Piada Italian Street Food is making their Carolinas debut by celebrating the opening of its 45th location at 336B S Sharon Amity Road. The fast casual Italian restaurant will open its doors on Thursday, July 7 at 10:45 a.m. and will be open Sunday through Saturday, 10:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. This marks Piada’s first Southeastern location, with additi...

A new Italian restaurant is designed to give guests a full-range dining experience morning, noon and night. On June 13, Gemelli will open at 70 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Regional Shopping Center. Gemelli is the newest concept from Anthony Cerrato, a chef and the owner of Strada Italiano and Social Lounge in downtown Asheville. Gemelli is the...

Foreign Cars Italia, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, has had the pleasure of housing two incredible examples of the Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar. These two magnificent Ferraris were at the dealership for service as the dealership is an Official Ferrari Dealer. To learn more about these cars, the dealership uploaded a video to YouTube video, fo...

Dear compatriots and friends of the Italian community in North Carolina, I am honored to assume the role of Honorary Consul of Italy in our state of North Carolina. I look forward to serving you and continuing the impressive work of my colleague Dr. Claudio Carpano, former HC, in supporting a thriving and dynamic Italian community in our state. For...

Fifteen months after their wedding in January 2006, Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown quit their jobs, put everything they owned into storage, and booked a flight to Europe for what turned into an eight-month backpacking trip. They tracked down members of Tonidandel’s extended family, who lived in small towns near the mountainous northern Italian vil...

Prepare to “embark on the most affordable trip your mouth will ever take to Italy.” That’s what Cugino Forno promises, an authentic Italian pizzeria planning to open its fifth location in Wilmington in about two weeks. Launched in Greensboro in 2017, Cugino Forno was founded by three cousins: Joseph Ozbey, Adam Aksoy and Yilmaz Guver. Each of the b...

Ray Romano will star and produce a new film about the extraordinary life of American basketball coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano. The script will be written by Jim Strouse, whose credits include Grace Is Gone and The Winning Season. Romano will produce with game1’s Basil Iwanyk, Greg Economou and Mark Ciardi (The Rookie). The Valvano family will p...

One pizza place will replace another in the same spot in downtown Gastonia. Mangiamo Pizza will fill the spot of the former Life of Pie at the intersection of West Main Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Life of Pie had been operating at that corner since 2015. Mangiamo Pizza will open in May. "I will continue to do a great job with the piz...

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen more restaurant activity in the Bull City as we slowly pull out of the pandemic. And was once old is new again! Take, for example, Lucky’s Delicatessen on W. Chapel Hill Street. A victim of the pandemic, the deli closed but the space ended up transitioning to Alimentari at Mothers and Sons. Which is not a bad thi...

Duke’s Paolo Banchero is leaping to the NBA after one season as a candidate to be the No. 1 overall draft pick. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound freshman announced his decision in a social media video Wednesday, with the school saying he planned to hire an agent. “It has always been a dream of mine to play at Duke, and it has always been a dream of mine to...