According to popular legend, in 1889, Queen Margherita of Italy visited Naples, where a local pizzaiolo named Raffaele Esposito whipped up a new style of pizza in honor of her majesty. Made with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and tomatoes grown in the volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius, the Margherita pizza, as it came to be known, paid tribute to t...

Roll after roll Rosetta Bakery delivers the authentic Italian art of bakery to Miami. With seven locations in the Floridian city and one coming soon in New Jersey, the bakery was opened in 2015 with the intent to be an official ambassador of the Italian art of baking and also to export the concept of a typical Italian breakfast. From sandwiches to...

Italian food's appeal is universal: Simple, relatable ingredients are used to make a soulful and comforting dish of food that most people adore. This year, Miami Spice has nearly 200 restaurants on its roster, and it's no surprise that a large portion of them feature some of the best of Italy's gastronomy. The five restaurants below (listed in alph...

The control center of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the most important and prestigious rocket base in the world, will be named after Rocco Petrone, the engineer of Italian origin who was the launch director of the Apollo 11 mission and then became the head of the entire program for the exploration of the Moon. This was announced by th...

This week at the Miami Culinary Institute we had a simple ceremony to present the 2021 renewal certificate of “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana” to 8 Italian restaurants in Miami that have been awarded with this prestigious acknowledgment a few years ago.The quality seal “Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana” is an international certification that identifies ar...

A bell believed to have belonged to the ‘Santa Mara’, the largest of the three ships of the voyage of discovery of America in 1492, to be put up for sale at a private auction at Miami (USA) by the Italian ex-sailor and diver Roberto Mazzara. In a statement released Monday, Mazzara, who found the bell in 1994 on the north coast of Portugal and has k...

A Bronx Tale,” an original one-man show written for the stage and performed by actor Chazz Palminteri, will be presented Sunday, March 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m., at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $55. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Well known for “A Bronx Tale,” Palminteri originally per...

Arte dell’ Orchidea, a fine art exhibition and auction, will be held Saturday, October 9 and Sunday October 10 at The Italian American Civic Association (IACA), 1600 25th Street, Vero Beach, Florida, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the organization’s local scholarship fund. Doors open, art can be viewed, and a silent auction begins, 5-7 pm, S...

After years of bankruptcy, the Italian government is finally replacing Alitalia with a new national airline, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). It remains to be seen how different the new airline will be from Alitalia, given that ITA intends to purchase some of Alitalia’s assets, potentially including the branding and planes. As of now the plan is for I...

Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani has tapped St. Petersburg to be the home of his forthcoming Taverna Costale Italian restaurant. Taverna Costale—located at 200 Central Ave. at ground level of a St. Pete office tower—has plans to open its 5,900-square-foot space this winter, and Viviani has described his newest venture as a coastal Italian restaurant an...