Brochures have been mailed, the website has been launched, and tickets to the 2014 season of Spoleto Festival USA are officially ON SALE! With so many fantastic performances, knowing where to start can be tricky. Our suggestion? Just go for it!   And just in case you need a little extra encouragement, here is our list of the top 10 reasons t...

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Culinary Cultures program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday.The program features sessions with chefs and food specialists from around the state. Monday's session is "That's Italian" with Jeremy Still of Edgewood Country Club.The sessions each include three classes and cost $60 per person. Th...

Crews are hustling at Le Farfalle to get the forthcoming Italian restaurant up and running soon at 15 Beaufain St. The door displays the logo, but there's still a lot going into the space right now. Le Farfalle predicted a June opening, but with two more days left in the month, that's highly unlikely.   Eater has a feeling Charleston is will...

The King Street Marketing Group and the Italy America Chamber of Commerce introduce the Charleston Italian Festival. The event will be a celebration of Italian culture, arts, food, wine and automobiles. It will be held on Daniel Island from noon to 7:00 p.m., September 19, the Feast of San Gennaro.   The Charleston Italian Festival will...

The 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened Friday amid tributes to the men who established the internationally known art festival and remembrances of the nine people fatally shot in a city church last year during a Bible study. Hundreds gathered under a bright sun in front of City Hall as Mayor John Tecklenburg lauded former Mayor Joe Rile...

by Hanna Raskin   Almost a year after relocating to Charleston from New York City, celebrated chef Michael Toscano has announced plans to open a restaurant in the space currently occupied by Leaf. Le Farfalle will feature "regional Italian food," with an emphasis on housemade pasta, vegetables and seafood, according to publicist Nicole...

by Deidre Schipani   The culinary latitude and longitude has shifted on the corner that chef Ken Vedrinski originally established as a restaurant. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths have replaced the racing silks of Siena; the cuisine of Tuscany is pre-empted by that of Apulia, Campania and Sicily. Ristorante LIDI, the current resident, pro...

by Christina Riley   In early February, more than two dozen area youngsters auditioned for a children's chorus. They arrived with nursery rhymes, patriotic songs and familiar numbers from "Shrek" and Disney movies. Less than four months later, 13 of them are performing a little-known Giordano opera score. In Italian. At the Spoleto Fest...

Filmmaker Roberto Ando is one of Italy's most distinguished artists. A Sicilian by birth, his work, in both cinema and literature, is influenced by his associations with the great novelist Leonardo Sciascia and the movie director Francesco Rosi, among others.   His latest movie, the comedy "Viva La Liberta" ("Long Live Liberty"), which is ba...

by Erin Perkins   Soon-to-open venture Vincent Chicco's chef Aaron Lemieux may have a French surname that translates to "the best" and come from behind the line at brasserie Rue de Jean, but he has Italian food at heart. In a interview with Lemieux, he states his last meal would be his "mother's stuffed shells" and goes on to explain the ite...