Shopping at various grocery stores in the Richmond area the early 2000s, customers might have heard a toddler singing in the cart as her mother shopped for her family. Little did they know that the young vocalist in the cereal aisle would one day be performing opera on the international stage and would release her first single recording, "Cinema Pa...

The Richmond County Orchestra will celebrate its 24th anniversary season in spectacular style on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s University’s Staten Island Campus Center Gymnasium, 300 Howard Avenue. ‘Concerto di Primavera’ will feature Italian-American music with Ervin Dede, violin soloist, Soprano Holly Flack, and Tenor Arthur Lai and gue...

The development of Italian cuisine mirrors America’s rich political and geographic diversity. Richmond’s homegrown Italian food is no different, and finds its roots among the Italian immigrants who came to Richmond, making up as much as 10 percent of the local population in 1930. Mediterranean influences bring fish and olives into culinary creation...

Twenty-seven years ago, second-generation Italian American Ed Vasaio opened Mamma Zu restaurant at the corner of South Pine and Spring streets in Oregon Hill. To someone unfamiliar, the inconspicuous brick eatery with a hunter green door and faded cursive signage could have appeared abandoned, but the pungent smell of garlic and lines of eager patr...

Calling Christopher Columbus “a man we now understand to be a harbinger of genocide and of displacement,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney proclaimed that Oct. 12 will now be Indigenous Peoples Day within the city. Stoney made the proclamation Friday afternoon to a mostly empty City Council chamber, though present were representatives from the Pamunkey...

In the midst of this difficult time, the Richmond Symphony is pleased to share some very good news. We are proud to announce the appointment of award-winning Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi as our next Music Director. Peleggi will begin her role on July 1, 2020, for an initial four-year period conducting at least ten weeks a season, making Pele...

The space at 805 N. Davis Ave. has seen a number of restaurant tenants over the years. For a long time it was Avenue 805, then The Betty on Davis, followed by a French concept from Kevin Roberts (of Perly’s and the bygone Black Sheep), Swan Dive, which shuttered in late April. While some may consider the location to be “cursed,” current tenants Sus...

This summer, you can visit the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii without ever leaving Richmond. The North American premiere of "Pompeii: The Immortal City" opens at the Science Museum of Virginia June 8 and runs through September 3. The Italian city was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. According to the museum, "this touring exhibition plun...

An exhibition exploring the works of photographer Carl Chiarenza opens today at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit will be on view in the Photography Gallery from May 17th through November 12th. Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. From...

Benny Ventano's - the new restaurant in the former Continental Divide / Mint / Davis & Main space - is now open. Benny's does pizza. Giant - bigger than a tire, with slices bigger than your face - pizza. It's kind of their thing. In fact, pizza is kind of their only thing. The menu at the Richmond Benny's, which opened April 8 at 2501 W. Main St.,...