By G.A. Benton   Claudiana Italian Restaurant is one of those eateries — they are abundant in Columbus — with a generic strip mall storefront that leads to a bustling scene of insiders dining on bold, scratch-made food. If you're new to the establishment, as I was to this Polaris-area place, it's like walking into a secret world.   At...

Sbarro emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, the pizza chain's $148 million re-organization plan went into effect Monday following a judge's approval May 19.   The company will now relocate headquarters to Columbus, Ohio to cut expenses and work closely with its new entity, Pizza Cucinova.   R...

After the huge success of the last three years, the CIC have been approached again by the Columbus Clippers and asked if we would be interested in hosting the fourth annual Italian Heritage Night at Huntington Park this summer.   With our desire to raise the profile of Italians in the Columbus community, foster camaraderie between Italians i...

This month the Wexner Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà Roma, is presenting a nine-film retrospective of Anna Magnani performances. The 35mm prints span 1941 through 1950 and include some of her most notable classics like "Roma città aperta". Many of the great Italian directors are represented: Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Vi...

Renowned art collector Ron Pizzuti is behind a new luxury-boutique art hotel opening in Columbus, Ohio. The hotel features art from Pizzuti's private collection along with local and world-class contemporary art from emerging artists.   Partnering with upscale, design-focused international hotel brand Le Méridien, The Joseph features artwork...

Sbarro LLC's namesake dining chain isn't its only venture in the midst of change.The Columbus-based pizza chain launched Pizza Cucinova with two restaurants in Central Ohio last year, but don't get too attached to the name and look. When the company added its third eatery in Cincinnati last month, it not only tweaked its operations and recipes, it...

Sixty years ago Anna Magnani won an Oscar for Best Actress for The Rose Tattoo, starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Daniel Mann. The Istituto Luce-Cinecittà dedicated to a great actress retrospective, La Magnani, who is conquering New York and will involve other cities of the United States- Chicago, Detroit, Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, H...

One of the most sought after Italian-American musical variety acts, Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, have performed for audiences from coast to coast in the U.S., Canada and Italy. The band, acclaimed for captivating young, pop culture audiences while thrilling fans of Italian and Swing music, began their musical careers entertaining guests at Italian-Amer...

For those hoping for a little more amore in their lives, Oakland will be getting itself a new Italian restaurant. Piada Italian Street Food, a chain of fast casual eateries similar in style to Chipotle, is planning to expand into Pennsylvania for the first time with a shop at 3600 Forbes Avenue — the former site of Quaker Steak and Lube. A com...

The Department of French and Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Italian Studies. This is a one-year, non-tenure track appointment with the potential for renewal.   Candidates with strong interdisciplina...