Fabio Viviani has had a crash course in U.S. geography. The Top Chef Season 5 fan favorite opened Osteria in Tampa at the beginning of October. Next, he opens a restaurant in Oklahoma City. Then back to Tampa to open a restaurant called Mole, where Fly Bar was until recently. After that, another restaurant, he says in Charleston, S.C., but he looks...

When the Tampa Bay Rays traded outfielders Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley to the Seattle Mariners earlier this week to acquire catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia and lefty Michael Plassmeyer, it was a bittersweet moment for fans of both organizations. Mallex had left quite the impression on Rays fans during the 2018 season and provided...

Local restaurateurs Chris and Michelle Ponte have started transforming a former South Tampa happy hour spot into their latest restaurant. Lovingly dubbed Olivia, the newcomer is coming along where Carmel Kitchen closed earlier this year at 3601 W. Swann Ave. “It’s named after our daughter,” Michelle said with a smirk, looking over to check the expr...

The Office of the Italian Consulate in Miami, under the leadership of the honorable Consul General, Cristiano Musillo, who started his tour of duty last August, has announced that a week-long celebration, the 18th International Week of the Italian Language, will take place in various Florida cities from October 15 until October 22, 2018 during the...

Dear Members, Friends, Families, and Supporters, as many of you know, the Italian Club of Tampa is celebrating 100 Years in our current building with a series of events in the coming months. In an era of modernization, the Italian Club Building has stood the test of time and we remain a cornerstone of Ybor City, just as we were when our doors first...

For nearly a century, an open-door immigration policy had been the law of the land, a system that allowed anarchists, paupers, communists and free-love advocates to flood the United States. In the greatest movement of peoples in history, millions of Italians, Jews, Slavs, and Magyars flooded America with few skills relevant to an urban, industrial...

Hyde Park Village has announced the signing of a new lease with Sorrento Sweets, an old-world Italian bakery, at 716 S Village Circle. Sorrento Sweets was founded in Pasco County and this new location will sell Italian cakes, pastries and cookies made out of its Pasco facility. That, plus gelato shakes, gelato floats, espresso drinks and more. Sorr...

Una delegazione di venticinque cittadini americani proveniente da Tampa, in Florida, guidata dal sindaco, Robert Buckhorn, ha fatto visita questa mattina al sindaco di Agrigento, Lillo Firetto in occasione del ventisettesimo anno del gemellaggio tra le due città. Della delegazione facevano parte alcuni amministratori locali, imprenditori, agenti di...

The latest food venture for Tampa restaurateur and industry vet Jeff Gigante? A modern Italian eatery called Forbici. The Ciccio Restaurant Group co-founder and partner plans to open the upscale-meets-casual Forbici — a name that means “scissors” in Italian — alongside Brunetti Pizza owner Jason Brunetti at Hyde Park Village. Located in the anchor...

Festa Italiana is an annual multi-day event in the Tampa Bay area centered around a love of Italian culture and heritage. This year, the festival will take place from April 5-8. Since 1997, Festa Italiana has aimed to educate Tampa Bay on Italian ways of life with food, performance and activities. Hosted by The Italian Club of Tampa, the organizati...