After Friday's rain, the Columbus Italian Festival was in a party mood yesterday with food, as always, one of the star attractions.   The smells of pizza, pasta, sausage sandwiches, soup, gelato and pizzelles wafted in the air around St. John Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St., the center of the festival and Columbus' Italian community....

by Adam Cairns   The Columbus Italian Club held its annual bocce tournament at its headquarters in Grandview Heights on Aug. 19. The annual tournament has been conducted since the courts were built 26 years ago.   Bocce was an ancient Roman sport that dates back to pre-B.C. era and is still popular within the Italian culture. The summ...

One of Columbus’ newest food trucks, Por’Ketta, is getting ready to launch this weekend. The kickoff event is taking place on Saturday, March 14 at The Ohio Taproom from 11 a.m. to about 9 p.m.   Owner Tony Layne is launching Por’Ketta after years of observing food trucks at spots like Dinin’ Hall. With the youngest of his kids heading to co...

by John Marshall   Giuseppe's Ritrovo has been a fixture in Bexley for 20 years, and the name "ritrovo"—Italian for "hangout"—is fitting here. Most nights of the week, the place is bustling, and most weekends, it's jammed. Guests come because their friends do, because of the way the family who runs the place treats them and because of the wo...

"Cuciniamo con Samanta" now scheduled for first week of March! Get ready to dive right in the Italian language and culture with this journey through the flavors of il Bel Paese! Italian language and cooking classes have never been so good !! Spots are very limited; call or register online Thursday 26 February!!!   COURSE DESCR...

The 2013 Columbus Italian Festival will celebrate and showcase all things Italian during its 34th annual rendition Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 in Columbus' Italian Village outside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St.   "Anything Italian will be here (and) it is fun for the entire family," said festival public relations...

There are two new children's books garnering a grassroots following because they don't follow the traditional format used in children's books. With lush layering of colors and beautiful illustrations that capture the character's emotions, There's A Crazy Dog Under the Palace! and the newly-released sequel, Who Ate the Gelato?!,...

By Lori Kurtzman They decide to put her in the top-down Maserati, a gorgeous cream-colored hunk of Italian metal parked along the northwestern edge of Goodale Park. The driver pulls out a blanket, and the woman unzips her black leather boots. She climbs onto the chocolate-brown leather and sits between the two rear headrests. She can wave from th...

By Nancy Gilson On a sultry Saturday afternoon, Alessandro Siciliani stood at the front of an old church in the University District, directing the principal singers in a rehearsal of the 125-year-old opera Cavalleria rusticana. Despite the heat, he waved his baton, jumped, stomped a foot and hummed along during some of the most dramatic momen...