The Italian Festival of Lights kicked off its weekend activities at the Bicentennial Mall State Park. The festival began Friday at noon in downtown Nashville. Dozens of vendors set up their tents and displays earlier that morning. Each year, the festival promises the sights and sounds of Italy - Music City Style.   Festival goers c...

One of the best-reviewed movies of the year, "Caesar Must Die," makes its Memphis debut at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, during the third annual Italian Film Festival USA at the University of Memphis. Directed by the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, winners of the Palme d'Or at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for "Padre Padrone," "Caesar Must Die" ch...

Russo’s Restaurants, the founders of dining concepts that include Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands’ footprint in the Greater Memphis Area in order to continue expansion into key markets.   Demonstrating the excitement around the brand, Russo’s kicked o...

Frank Monteverde was the first and only Italian American Mayor of Memphis, TN from 1918 – 1919. He also was the first native Memphian to hold that office. He defeated the "Boss" Crump machine that had held a tight grip on Memphis politics. Many of the local politicians in Memphis at that time were members of the KKK which made his election even mor...

A worldwide digital ink manufacturer opens a new production facility in Soddy-Daisy today.The 15,000-square-foot site in Soddy-Daisy's industrial park is Kiian Group's first factory in North America. The company is based in Italy and manufactures ink at facilities throughout the world.The Soddy-Daisy location eventually will employ about 20 people,...

Memphis Italian Festival will be held Thursday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, at Marquette Park, at the corner of Mount Moriah Road and Park Avenue.   The 25th annual event will celebrate all things Italian with food, music, sports competitions and more. Visit memphisitalianfestival.com for tickets and schedule.   Source: ...

Company and state officials are celebrating the groundbreaking at Italian gun-maker Beretta USA's new plant in Tennessee. Berretta announced in January that it would build a new manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.   The company later announced in July that concerns over a strict gun-control law enact...

  L'Irpinia, ma potremmo dire l'Italia, è madre ingrata: spesso cresce i suoi figli, li illude e poi li costringe a partire per veder sbocciare il proprio talento altrove.   Non molto tempo fa intervistammo Francesco Addesa, a Lanciano magazziniere e a Londra docente universitario, oggi tocca a Manuela Picariello, 33 anni, dottoranda d...

by Michelle Corbet Wednesday Memphis joined an elite list of cities when it became the seventh city in the world to open a Beretta Gallery. Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta is an Italian-based multinational firearms manufacturer.   Established in 1526, Beretta is the world's oldest industrial dynasty, tracing its roots through 16 generat...

Three weeks ago Chef Matt Gallaher opened his second Knoxville restaurant, Emilia. Named after his grandmother, Emily Jackson, and sister, Emily Cowan, the new eatery at 16 Market Square comes a mere 3 1/2 years after he debuted Knox Mason at 131 S. Gay Street.   The success he found at the Gay Street eatery has quickly wound its way to his...