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A new Italian restaurant has made its debut in the Elliot Park Hotel. Located at 823 Fifth Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the newcomer is called Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant offers Tuscan-inspired cuisine and farm-to-table specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Morning offerings include the Maialino Breakfast pizza with cochini...

This month, the team behind newly minted Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Barolo Grill in Denver opened a casual pasta spot downtown. The new Chow Morso Osteria is replacing Chow Morso, a fixture of North Denver's Avanti Food and Beverage food hall for the past two years; the team will be closing that location in October. Owner and wine director R...

Veteran Voice gives ECHL fans the chance to get to know a veteran in the League ahead of the 2018-19 season.  In this installment, the ECHL spoke with Rocco Carzo of the Kansas City Mavericks, who enters his sixth professional season in 2018-19. Name: Roccoo Carzo. Age: 28. Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania. Team: Kansas City Mavericks. 2017-18 Stats:...

On June 20, 2018, the Hill Piazza committee held a groundbreaking ceremony announcing the dream of a Piazza on “The Hill” is a reality. The plan to build a beautiful Italian inspired piazza, in front of St. Ambrose Church has begun. An area to provide a central gathering place; an outside space to educate our children and a contemplatively spot to...

Pasquale Presa says his restaurant, Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria, is a labor of love and an expression of his passion for Italian cuisine, his family and Rochester. Presa, who opened the restaurant in 2016 at the corner of First Avenue and Fifth Street Southwest, explains that it represents all that has been and is important to him. “I was born...

Another Italian restaurant? Well, not exactly. Restaurateur Jennifer Linzinmeir and her husband and business partner, Jake Linzinmeir, have something just a little different in mind. That's why they're calling their new eatery Jovanina's Broken Italian, slated to open next week at 1520 Blake Street. "The name gives people direction, but it won't be...

For the fourth year, the ICC is supporting an outstanding student from the University of Minnesota, Department of French & Italian who is spending one semester in Italy. This scholarship continues to fulfill our mission to promote Italian language and culture to all people of Minnesota. The Massimo Bonavita Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of...

Pizza is delicious. But free pizza is divine. And Pagliai’s Pizza in Johnston wants to celebrate their family's 61-year legacy with free pizza by honoring their Northern Italian grandparents, Nonno and Nonna Pagliai. Pagliai’s will give away a free pizza per week through Thanksgiving. Hungry diners who visit Pagliai’s Pizza at 5312 Merle Hay Road i...

Elliot Strathmann has always been a curious person. After studying physics and the liberal arts and sciences in college, he dabbled in finance and considered law school. He worked in restaurants and married a chef. “I don’t satisfy easily,” he said. “But when I dig in, I dig deep.” These days, Strathmann is digging in on amaro. And that’s proven to...

Imparare L'Italiano Giocando is an initiative of the Italian Community of St Louis (Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis). It's meaning "learning Italian while playing or having fun" is a key message that Giovanna Leopardi gives to parents who would like their children to learn Italian. These classes, for kids ages 2 - 12, are not your regular sit d...

John Gagliardi, who won more college football games than any coach in history, turning St. John’s into a powerhouse, has died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the age of 91. Gagliardi won 489 games in his 64 seasons, 60 of them leading the Johnnies. He won four national championships, in 1963 and 1965 (NAIA), and 1976 and 2003 (NCAA Division III), before retirin...

While much of the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day today, in South Dakota the state government, schools and citizens are recognizing a different holiday: Native Americans' Day. South Dakota is the only state in the country to celebrate today devoted to Native Americans rather than the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus -- and it'...