[This is the first of a series of columns that explores the world of adults from the eyes of a child] I was raised in an Italian village surrounded by four generations of loving and colorful relatives. I remember well our daily life. Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, fourteen cousins and family friends always seemed right there...

by Richard Leong   American chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman draw inspiration for their Southern cooking from their Italian heritage and their grandmothers' Sunday dinners, which they remember fondly in their first book "Collard & Carbonara." The childhood friends run two popular restaurants in Memphis, Andrew Michael Italian Kitch...

by Matt Rogers   What is probably Middle Tennessee's longest running pop-up restaurant is going brick and mortar, as Mangia Nashville is headed for the Melrose area. The Tennessean broke the news earlier this week, detailing that chef Nick Pellegrino's Italian family-style restaurant will be taking 3,300 square feet in the 8th Avenue Commons...

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...