NEWS FROM : SOUTH EAST  

A local elected official wants to do away with Columbus Day, which is observed the second Monday in October. Omari Hardy, a city commissioner in Lake Worth Beach, says Christopher Columbus is not someone who deserves a holiday. It's often said that Christopher Columbus was a great explorer, but Hardy says there’s another side to him that most kids...

Gios Italian Kitchen is finally ready to open in Myrtle Beach. Gios, whose original location in Pawleys Island on Rasheed Land, is set to open its second such restaurant Tuesday at 7915 N Kings Highway in a building near Publix Super Market that used house an Applebees. The business had previously planned to open in April or May before being delaye...

A piece of replicated history made its way into Pensacola Bay today. A replica of the ship “Niña,” known for its part in the 1492 Christopher Columbus journey to the New World, docked today at Palafox Pier near downtown Pensacola. The owners of the ship, Sanger Ships, LLC, say it’s the closest to the real thing in the world. “The Niña behind me is...

Lowndes County is a long way from Ft. Pierce, Fla., even farther from Michigan and an even longer way from Italy, but Carlo Sacco has called them all home. “Lake Park has a lot going for it,” said the co-owner of the town’s new Italian restaurant. Sacco and his partner, Shaun Levelle, opened Uncle Carlos’s Italian Ristorante in Lake Park’s Winn-Dix...

Okatie-based Nonna Rosa, Awarded Best Italian Restaurant and Best Chef, is reopening its doors to its clientele. The Authentic Italian restaurant located in the Foodlion shopping center on Okatie Village drive by Sun City is open on a limited time from 4 PM to 10 PM daily due to restrictions in line with the coronavirus pandemic. Though on limited...

The Pensacola Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835 has an important announcement we want to share with you and your friends regarding Festa Italiana. Due to the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festa Italiana in Pensacola, Florida. The health and safety of our Sons and Daughters of I...

While most restaurants are scrambling to make safe seating arrangements for their dine-in guests, new restaurant Nonna Lina is taking a different route. The newly launched family-style menu of Italian favorites is currently only available for delivery and takeout as a way of tackling the ever-changing guidelines. The new concept is the work of exec...

Pensacola’s Joe Occhipinti is this year’s Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival Hall of Fame inductee. But don’t congratulate the saxophonist on the honor. Instead, support the events surrounding jazz in the area, Occhipinti requests. There is a big chance that Occhipinti will be there, too, as he always has been. The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Herit...

On September 1st 2020 at 4 pm EST, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast will hold ‘The Authentic Italian Table: Northern Italy’s Rustic Cuisine’, a virtual event arranged through Zoom in which participants will have the opportunity to enjoy flavors and views from Northern Italy.  The event is part of the ‘The Extraordinary Italian Taste’...

Alex Grisanti is slated to open a new restaurant, Elfo Grisanti’s Northern Italian Cuisine, during the second week of September in Southaven. It’s a first for the Grisanti restaurants, says Grisanti, the chef/owner of the new restaurant. “The first time we’ve been in Mississippi.” The restaurant at 5627 Getwell Road was named after his grandfather...

Luca Annunziata, Executive Chef of forchetta, participated in, and won an episode of Food Network’s Chopped which aired on June 30, 2020 at 9:00pm. Chopped is a Reality Television Chef’s Competition. In this show, four chefs compete against each other in creating a three-course meal including one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. Chefs must on...

The Marlins just swept a doubleheader from the Mets and moved to a pretty surprising 14-11 on the year. They are nearing the halfway point of the season in playoff position despite an early outbreak of COVID-19 and needing to piece together a roster after that happened. It's been pretty fun. In the nightcap Tuesday, another fun thing happened. Jon...