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The Order of the Sons of Italy Lodge #1309 is offering their annual $500 Scholarship to Salida High School Seniors. The local lodge offers the scholarship every spring to graduates of Salida High School or Horizons Exploratory Academy, to be used towards college or a trade/vocational school.  Students must be graduating this May, 2024 and must be o...

When Littleton local John Rosa was a child, he used to write comic books. He also wrote for his student newspapers in middle and high school. He went on to become a journalist, even working as an editor at Colorado Community Media. Now, Rosa has come full circle back to fiction. He’s taken his creative mind and writing skills to the next level in h...

When Sam Di Mauro describes a random day at Andy’s Shoe Repair, it sounds like the setup of a joke. A nun walks into the store. Next comes a Hells Angels biker. And finally a priest. On any given day, Di Mauro never knows who will need him to fix their shoes next. It could be Taylor Swift with a pair of boots before a concert in Omaha in 2011. Or t...

Diners twirl their gold forks around strands of pasta, sipping boozy Negronis under candlelight in Florence, Italy. Or — almost Florence. The embossed plaques, ornamented ceilings and marble tables paint the illusion that the small crowd is lounging in a high-end European restaurant. But past heavy curtains, cars zip down 18th Street in Kansas City...

Have you been to Marengo, Iowa lately? A town of 2,500 situated just north of Highway 80, featuring a National Register of Historic Places listed courthouse, a Carnegie library, and a venerable cemetery with a Civil War memorial, it is intricately connected to French history, just like Iowa City, which developed out of a settlement named Napoleon....

Little Italy Foundation launches Little Italy Midwest and offers free memberships for all Italian Americans living in the Midwest. The Little Italy Foundation was founded in 2021 by founder Jennifer Caito-Ellingson for the purpose of saving the Little Italy enclave in the Des Moines Iowa area. However, in her leadership with other Italian American...

Porchetta might translate from Italian to “little pig,” but the traditional dish—skin-on pork belly wrapped around a boneless loin and slow-roasted for hours—requires big effort. “You cook it on a spit, and then [to get the skin crispy], you ladle super-hot oil over it,” says AJ Paloni, chef-owner of the 10-month-old Porchetta House, a lunch-to-lat...

When it comes to a classic in Colorado Springs, grandma’s secret dough recipe has left its mark on a whole lot of people. At P74: The Downtown Panino’s there is family tradition both in the menu and in the owners. Christina Frasca took over the business from her father Mike Frasca in 2017. By her side is her husband Bobby Lashwood who learned the s...

As evening falls outside Café Astoria in St. Paul, a dozen or so tables are set with linens and vintage Chinaware underneath dimmed lighting. Three nights a week, the locally-owned coffee shop and crêperie moonlights as an intimate, full-service Italian restaurant. For Chef John Occhiato, who owns Café Astoria alongside his life-and-business partne...

An Iowa State chemistry professor who grew up in Italy has turned a family recipe for limoncello into an award-winning business. Sara Pistolesi is co-founder of IA-Native Spirits, which produces Lemoncello 50010 based on her grandmother Maria Pia Murzi’s recipe. That recipe was passed down to her mom, Tiziana Bernotti, and then to Sara herself. “I...

Luxury Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta has landed in Aspen with the Dec. 8 opening of its boutique at 428 E. Hyman Ave. The design of the store embraces Aspen’s Rocky Mountain surroundings with ceiling beams in Aspen wood veneer, a neutral color scheme of white, cream, grey, and beige, Aspen tree-inspired clothing racks, and soft seating areas...

The Cathedral of St. Paul recently discovered some of the treasured history behind its artwork. It starts with a teenage sculptor from Italy who traveled to the capital city in the early 1900s. His grandsons are now sharing untold stories about an artist remembered as the cathedral's Michelangelo. The Capecchi cousins — Jerry and brothers Mark and...