A UNCW Associate Professor of Art History has been tapped to lead the studies of Roman-period pottery from the new excavations in the Athenian Agora. Doctor Nicholas Hudson will lead the studies of the Roman pottery found in the Agora of Athens in Greece. “Pottery is the most common archaeological artifact at ancient sites in the Mediterranean, whi...

The most-watched late-night show on television? With an average of 2.5 million viewers, it’s Fox News Channel’s “Gutfeld!” a sketch show with a satirical take on current events. “Gutfeld!” has regularly surpassed “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in viewership since August 2022....

After 35 years in business, Elizabeth’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant has indefinitely closed. According to social media, Elizabeth’s closed for the holidays from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4. The restaurant announced via Facebook on Jan. 4 that it would not reopen as planned due to a family emergency, which was followed by another announcement on Jan. 14 t...

Executive chef Tom Dyrness, fittingly, puts the growth of Mama Ricotta’s into increments of lasagna pans. He recalls, in 2009, “We used to do 8-12 pans a week.” Now, a typical week sees 24-28 pans come through the pass and into the dining room or boxed up for takeout. Over its 30 years, Mama Ricotta’s Italian Restaurant at 601 S. Kings Drive has pr...

Within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site live the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, managed by the Garden Club of North Carolina. It was created as a memorial to the first colonists and as an example of a period garden. When you visit the Elizabethan Gardens, it is best to keep quiet, consider, and appreciate the enchanting beauty. The i...

North Carolina is filled with history, but perhaps one of its most fascinating tales involves a traveling circus, a mummy, and a funeral home that combine to weave together one of the most unbelievable events you've ever heard of. Keep reading to learn more. In the early 1900s, there was a traveling circus near the small city of Laurinburg, along t...

La Dolcezza Bakery Café is easy to miss between the reflexology spa and nail salon on Montford Drive. But it’s tough to forget once you’ve been inside. Vintage signs and images of Paris line the magenta walls. Crystal starburst chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and a life-sized pink phone booth brims with artificial flowers. Beside the coffee bar...

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Kannapolis residents and brothers Tom and Johnny Cook officially opened Tutti’s Italian Market and Deli on Cabarrus Avenue in Concord, NC. Their journey to opening their doors was long and full of roadblocks and challenges. The support from the Small Business Center at RCCC and other partners within the Cabarrus Center helped...

Owner Jay Raffaldini will unveil a red blend called Patrimonio at his namesake winery in western North Carolina on the afternoon of Dec. 10. Raffaldini said the name means legacy or heritage in Italian and is designed to honor his father, whose picture is on the label. “Everything I am today was due to his inspiration and endless challenging of me...

"Ciao Italia" TV cooking show host Mary Ann Esposito in her new book starts at the beginning of her award-winning recipes, at the very beginning, in her garden. Her new book, "Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook," which was published Nov. 15, tells how to create a successful garden, letting readers in on her and her husband Guy's secrets and tips the...