Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Birmingham! Celebrate the very first Festa Italiana, hosted by the Italian American Heritage Society, on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces (20 32nd St. N., Birmingham, AL 35222). Come immerse yourself into Italian culture with live music, Italian inspired acts, Italian cuisine, c...

You can find some of the world’s best pizza in Madison, Alabama. Go ahead and read that sentence again. From his base of operations at Valentina’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, chef Joe Carlucci is sharing his lifelong passion for pizza with the world, one record at a time. At last year’s International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Carlucci earned his sixth and...

Festa Italiana is bringing an authentic Italian festival experience to Birmingham in June. According to a news release, Festa Italiana will be coming to Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces on June 15. The Italian American Heritage Society, a not-for-profit organization, is hosting the festival. The event intends to celebrate and preserve Italian culture an...

Lou Scripa, a Vestavia Hills resident for close to 30 years, recently was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. He joins people like Vince Lombardi, Joe DiMaggio and Mario Andretti in that hall of fame, but many people in Vestavia Hills may not be familiar with Scripa because most of his famous accomplishments took place...

104,538 jumping jacks in 24 hours. 41,788 leg raises in 12 hours. 110,015 crunches in 17 hours. 133,581 crunches in 30 hours. 160,974 sit-ups in 82 hours. 70,715 sit-ups in 24 hours or less. If these sound like ridiculous, “there’s no way a person can do that” numbers, think again. They’re all fitness endurance feats accomplished by Air Force veter...

The Birmingham metro area has lost a lot of Italian restaurants over the years, but a new one in Rocky Ridge is conjuring up memories of long-gone places such as LaVoy’s in Homewood, Romeo’s on Southside or Sal’s Italian across town in Roebuck. Napoli Italian Restaurant & Pizza opened its doors in October in the former location of Johnny Brusco’s N...

If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian cuisine (that’s almost always for me), look no further than Luca Lagotto in Homewood. This fresh pasta restaurant near Birmingham is the latest offering from Pihakis Restaurant Group, which also owns several other local restaurants, including HERO and Little Donkey. Opened in February 2024, Luca Lagotto i...

A pair of local entrepreneurs are working to bring a new take on authentic Italian cuisine to downtown Tuscaloosa in the now-being-renovated former home of Sweet Home Food Bar. As the Thread first reported, the locally loved hidden gem has permanently closed after 10 years on University Boulevard downtown. Now, owner Christian Williams and general...

Dear friends, 2024 is fast moving on between the daily routine made up of news and content in social media, the monthly routine with interviews and the magazine, and the planning of projects, events, and lots of news, both in Italy and in the United States. The first news ... is not new: it is the third edition of our Gala here in Rome, which again...

The Italian Stallion – football legend Johnny Musso – shared his faith story with University of Mobile supporters at the Partners for Purpose fundraising luncheon on Oct. 19. The event raised scholarships for students at the Christian university. In an interview format hosted by Dan Brennan, co-host of Mobile Mornings on FM Talk 1065, Musso recalle...