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After opening in early January, the Italian Cowboy Cafe in Sheldon provides dishes unique like its namesake. Owner Stacey Van Roekel wanted a menu that provided dishes that were a mix of Italian and Southern cuisine. It’s a blend that had me interested and last week, staff writer Lydia Hansen and I went over for a taste test of Sheldon’s newest res...

A new watering hole is coming to LoHi this spring, and its owner couldn’t be more excited. Pam Proto knows the corner of 15th and Platte streets — she’s been operating her Denver Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana there for 17 years now. But the pizza restaurateur, who owns six Proto’s shops in the Denver and Boulder areas, has long wanted to change thing...

Antonio Race is coming home.  Well, technically Naples, Italy, is home for the chef. But Fort Collins comes in a close second.  After 15 years away from the Choice City, Race, 53, recently returned to reinvigorate an old concept in his former repertoire of Italian restaurants, wine bars and pizzerias.  Race plans to open Ciao Vino Wine Bar, a tradi...

For those who had the distinct pleasure of wandering into the old Scimeca’s Grocery Store at Independence & The Paseo during its over 40-year history at that location, they know that some of the sweetest smells and best imported Italian deli salads and sausages were to be had in the imported section located at the back of the store. It was almost l...

Easter Culinary Traditions. Live from Italy with ALMA Scuola di Cucina. Saturday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT, Online. Conversations will be in English. Register Here. Discover a land filled with thousands of bell towers and traditions, captured in a story between space and time, through the many flavors and recipes of Italy’s Easter celebrat...

A high-end Italian leather goods retailer has closed its Phillips Avenue storefront and is moving to another location downtown. Luca Papini, owner of Luca: Made in Italy at 311 S. Phillips Ave., is moving his business into a third-floor space at Eighth and Railroad Center, where he first started a storefront business in 2016. A "perfect storm" of t...

It’s fitting – maybe even predestined – that Michael Amigoni would become a vintner. After all his paternal grandfather, Guiseppe “Joseph” Amigoni, produced wine near Milan, Italy, before emigrating to town in the 1920s. Now, the younger Amigoni is carrying on the tradition at his Amigoni Urban Winery in Kansas City, Mo. “I grew up with wine around...

Ciao Down Food Truck plans to launch during the first week of March with Italian-American cuisine, says owner Francine Vonfeldt, who counts decades in the food and drink industry in various roles, from bartending to management. “It’s really Americanized versions of things I like to cook,” she says, noting her upbringing in Queens, New York, and her...

Eric Mullen was a stranger in a foreign land. He landed in Sicily on a Saturday, headed to a small town far from the English-speaking tourist circuit, and showed up at the bakery on Monday morning without hardly a lick of Italian. As the head baker showed him how it’s done, Mullen just tried to observe and absorb. “He would bring over a bag of flou...

After it was announced that an Italian chain restaurant was coming to Sioux City last year, Tuesday was the day that Fazoli’s opened its doors to the public. The new Fazoli’s is located at 3327 Singing Hills Blvd, where the former Pizza Hut building was, across from 4 Brothers and Walmart. Fazoli’s is considered an Italian/American fast-casual rest...

Known for its deep-dish pizza, Giordano's is officially headed to Loveland, Colorado, to open a new location. While the Chicago-based restaurant offers to ship a frozen pizza directly to your door, you won't need to ship your pizzas directly from Chicago for much longer. It's expected for the Giordano's Loveland location to open as early as June 20...

The highly anticipated opening of the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Casa Don Alfonso, is now one step closer with the release of menu items and highlights. Located at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton at 100 Carondelet Plaza, the new concept from Italian restaurateur Mario Iaccarino is slated to open next month.  Casa Don Alfonso is Mario Iaccarino’...