We are three weeks away from the start of a more than 120-year tradition - the Tontitown Grape Festival. Preparation started Monday (July 15) for the unforgettable spaghetti dinners. Every year families come together to start preparing for the annual Grape Festival. They start by making pasta. People like Marjie Ceola have been doing this for more...

Documentarian Matteo Zengaro ’19 received an Arkansas Traveler Certificate for helping preserve Italian-American culture in the Delta through his short films, “Con Gusto!” and “I Sopravvissuti,” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to kick off the second annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, held in late April at the Clinton Pr...

The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society museum is now open on weekends (Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 12 noon - 4pm) and hope you will come by to sign our guest book and enjoy learning about the only Italian Enclave in Central Arkansas, our beloved Little Italy! Our museum shop is also open and we have postcards, books, pins, and other items. I...

A mosaic made of thousands of hand-cut Murano glass tiles fills the walls of an alcove in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's sanctuary. The new artwork — centered with an image of Christ with St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St. James the First Bishop of Jerusalem and St. Basil the Great — was installed in April in time for the Gr...

The Italian Food and Cultural Festival kicked off this weekend. Among the tents, KATV found a group that's making a difference in the community. The culinary instructor for Food Jobs Work said that the group has a special mission: to help underprivileged adults entering the workforce. They have an eight-week program that trains students and prepare...

The Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival is April 26, 27, and 28 at the grounds of the Clinton Presidental Center. You can expect food from The Pantry, The Rock Brick Oven Pizza, the Coolest Cotton Candy, Repicci’s Ice, Low Ivy, Raduno, Maria Carpenter, Mem Pops from Memphis, Tennessee, Sauce(d), Vino’s, 42 Bar & Table at the Clinton Presiden...

A historical marker on the lawn of Our Lady of the Lake Church along oxbow Lake Chicot's shoreline sums up a melancholy episode from the end of the 19th century: "In 1895, Austin Corbin, a New York banker and land developer, working with immigration officials, brought 100 families from north central Italy to grow cotton at Sunnyside, a plantation l...

Americans of Italian descent may not dominate the population in Arkansas — according to Statistical Atlas, only 1.6 percent of the state’s residents report Italian ancestry — but you couldn’t tell by two events in April. The opening of the Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society Museum, also known as the the Little Italy Museum, and the Arkansas Ita...

Little Italy lost its patriarch today. John Dal Santo passed away this morning. He turned 99 years old yesterday. He was an extraordinary man and anyone who ever met him was drawn to his magnificent generosity and gift of storytelling. Born in Caltrano, Italy, March 29, 1920, he immigrated to the US in 1930. In 1941 he travelled to Little Italy wit...

Happy February and welcome back to “Boomtown Eats!” We hope you enjoyed last month’s feature of El Dorado’s own E&R – we are still remembering those potato wedges – and we hope that everyone has had a chance to check out E&R for themselves. This month we are turning to another downtown El Dorado establishment – directly across from Sports Alley and...