by Tammy Childress   Johnny Brusco's held its ribbon cutting today at The Pinnacle off exit 74 in Bristol, Tennessee this morning. The 2,800 square foot restaurant that opened on May 6 serves a variety of New York style pizza and Italian fare. "I lived an worked in Altanta for several years," Chuck Richani, the franchise owner said. "I...

Have you seen a luxury car driving around East Tennessee and thought who's behind the wheel? Where do you buy a car like that here? And how many can the dealer sell? The answer may surprise you. A Maserati dealership opened in Knoxville last year and they are having no trouble staying afloat.   Imported from Italy, Maserati cars ha...

Discovery Park of America is bringing another world-class traveling exhibit to the park, all the way from Italy. The Da Vinci Machines and Robotics is set to open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 15 and is sure to amaze and delight visitors from near and far.   Polly Brasher, education director at the park said that she thinks this exhibit, "will be...

Half a century ago, in 1966, Lamborghini introduced a low, sleek, mid-engine supercar called the Miura. Considered groundbreaking when it was introduced because of its transversely-mounted mid-engine layout, the vehicle inspired a slew of orders despite being shown only as a rolling chassis a year earlier at the Turin auto show.   Designed b...

The song of the South has led Italian compounder So.F.Ter Group to open its first plant in the United States in Lebanon, Tenn. Forli, Italy-based So.F.Ter is beginning production this week at the new 100,000-square-foot plant. The site employs 50 and has annual production of 50 million pounds on four twin-screw extrusion lines.   Read more...

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis is seeking applications for a non-tenure track Instructor position in Classics/Italian starting August 2014. Requirements: M.A. degree in Classics or Italian; native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English; successful teaching experience in lower and upper-di...

by Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte   This week's travels in the search for all cool things Italian leads to Memphis, TN. I was really hoping that Elvis or BB King was of Italian descent, but sadly after doing some fact-checking, they were not. Looks like the most famous Italian to call Memphis home is Tony Grano, past presiden...

People love pasta. And brothers Ryan and Danny Nicoletto quickly garnered a following for their small batch fresh and dried pastas, made with organic ingredients, heritage wheats and time-honored practices. Success — consistently selling out at farmers markets citywide — gave them the impetus to go from mobile to bricks-and-mortar.   In Nove...

by Aaron Smith   Beretta USA says Maryland's tough new gun laws are the reason it's moving its factory to gun-friendly Tennessee. The American subsidiary of the 500-year-old Italian company has had a factory in Accokeek, Maryland since the 1970s.   The company has manufactured the M9, the U.S. Army's standard-issue sidearm, since...

A Nashville museum's groundbreaking exhibit of Italian art created between 1250 and 1550 explores the significant role of the Dominicans and Franciscans in the revival of the arts that began in Italy in the 13th century. "Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy" opened Oct. 31 at the Frist Center...