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The Santa Lucia Festival is celebrating 100 years in Omaha this year. The cultural event that highlights Italian-American history and heritage begins Aug. 1. This year, the festival committee is leading an effort to gather 500 new pairs of athletic shoes for children whose families might not be able to afford such an expense. Boxes of new sneakers...

Spaghetti and Meatballs. Mostaccioli and Meatballs. Pasta with Italian Sausage. Consider it a veritable plethora of pasta—all yours to enjoy by the heaping forkful at the Sons & Daughters of Italy Lodge. Located on S 10th Street, the community dinners served at this old-fashioned food hall pay homage to Omahans with Italian heritage. But you don’t...

“Suor Angelica” produced by Out of The Box Opera and the Basilica of Saint Mary, 2 p.m. Saturday. The Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N 17th St., Minneapolis, MN. Tickets: $101. With “Suor Angelica,” Out of the Box Opera guides its audience through three different spaces within the Basilica of Saint Mary. It’s a credit to artistic director David Lefkowi...

What do Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola, Frank Crespi and Jim Pisoni have in common? The four baseball legends have been immortalized on a mural in Cuggiono, Italy! All four were born during the period 1918 to 1929 on “The Hill”, the Italian American neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, to parents who had emigrated from western Lombardy. During the late...

Rosso Pomodoro, Italy’s largest Neapolitan pizza franchise, announces the launch of franchise opportunities in the United States. Founded in Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza, in 1998, the Milan-based pizza chain has expanded globally to 70 locations in Italy and 140 locations worldwide including the operation of highly demanding restaurants i...

With just two days left in Italy’s 2023 school year, Pietro Setti was finally informed where he would study abroad: Lone Tree, Iowa, nearly 5,000 miles away from home. Despite the short notice, the distance and the fact Setti had no say where he would go, he was nothing but excited. “I know that traveling is very fun, discovering new places and new...

Lead was once the second largest city in South Dakota and the largest west river. At the time, the mining hub brought people from all around the world. The city’s annual Hidden Treasures Heritage Festival focuses on one historic community each year - and in 2024, Italian culture will be at the forefront. “We have so much history here” Lead City Pla...

I’ve been in on The Italian Sausage Company from the very beginning. I’ve written about their incredible collaboration with James Chang and one of their many specials. Well, they’ve done it again. Michelle and Joe Brancato are the couple who run everything from baking fresh bread, making their own Italian sausage, and even handling their own market...

When I first took over, every phone call I'd receive would say, ‘I’m looking for the owner, is he there?’ They would always act so surprised that there was a woman in charge in the meat business,” recalls Diana Payne, owner of Canino's Sausage Company.Known to many as the Sausage Queen of Denver, Payne has been the sole owner of Canino’s since 1989...

Sports found Vic Lombardi. And he has spent his adult life finding ways to make it more fun and interesting for the rest of us. The son of Italian immigrants Ezio and Bambina, Lombardi did not speak English until around the age of 7. He remembers watching neighborhood kids play football, not knowing the rules, but joining the game anyway. “It was m...

A second location for coal-fired pizza from Brooklyn opened in the Des Moines metro on Friday. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria debuted at West Glen Town Center in the former Club Envy space. Zach Baldwin said he first tasted Grimaldi’s pizza in New York City and really liked it. Then he ate Grimaldi’s again in Arizona, and he said the quality and taste were th...

An eagerly expected addition to downtown Columbia's restaurant scene is now open. Endwell Taverna, which promises New York-style pizza, pasta and more, opened over the weekend at 107 N. Ninth St. Opening-week hours (minus Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed) are: - Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Aperitivo: 4 to 5 p.m.; aperitivo is defined as a drink...