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Vince and Virginia DiRaimondo are certainly one of the many “pillars” of the Hill neighborhood. They are great examples of the family spirit that is so evident with living in the Hill community. Vince 91, and Virginia (soon to be 90) have been married for over 66 years and have lived on the Hill their entire lives.  They raised three children, and...

Johnny and Sandra Caracci have been serving customers their Italian dishes using family recipes for 25 years. This week they opened their Johnny C’s Deli & Pasta in the Town Pavilion, 1111 Main St., Suite 115. Plowboys Barbeque formerly operated in the space but relocated to a larger spot on the south corner of the Town Pavilion. Johnny C’s serves...

The Vatican echoes with chants. Rodrigo Borgia is pope. Steps away, and five centuries later, a tour guide regales visitors with tales of the infamous Borgia clan. Rodrigo, the family patriarch, boasts of their strength. Eldest son Cesare, ensconced within the College of Cardinals, longs for an army. Daughter Lucrezia, alleged poisoner of the famil...

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Carlo's Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of the famous bakery's first midwest location at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. This will be the 21st location for the recognized brand most known as the setting of the hit TLC series, Cake Boss, following a series of highly attended openings throughout the...

DOVE sono Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom e Charley, Il debole della volontà, la forza del braccio, il clown, il boozer, il combattente? Tutti, tutti, dormono sulla collina. You don’t recognize those famous lines from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology?” You would if you lived in Italy, where the man and his work have been studied and admired for g...

The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work. Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson's lips and Lincoln's life-like e...

On September 20th we will meet at our normal location, Favazza’s Banquet Center. In addition to our normal wines from Favazza’s, the dinner will be accompanied by a tasting of wines hand selected by our presenter that evening, Luciano Racca. Luciano is a co-owner of Raineri vineyard in Piemonte, Italy. He will speak to us about each of the wines as...

Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch, where four miners struck gold in 1864, has yet another gem for all to savor with the opening of Ristorante Bella Roma. Located in what is currently the Helena Hotel adjacent to Broadway Street, Bella Roma is a dream come true for owner Davide Giuliani. Davide grew up in Rome watching his mother and grandmothe...

Two distant homelands are now forever linked by the common bond of one man – artist Harry Jackson – who called each place home. This summer city councilors passed a resolution to adopt Camaiore, Italy, as a sister city and to promote “a friendship, an alliance beyond our borders.” A few months earlier, City of Camaiore officials passed a resolution...

The fifth annual Sons of Italy Royal Gorge Lodge No. 2866 Italian Festival entertained crowds with its staple of food, wine and music. The festival filled Macon Plaza on Saturday as hundreds of people came out to enjoy and take part in the event, which opened Friday evening. The event included live music, food from various vendors, and wine and bee...

For many people — including yours truly — Tavernetta by Frasca is the most anticipated new restaurant opening of the year. It was originally supposed to open this spring, but construction delays pushed it back further and further, keeping us from what is bound to be one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Thanks a lot, construction delays. But...

It’s called the Kobrand Tour d’Italia, and it is, in my opinion, one of the most ambitious wine and food experiences attempted in the 20-plus years that I’ve lived in Kansas City. It begins in the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a trade tasting featuring eight Italian wineries and their principals and some 70 wines. That’s impressive, but li...