You might have to wait a little longer — until spring — for a big plate of Sons of Italy pasta. A blaze in January 2017 damaged the popular Omaha hall on 10th Street south of downtown. The Sons had hoped to reopen the hall this month. Dr. Tom Pruse, a leader of the Sons, said the delay was caused by reconstruction costs that ended up higher than e...

Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano of Nebraska City has been open for a little over a month at Nebraska City’s historic train depot at 725 S. 6th St. And customer reviews have been fantastic. Yelp reviewers have rated the eatery in the four and five star range. Nebraska Citians had been hoping for a tennant at the depot. The location was closed for a long...

At the Santa Lucia Festival, there’s something for everybody. The kids can hop on any number of carnival rides, check out remarkable dancing and they can eat all sorts of Italian cuisine, some of which you cannot get everyday.  “The sweet sauce is definitely something you don’t get at a lot of places. It’s got a little bit of heat, but it’s still v...

Si rinsalda l'amicizia tra la Toscana e la nazione Lakota, uno dei tre gruppi storici dei Sioux d'America (il ‘continente della tartaruga", come lo chiamano i nativi), nipoti di Nuvola Rossa, Toro Seduto e Cavallo Pazzo. Una delegazione proveniente dal Sud Dakota, lo stato del monte Rushmore con le sculture di quattro presidenti degli Stati Uniti m...

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...

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...

Work is under way to fix a sole piece of art that survived the Sons of Italy fire from early 2017.  On January 13, 2017, a two alarm fire ripped through the Sons of Italy Hall, a former carriage house in Omaha's Little Italy Neighborhood. In March, the Sons of Italy board voted to renovate the building. It is set to reopen by the end of the year. M...

With a little TLC and a lot of professional expertise, a fire-damaged mural from Little Italy is coming back to life. The 22-foot-long oil painting of Carlentini, Sicily, and Mount Etna was blistered and soot-covered in a Jan. 13 fire that has shut down the Sons of Italy Hall south of downtown. (It’s expected to reopen in June.) Meticulously giving...

Sutton Betti regards himself as a classical sculptor with his inspiration coming from Michelangelo. Maybe it was a book on this Italian master given to him by his grandmother that prompted his interest or maybe it was his visit to the Sistine Chapel. Although as a young man, Betti was more interested in music than in sculpting. What may have change...

Historically home to Omaha’s Italian population Little Italy is in the throes of a growth spurt that’s forcing an iconic metro business to make some changes. Little Italy is outlined by Pacific Street to the north, Center Street to the south, South 10th Street on the west and the Missouri river to the east. It’s an area rich in history. Nancy Calin...