlie Harrell, had a cheesy idea to start a business in the Hub City. “I told my brother to keep all your recipes in your back pocket for later and finally, we said, ‘alright let’s make our own pizza business,'” said John. Since late October, the Harrell brothers have owned and operated Carrico’s...

It starts with the distinct flavor of Italian basil, freshly plucked from the garden -- summer distilled down into a teaspoon, washing pleasantly over every taste bud. And then it transforms and there are strawberries, warmed by the sun, lingering like a late June twilight, a luxurious afterthought. The taster’s face blooms with pleasure: The pairi...

Occasionally, our friend the Carnivore will invite us all out to eat for no other reason than to enjoy his evening meal surrounded by friends. Needless to say, the dine-around bunch have never turned him down, especially when our get-together is celebrated at Johnson City’s Johnny Brusco’s New York Style. Though part of a corporate restaurant chain...

Most Tennesseans are familiar with Bill Lee's story: He's a Franklin native and runs Lee Co., an HVAC, plumbing and electrical repair business. But what about his wife of 10 years, Maria? Here are six things to know about Tennessee's next first lady. Who is Maria Lee? Maria Lee grew up in a middle-class neighborhood and an Italian family. Her mothe...