When Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World around the Bahamas he may have heard the native word "barbacoa" to describe local's way of slow cooking meat.   In Fort Smith there is a loose connection between the Italians and barbecue in the form of two relatively new restaurants.   Read more   Source: http://swtimes.c...

Those passing through Tontitown in late July will be met with the aroma of homemade pasta, spaghetti sauce and tradition wafting from the kitchen in the parish hall of St. Joseph Church in preparation for the historic Grape Festival.   Steeped in Italian heritage, the festival began as a picnic of thanksgiving for immigrant families who had...

Chris Dorer, local resident and historian of Little Italy, was approached by the publishers of Arcadia Publishing to do a pictorial book on the community of Little Italy's early days, pre-1970. From the Arcadia website: "The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Each title features mor...

The venerable and distinguished University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum kicks off its 2014-15 concert season with music from Glorious Venice. The Schola Cantorum will be joined on stage by brass choirs, harpsichord, and baroque orchestra as they present four unique settings of the Gloria from the golden age of Venetian music. The 16-voice, four-cho...

By Jan Cottingham On an uncommonly pleasant August afternoon, two workers labored to perfect the stain on a handsome wood bar facing the entrance of Bruno's Little Italy, while others painted a few yards away.   Gio Bruno excitedly noted that a metal railing separating the restaurant from the pavement on Main Street had been erected in the...

Grace L. Rossi Zyck (nee Granato) died this week at the age of 102 and was the last child of the original settlers to Little Italy (Alta Villa) in 1915.   The Granato family was one of the five original families of Alta Villa. Roger Rossi, her son, discovered our website and corresponds from Illinois. Two of his aunts were born in Little Ita...

by Greg Bischof   Nearly 14 years ago, Zapata's Mexican restaurateurs traveled north from Shreveport to carved out a wedge of business in Texarkana, Ark. And now some Italian restaurateurs are doing the same.    Verona, a soon-to-be Italian fine dining restaurant, recently took up residency at 212 East Broad St.—the for...

Il Circolo Italiano is proud to host the third annual Italian Heritage Month Movie Night. Come celebrate with them on Columbus Day by watching Emanuele Crialese's critically acclaimed film Nuovomondo! This film tells the story of a poor family from southern Italy and their dreams of emigrating to the New World in the early 20th century.   Th...

If you think that the story of the Italian explorers and the territory now called "United States of America" stops at Cristoforo Colombo and Amerigo Vespucci, you probably never heard about Giovanni Caboto (the fact that English is the language spoken in the US can be directly attributed to England's claims in North America, based on his voyages),...

The 58-seat pizzeria Roger and Sandra Cappucci opened in September of 2015 in Harrison that focuses on Neapolitan pies now has a broader menu serving Southern Italian fare. "People were asking us for more than just pizza," says Roger. The new offerings are dishes from Roger's grandmother, 87-year-old Nanna Giovanna.    "I grew up i...