Angelina's is an Italian market treasure in the Carolinas. You’ll find them in Waxhaw, North Carolina, which is a suburb of Charlotte. Co-owner Mariel LoRe is quite young, however this business is in her blood. Her father owned Enzo’s Italian Market in Matthews, NC.  Small world story: Enzo's was my first experience with an Italian store in the Sou...

Al Cervini said that diners at his restaurant, Rosalie’s Trattoria, regularly try to categorize his food.   “They ask if it’s Tuscan or Northern Italian,” he said. “To me, it’s just food.” In fact, the menu focuses on those dishes that Cervini enjoyed growing up in New York. He opened the restaurant, named for his wife who is a local teacher, in 20...

Looking at his name, you'd never guess that Robert Kalish has Sicilian blood running through his veins. But with one taste of the Italian meals he serves up from his popular Fayetteville food truck, Bella Nonna, there's no mistaking that Kalish is a paisano. Kalish got his culinary chops by cooking in his family’s old-school Italian restaurants in...

Located in the highly anticipated Flat Iron Hotel (20 Battery Park Ave, Asheville), Luminosa opened on Wednesday, May 15. The newcomer is the work of Charleston-based Indigo Road Hospitality Group, which has multiple restaurants all along the East Coast. Still, Luminosa is very unique to its Blue Ridge environment. Indigo Road was committed to hiri...

You are looking at a field of fluffy, golden grass dotted with yellow flowers. There are trees in the background and mountains beyond that. Where are you? Now you’re facing a terracotta sarcophagus. Where are you? When are you? A new exhibit in the Rubenstein Arts Center uses AI to bring viewers into ancient Roman and Etruscan landscapes spanning 1...

Belmont’s new upscale Italian restaurant is open for business, and taking reservations.  Marrelli’s Italian Restaurant has taken up residence at 33 Glenway St. in what was once Heirloom Restaurant. Linda and Scott Murphy, the owners of what is now Heirloom Catering and Honeycomb Cafe, announced last year that Heirloom Restaurant would be turned int...

April 17, 2024, marks the 500th anniversary of the first entry of someone from the Old World into New York Bay. It was, of course, an explorer from the lands now called Italy: Giovanni da Verrazzano. We the Italians could not miss this very important date with history. We talk about it with admiration, pride and gratitude, hosting a great researche...

Appalachian State University professor and former North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14) Joseph Bathanti has been named to this year's class of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame (NCLHOF) — an honor reserved for five of the state's most beloved and accomplished writers. Established in 1996 under the leadership of Poet Laureate Sam Ragan, the...

The Soccer Tournament (TST), the 7v7 event with a $1 million winner-take-all prize being played in Cary, NC from June 5-10 today announced the entry of Italian club Como 1907 in the 48-team event. Como 1907, who currently play in Italy’s Serie B, return to TST after a run to the quarterfinals in the inaugural event. Como’s entry last year included...

L'ancora, a new Italian restaurant, has swiftly become Rayleigh's culinary sensation, offering a unique taste of Naples in a town known for its diverse dining scene. Replacing the former Choi Yin Chinese restaurant, this establishment has not only brought a fresh flavor to the locale but has also been embraced wholeheartedly by the community, inclu...