Nicola Vaccari may have been born and raised in Italy, trained with NATO in Canada and spent time parking celebrities' cars in Beverly Hills, but for more than 50 years the man known as Northeast Arkansas' "Grandfather of Aviation" made his home in Walnut Ridge. Vaccari, who passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 88, began his aviation career as a memb...

Little Italy's history received recognition today from the Pulaski County Historical Society. An article highlighting Little Italy's role in Prohibition was awarded the 2017 F. Hampton Roy Award for best research article. It will be published in the Spring edition of the Pulaski County Historical Society's journal.

In our journey to discover Italy in the 50 states, today we dive between the Delta Italians, our compatriots who with great effort and sacrifice settled in the wide area of the delta of the Mississippi River, which gives its name to the Magnolia State. The adventures of the Delta Italians described by Paul Canonici's books are intriguing and instru...

Originally called Alta Villa (the “high place”), Little Italy was settled in 1915 by a group of northern Italian immigrants who came to Arkansas looking for an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Though smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, like Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy’s centralized location and skilled winemakers...

One of the keys to the 19-year success of Zaffino's by Nori is Nori. The owner greets all diners warmly, her accent making it clear she's an Italian immigrant. She seems to know many more people than not, and she works the room unobtrusively.   Lori, Nori's daughter-in-law, was our waitress on a recent Wednesday evening, and she told us many...

It may be cold outside, but that isn't stopping the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force canvassers from gathering needed signatures on the petition this Fall and Winter, a necessary step in the bid to become an official state recognized town.   Support of at least 200 voters living within the proposed boundary is needed before presenting t...

By Ed Marcum   An upscale Italian restaurant will be joining Knoxville's dining lineup when Merelli's Italian Cuisine opens in Bearden later this summer. Misty Mills said Friday that she and co-owner Rocky Davis, are shooting for a soft opening of the establishment, probably in late July.   Executive Chef Tom Porter, whose cookin...

The Little Italy Incorporation Task Force yesterday delivered its petition for Little Italy to become an official town in Arkansas to the Pulaski County Courthouse with 235 residents signing in favor of the efforts. Under Arkansas law, a minimum of 200 qualified voters' signatures was required before the petition could be submitted.   "The L...

Oswald Zuegg, the main stakeholder of family-owned Verona-based fruit processing business Zuegg, has purchased 28% of the company's shares from three other family members thus obtaining full control over the firm.   He now aims to expand Zuegg’s presence in the United States: “It is hard to concentrate efforts on business growth and to accom...

Tom Caldarera, Jr. and his son Joe, both restaurateurs in Fort Smith, will share their Italian family history Sunday at the Clayton House, 514 N. Sixth St.   Like towns throughout the American South, Fort Smith received waves of immigrants leaving crowded cities of the east in the decades following the Civil War. Immigration peaked as railro...