You know that line you always hear about there being no decent pizza — let alone apizza — down South? Fuhgettaboutit!  One of East Haven’s oldest and best pizzerias, Tolli’s Apizza at 410 Main St., is getting ready to open a second place later this year in a well-traveled, fast-growing shopping area of Johns Island, S.C., a barrier island just outs...

Despite vowing never to open a restaurant, Marie Stitt, the daughter of James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Stitt, is opening a restaurant. But she won’t be running it. That job goes to her husband, Edward Crouse.  Crouse said Babas on Cannon will be an all-day cafe inspired by those the couple frequented in northern Italy while attending Slow Foo...

If the fictional city of Jeweltown and its suburbs bear more than a slight resemblance to the Clarksburg area in writer and columnist John Brown’s novel “Augie’s War,” there’s a reason for that. And if the main character — Harrison County native Augie Compton — reminds anyone of Brown, well, there’s a reason for that, too. “I thought I could write...

Tommy Baker, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company, with award-winning dealerships in Charleston, S.C. and Wilmington, N.C., announced today that the company has completed the purchase of Rick Hendrick Alfa Romeo of North Charleston. The franchise will now operate as Alfa Romeo of Charleston and has officially opened its doors as a Baker Motor...

Baker Motor Co. has added a famed Italian luxury nameplate to its West Ashley car lineup, giving it 14 brands of high-end automobiles. The acquisitive 30-year-old dealership announced Friday it purchased Rick Hendrick Alfa Romeo of North Charleston. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The acquired franchise now operates as Alfa Romeo of Charlesto...

Andrea Cigni’s production of “Pia de’ Tolomei,” a 19th-century opera by Gaetano Donizetti that has its origins in Dante's "Purgatory," comes to the United States after playing limited engagements at three theaters in Italy in late 2017 and early 2018. While the opera in Charleston features a mostly new company of singers, Cigni’s production include...

Charleston’s Christopher Columbus Sons of Italy lodge has regular member meetings, just like any other group. What sets those gatherings apart from the everyday, however, is the section of the evening devoted to a covered-dish buffet. You can only imagine what the talented Italian cooks come up with as each person brings their best to the delight o...

Italian films long have long been known for their lush, evocative musical scores. Almost inseparable from the films, they enhance the storytelling with a romanticism and vigor not often seen elsewhere. The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival has partnered with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra to bring that music to a live concert setting. On Feb....

For more than a decade, the College of Charleston's Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) has brought contemporary Italian cinema and award-winning Italian filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters to Charleston for a four day showcase.  To raise money for this annual affair, NCIFF has teamed up with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for an eveni...

When the people who program Spoleto Festival USA sit down to figure out what to present each year, they don’t typically aim to fit the festival into a thematic mold. They solicit artists they admire and take what they can get. Still, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of looking for themes or trends once the program is announced. This time ar...