North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in the United States. Its largest city is Charlotte, which after New York is the American city with the largest number of banks: this has led it to be, at the beginning of this century, the fastest growing area in the United States. The region of which Charlotte is part, stretching from New Jersey in...

Greenville-based Marabella Old World Pizza will soon be serving up its first slice of authentic Italian pizza pie. Co-owner Massimo Mannino said Monday the restaurant, located at 6826½ Market Street, just south of Gordon Road, will open in a couple of weeks. The interior has been ready for a while, but there were other hoops to jump through, includ...

“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life,” the late former First Lady Barbara Bush once said. Marked by 35 years of such togetherness, Rockingham County’s Tiano family quietly acknowledged their restaurant’s anniversary on Jan. 14. Instead of a grand celebration to mark the occasion at Tiano’s Pizza, the day was spent as...

This was 1989. He was a young phenom in the arts world. Ph.D. from Duke. Seven years as director of Durham’s arts council. A successful $2 million campaign for a new cultural center there. From there he could move up in the arts world to Washington or New York, or maybe to follow a dream to be a university president. But along came an offer to run...

Italian/American prospect Paolo Banchero is listed at no.2 in the latest edition of the ESPN NBA Mock Draft. Duke's big man is right behind Gonzaga unicorn Chet Holmgren, who's currently the no.1 prospect in Jonathan Givony's mock draft.  Banchero is averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game so far this season, shooting 51% from the...

You may have seen Mano Bella Artisan Foods’ authentic, artisanal Italian foods around Charlotte, at local farmers markets like the South End Farmers Market, North End Farmers Market and Uptown Farmers Market. By spring 2022, the concept’s made-from-scratch food will be available at its new storefront at The Market at 7th Street in uptown. Co-owners...

Anna Marcotti, who competes for and trains at Gymnasium Pordenone in Pordenone, a province in northeastern Italy, has announced her commitment to swim at the University of North Carolina Asheville beginning in the fall of 2022. Marcotti is a freestyle and butterfly specialist with converted times that are fast enough to make the ‘A’ final at the 20...

Despite growing up in Naples, Italy, Pasquale Illiano didn't start making pizza until he moved to America. He grew up around food, helping his father, who was a chef, in his restaurant kitchen washing dishes, preparing ingredients and whatever else needed to be done. In 2017, he moved from Italy to Charlotte and began working at Enrico's, an Italia...

The Italian Bistro located in Porters Neck off Market Street just celebrated its 10th anniversary. “Like the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun,” said owner Jason James. “Well, it’s been a fun 10 years. I have an amazing staff, some who were here when I purchased the restaurant and are still here today.”  The restaurant recently held a...

The battle between the two best players in college basketball, and perhaps the sport’s two best teams, didn’t disappoint late on Friday night. If we’re lucky, the contest in Las Vegas was just a preview of what will make for a tremendous deep NCAA tournament battle come March. Potential top draft pick Paolo Banchero and No. 5 Duke held on to knock...