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"Prayers were answered," current state lodge president Dan Matuella said. It's been almost two and a half years since a kitchen fire destroyed the historic gathering place and restaurant on 10th Street. The rebuild still isn't finished. Construction was delayed and eventually stopped altogether when funds ran out. "It was so stressful and it requir...

In 1973, a 21-year-old Jerry Carbone agreed to run his father’s small pizza shop after the manager was shown the door. Carbone quickly turned around the shop, which was at Smith Avenue and Curtice Street on St. Paul’s West Side. But he had worked long hours — every day. “It started making a profit,” Jerry recalled this week. “And then my dad found...

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of living the Italian lifestyle — connecting with family and friends over simple but delicious food under the Tuscan sun? Maybe you’ve experienced la dolce vita firsthand on visits to Italy and want to recreate the memories here at home. No matter what about la grande vita captures you, you can embrace it with the functi...

Gianluca Busio might have been ready to leave home at age 14 to pursue a career as a professional soccer player. But his parents weren't prepared to let him go. “I don't know if it was denial as much as just flat-out refusal to even entertain the idea of him going away,” said his mother, Dr. Dionne Sills Busio. “I was very much against it. I though...

Spinelli’s Sauce Company is proud to share its bold new look rooted with inspiration from Italy — celebrating with vibrant colors, fresh ingredients, and classic flavors of their recipes. “We partnered with Ellen Bruss Designs to create a feel that will really set our products apart from the competition. Our new labels celebrate not only the tradit...

You know how much fun it is to watch your babies grow up? It’s bittersweet but also empowering to see them take on the world. That has to be how Laura Norris feels now that her baby, formerly known as Cucina Della Ragazza, has reopened to great fanfare as Ragazza Food & Wine at 4301 Main St. in midtown Kansas City. When Norris opened the Italian re...

As a young boy growing up in Alzano Lombardy, Italy, baseball wasn’t on Leonardo Seminati’s radar. It was hardly on anyone’s radar in his northern Italian town. Seminati’s family would regularly attend "sporting events," where teams from various sports would promote their clubs. Then, out of the blue, a baseball club set up shop. Seminati was about...

The outdoor world is meeting in Denver, CO, for the largest trade fair in North America this week – Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, leaders in the production of warp knitted and circular knitted fabrics, will exhibit at the show, presenting the excellence of Made in Italy fabrics for the world of sports and outdoor. Ca...

The Italians who settled in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri more than a century ago were a tight knit community. They enjoyed working hard and socializing over good wine and food – much of which was grown and prepared locally. Over the years, this region fondly became known as “Little Italy of the Ozarks.” St. James Winery and Public House...

If there were an official food of Iowa Falls – a signature dish – surely it would be Rocky’s Pizza. And if the Scenic City had an icon, it would almost certainly be the man who tossed that pizza dough in the air. The one who made friends with everyone he encountered, and who, after more than a decade of service in local government, was still fierce...

The year 1986 they sang for a women’s curling banquet, the Rotary Club, Alice Nettell Tower and a Babbitt restaurant. Then a township officers banquet, an investment club, Italian Day at Ironworld and the Ely Blueberry Festival, followed by a bocce ball banquet, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mountain Iron, a Columbus Day celebration at the Elks...

St. Michael Catholic Church will host its second annual St. Anthony Festival celebration at 9 a.m. June 23 at 1029 College Ave. The event includes mass, followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament and statues of saints while praying the rosary. A spaghetti dinner prepared by the Sons of Italy will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the...