NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

Miami-born and Italy-raised, jewelry designer and accomplished equestrian Lucrezia Buccellati will make Palm Beach her permanent home this fall. The co-creative director of Italian jewelry brand Buccellati, which was founded in Milan in 1919 by Lucrezia's great-grandfather, Mario, and the mother of two plans to put down roots in a town where horses...

Served on a crackly round of house-baked bread, layered with ham, salami, roast beef, provolone, and mozzarella, the muffuletta at Valle’s in Memphis is a baroque and sloppy beauty, leaking oil and vinegar and joy. A quiet man with a shy and impish smile, Louie Valle dresses his take on the New Orleans sandwich with mushrooms and green peppers, bou...

A new Italian restaurant is coming to downtown Macon. La Bella Vita co-owner Donny Barnes says he and the other co-owner, Vincent Kelly, plan to open the spot at 347 Cotton Ave on May 1. This is Barnes’ first restaurant venture, but he says Kelly has his hands in Fatty’s Pizza -- a Macon pizza restaurant franchise. The Alabama native moved to Centr...

An Italian company specializing in automation of food and beverage warehouses is planning a $3 million expansion of its Buncombe County regional headquarters. System Logistics Corporation will hire an additional 47 people to work at the enlarged facility with pay averaging $32.17 an hour, or $66,900 annually, SLC and economic development officials...

Orlando-based Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is now scooping up its iconic frozen treats in its new Cooper City location which opened March 30. The new Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is located at 9630 Stirling Rd. #101 in a brand new shopping plaza called Cooper Square, located directly across from Cooper City High School. The location has three service windows a...

The Italian American Society of Marco Island finished their Bocce season with a tournament among their members to see who could be called the three best players this year. As always, it was a fun season with a lot of kidding and joking even though COVID-19 kept quite a few members from coming to Florida this year. Members played at Mackle Park and...

Retirement always looked good on paper to Pensacola's Pietro DiBella. Weighed against the hours of daily work the Sicilian-born entrepreneur put into making pizzas, cooking pasta, managing people and servicing guests at Italy's Finest Pizzeria, the fleeting thoughts of spending his days gardening and playing with his grandchildren sounded like blis...

Fratello’s is expanding. The east side Italian spot, located at 1047 Fernwood Glendale Rd. in Spartanburg, announced on its social media pages Thursday that a second Fratello’s location will be opening in Greenville. The new restaurant will be located on 2112 Wade Hampton Blvd. Part owner Nathalia Gualpa says the restaurant should be open in the ne...

B. Amore vividly remembers the moment she began making art again nearly five decades ago. She had two children, little money and precious little free time. But she hungered to try carving and had just been given a block of redwood by a sculpture teacher. Sitting on the floor of her Boston apartment, a blanket spread out before her, the wood lay nes...

The Strafaci family name is one of the more accomplished and respected legacies when it comes to amateur golf dating back to the 1930’s. This week at Augusta National Golf Club the next member of the Strafaci family will write his name into the history books. “The Strafaci family in the American dream,” said Tyler during his press conference conclu...

Tampa Bay Food Tours is infatuated Casa Santo Stefano. Housed in a former 1925 Ybor City Ferlito Macaroni Co. factory, Casa Santo Stefano pays a fond tribute to Sicilian food. Richard Gonzmart 4th generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group knew he wanted to share the food he grew up eating at childhood friends' homes. Those Nana-cooked m...

I visited Bellini Italian Ristorante late on a Monday afternoon in hopes things wouldn’t be too busy. This is the modern plight of restaurant critics: In normal times, we’re tasked with visiting a restaurant no less than twice, at times when it’s the “typical” restaurant experience customers might find should they visit a place we’ve reviewed. But...