By Juliet Izon   Opera and Miami Beach may be an unlikely combination, yet when legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti performed on the sand on January 22, 1995, concert attendees were as ecstatic as if they were watching the country's biggest pop star.   In fact, Pavarotti's performance, which also featured soprano Cynthia Lawrence and th...

An official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cannolo ever made will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the annual Feast of Little Italy at the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, FL. The current official Guinness database reflects a cannolo made in 2010 in Newburgh, NY that weighed in at 123 pounds. However, in July...

An authentic Italian-Sicilian restaurant will soon join the Columbia Restaurant Group. Fresh off launching the Ulele restaurant downtown, and buying the Goody Goody cheeseburger brand, Columbia patriarch Richard Gonzmart is deep into planning for an Italian-Sicilian comfort-food restaurant in a historic Ybor City building.   Through a serie...

by Jennifer Ann Love   The first South Florida Italian Culture & Heritage Festival will premiere on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 12pm till 8pm at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. The Festival is being co-produced by Anthony Paparella of Gino's Market and Joe Bevelacqua of Cobra Joe Productions, both based in Hollywood. &...

by Laura Tichy-Smith   In a nation where corporate joints sling pizza, grocery store freezers offer boxed lasagna and a caricature of an Italian chef stares out from the label of canned ravioli, it can be hard to find authentic Italian food.   Fortunately, Southwest Florida is graced by the presence of several local Italian markets...

New York has its thin-crust. Chicago has its deep-dish. Now Delray Beach has authentic Italian pizza, thanks to Mastino Wood-Fire Kitchen and Bar (25 N.E. Second Ave.), which just debuted in the Pineapple Grove district of Delray. At the center of the restaurant is a steel handcrafted wood-burning oven that was imported from Naples, Italy. It bake...

The Fendi Château Residences is a new 12-story waterfront condominium building located at 9365 Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida. Expertly curated by the Italian megabrand and private developer Château Group, the condominium—a first of its kind—features 58 oceanfront apartments in a prime location just two blocks away from the esteemed luxury s...

Family and friends gave Nick Staback a standing ovation at a picnic in Mcdade park Tuesday evening.The 22-year old is back home, one week after he was honored in Florida with a national American hero award from UNICO national, an Italian-American service organization.    "I don't see how i deserve it. Its just that i was doing my job, i...

by Cassie Glenn   As seems to be the trend these days, 345 Caffe Italiano opened almost a year ago but celebrated its official "grand opening" last month. From the outside, it looks almost too manufactured to be decent.   With the restaurant logo and pictures of food plastered across the red and white tables and walls, it resembles a...

Growing up in a large Italian family in Buffalo, N.Y., Anne Wolfe -- now one of area's top amateur Italian cooks -- remembers her father, Mike Tramontana putting 45 RPM records on the record player.   Sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Tony Bennett and Perry Como filled her house and mixed with the aroma of cannolis and Itali...