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Grand Island is home to the impressive Hall County Courthouse, a stately structure designed by noted architect Thomas Kimball of Omaha. Now, Grand Island residents can be proud that their city’s downtown has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The district contains an intact collection of late-19th and early- to mid-20th-ce...

One of the longest running shows in off Broadway history, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is one-of-a-kind entertainment – an immersive comedy show staged as an evening of nuptials. Together with their Italian-American families, Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale cordially request the honor of your presence to celebrate their holy matrimony at The Old Glass P...

Laura Norris’ great-grandparents were Italian immigrants, and she grew up visiting them and their favorite Bronx delis. The experience turned her into a lifelong lover of Italian food. But as an adult she also dreamed of one day opening an Italian deli of her own. In late 2013, after a longtime career in non-profits, she opened not a deli but a nei...

Bill and Pam Valentino have moved their Italian restaurant, Billy Vee’s, from Panora to West Des Moines. The couple opened Dec. 8 in an old house on Fifth Street in Valley Junction that formerly housed Tres Amigos Mexican Restaurant. Billy Vee’s seats about 60 in five dining rooms on the main floor of the house, said Pam Valentino. The menu include...

Born in Italy, Virginio Ferrari came to Chicago in the 1960s, and he blossomed into an internationally sought-after sculptor. The artist recently turned 80 years old. “Chicago Tonight” visited him in his Bridgeport studio on the eve of what promises to be another big year for him. Phil Ponce: You’ve seen his abstract work “Being Born” at the Ohio S...

When: Sat, February 10, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM - Where: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 North 2nd Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. Lo chef Gian Nicola Colucci vi presenterà una favolosa scelta di pietanze per la nostra festa di Carnevale che si terrà il 10 febbraio al ristorante Cielo. Tutto incluso a soli 50 dollari a persona! Il menu: Affett...

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018–6:30pm-11:30pm. Where: The Ballroom at River City Hotel & Casino. Price: $100pp: reservations available at ciaostl.com. Dress code: formal, black tie optional. Masks. We cordially invite you to join us as we bring the tastes, color, music and excitement of Italy’s Carnevale to St. Louis! First celebrated in 1094, t...

On the edge of the dock among rows of colorful buildings in Burano, Italy, Ashley Pales felt at home. A Lincoln Southwest High School graduate and Yale University sophomore, Pales spent five weeks exploring the country and reconnecting to her family's Italian heritage during a study abroad program last summer.  When she got back to the U.S., she...

When Katie Lee-Collier opened Katie's Pizza with her father back in 2008, she was a true novice. It took her seven tries to get the first order for a Margherita pie good enough to serve to a customer. She didn't even know how to fold a pizza box. In fact, she didn't know much of anything about running a restaurant, she admits, outside of her passio...

The Department of French and Italian in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at The University of Iowa seeks a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian for the 2018-19 academic year. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach introductory and intermediate language courses as well as literary and cultural surve...

Portillo's has announced the opening date for its 9,000 square foot restaurant in Maple Grove. The popular Chicago-based hotdog chain will open its second Minnesota location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd N. in Maple Grove on Jan. 23, 2018. Portillo's is known for its Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs and its old-school style of taking order...

“Life comes at you fast,” certainly not a new adage, and at times can come off a bit cliched. But the turn of phrase still has its basis in truth, particularly when it comes to being first-time restaurant owners and operators. When Cilino’s opened its door for the first time Dec. 17, for a short three-hour soft opening ahead of their grand opening...