Fazoli’s, America’s only elevated QSR Italian chain, announced today the signing of a multi-unit deal with new franchisees, Impact Hospitality Group. In addition to acquiring two existing locations in Columbia, South Carolina, the group also has plans to develop five additional restaurants in and around the Columbia area over the next few years, wi...

Goodbye, Columbus. Maysville City Commission agreed Thursday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October each year, replacing what has been traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day in honor of the man once credited with being the first to “discover” the Americas. The change came at the request of Lance Soto of the American I...

From baguettes to pitas, tortillas to Chinese mantou, bread boasts a long history of providing more than physical sustenance. To break bread together is to form connections that transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries, said Giuseppe Biagini, founder of the International Traditional Knowledge Institute. That made the Italian native's stop at a...

Madisonville locals can now add authentic Italian eatery to their restaurant repertoire with the opening of Luigi’s Italian Grill on East Main Street this week. The new location will be focused on the old family recipes and dynamics that have made the Luigi’s name successful in the past. Antonio Haxhiraj, who will run the Madisonville location, is...

Until recently, Frank “Doc” Messina’s choice of performing arts pretty much focused in one area.  He considered himself a “music guy,” and he mostly made his livelihood either performing music or as a music educator. Today, the 71-year-old Messina has embraced another art, writing, and has cranked out two popular murder/mystery novels, with another...

Before Max Balliet was a partner and executive chef, he was a musician and an ardently crazy lover of pizza. Sit back and take in a little of this guy’s history. His progression to partner and executive chef at Pizza Lupo, 1540 Frankfort Ave., will begin to make perfect sense. It was on a trip to Italy to visit a girlfriend when he was 18 years old...

In the spring of 2003, when Niko and Lola Nousiadis opened Niko’s Italian Cuisine in The Springs medical complex at 2200 E. Parrish Ave., there was only one other building in the new development. “There was nothing out here then, but Highland Elementary School, Foodland and a few other places,” Lola Nousiadis said last week. Her son, Christo, remem...

La storia di Andreas Nota è quella di un ragazzo con le idee chiare, determinato ad inseguire il suo sogno e allo stesso tempo consapevole dell'importanza della formazione personale. Calcio e studio, due percorsi paralleli e di uguale importanza, che Andreas ha scelto di portare avanti con coraggio e con una maturità sorprendente. Finito il liceo,...

Kick off the holidays with craziness! Continuing the series by Anthony Wilkinson, Pandora Productions proudly presents MY BIG GAY ITALIAN CHRISTMAS. We've had a Wedding, a Funeral, a Mid-Life Crisis and now the insanity that is the Pinnunziato family comes a holiday installment. Pandora is thrilled to be the first theatre company in the country to...

The former Cliftons Pizza Co. on Frankfort Avenue will remain in the Italian food family. Building owner Sheila Tasman told Insider that the La Grange-based restaurant Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen is opening a second location at 2230 Frankfort Ave. The address was occupied by Cliftons for more than 28 years until mid-September when it abruptly closed....