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Not often will the church organist play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” But it was fitting Saturday, when a light snow fell as the baseball community said goodbye to its friend John Stella. The 88-year-old died Dec. 1 of complications from leukemia. Known for his devotion to the sport at Omaha South and the American Legion, Stella's funeral at St. F...

Denver city officials said Monday they would not put back up a statue of Christopher Columbus that was torn down by protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020. The fate of the monument – and another of frontiersman Kit Carson that the city pro-actively removed after the Columbus monument was toppled – had been in limbo for years. “The...

If there was a mayor of South Omaha, John Stella was it. The friendly guy with the bushy mustache who seemingly knew everyone died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 88. Stella’s long life revolved around the sport of baseball, a love affair that lasted almost nine decades. He was most devoted to the sport through the American Legion, a...

Cedar Rapids Italian restaurant, Via Sofia's, announced Wednesday that it will be hosting a food drive this holiday season. The community can drop off non-perishable food items like canned goods, pasta, rice, and cereal to one of Via Sofia's two locations at 1125 1st Ave SE or 5411 Center Point Road NE.  All donations received from December 6 to De...

The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities proudly invites you to its 5th Annual Italian Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at Webster University's Community Music School Concert Hall in Webster Groves. The address is of the venue is: 535 Garden Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63119Listen to the magnificent re...

Sarpino’s USA (Sarpino’s), a fast-growing pizza and Italian food delivery franchise, announced today its official expansion into Colorado with the opening of its newest location in Westminster. Marking the brand’s first location in the state, the Denver-area restaurant kicks off a string of expansion led by franchisees Samar Sawaged and Sid Demirov...

All eyes are on Madrina, set to open in the coming weeks inside the former home of CJ Mugg's in Webster Groves (MO). But the details of how the restaurant came together are harder to discern – what’s unfolding at the corner of W. Lockwood and N. Gore Avenues has been built from relationships, trust and respect formed over time. The process created...

"The biggest change is leaving fine dining — which was a little bit of a shock at first, but it's become the best part of the whole project," says chef Jeff Schwing, who was born and raised in the metro area and has spent much of his culinary career working in high-end French restaurants, including Brasserie Brixton and, most recently, celebrity ch...

An authentic Italian grocer right here at Lake of the Ozarks? Che buono! The family-owned Vernetti’s Italian Grocer is now open in Camdenton and offers a variety of staples to fill the pantry, fridge, or a hungry belly. Located in downtown Camdenton, the unique deli and grocery store brings St. Louis Hill flavor to the Lake. Owners Jeff and Kelly V...

Synergy—the idea that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts—was pondered by Aristotle, but for some ambitious restaurateurs, the method has been forged as hospitality. More specifically, wait staff, called “hospitalians” by Bobby Stuckey of Frasca Food and Wine, act as vital, interventionists conveying more than Italian food and wine. As th...

Having launched four fine-dining Café Napoli restaurants (Café Napoli/Bar Napoli, Napoli 2, Napoli III, and Napoli Sea), the Pietoso family has shifted to a more casual format with its latest offering. Napoli Bros. Pizza and Pasta (17084 N. Outer Road, Suite 205) will be located in a prominent 4,800-square-foot space at The Hub at The District of...

Consistency is the “secret sauce” behind the longtime success of A & A Pagliai’s Pizza, according to its founder, who is still involved in the family business after more than six decades. Armond Pagliai, who turned 90 this year, opened the doors to what was then the Pizza Palace in downtown Iowa City in 1962. At its current location at 302 E. Bloom...