Another controversial statue has been torn down in Denver. The 15-foot bronze sculpture in Civic Center Park was designed by Denver sculptor William F. Joseph. It has a four-sided human figure encircled in rings and symbolizes the globe. It’s titled "In Honor of Christopher Columbus." Video shows people attempting to pull the structure down Thursda...

Wednesday marked 50 years since the dedication of a statue in Denver's Civic Center to Christopher Columbus, though it may not stay that way for long. "We are right now working with Arts and Venues to look at the history of that statue," Mayor Michael Hancock said to reporters at a news conference amid calls from protest leaders to remove the statu...

Restauranteur and owner Frank Scibelli calls Little Mama’s a “prequel” to Mama Ricotta’s, a Charlotte staple since it opened in 1992. The new Italian-American restaurant is a representation of the restaurants Scibelli and partners Stephanie Kalish and Tom Dyrness remember dining at while growing up in the Northeast in the ’60s and ’70s. And you can...

In 2021, when the pandemic will hopefully be behind us, one building on the two-block site that forms the Denver Art Museum turns 50. Its age is significant but its architect even more so: Gio Ponti. Furthermore, it’s the late Italian designer’s only completed building in North America, a commission he received in 1965 when he was 74. Breaking with...

The Pueblo Sister City Commission is working with Mayor Nick Gradisar and Pueblo Rotary 43 to raise funds for one of Europe’s most affected cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Masks, ventilators, drugs — those are the primary things needed to treat people who have it and are still being cured," said Michael Salardino, president of the Pueblo Sist...

A spot on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives translates into an almost guaranteed increase in foot traffic for restaurants fortunate enough to receive a visit from the spiky-haired one himself, Guy Fieri. But Bill Miner, owner of Il Porcellino Salumi, at 4324 West 41st Avenue in the Berkeley neighborhood, realizes that maybe the timing isn'...

Michael A. Occhiato is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Professional in the field of Politics and Consulting as a Municipal Official Independent Consultant and the Owner of Occhiato Land and Cattle, LLC.        Mr. Occhiato has had a wide range of experiences, showcasing his remarkable aptitude to excel in leadership positions. In...

In continuing the series on the lives of my great-grandparents, I bring you the story of how in 1893 my Italian great-grandfather, Michele Lombardi, arrived in the United States at the age of 9 with his mother. The following is in his own words, from the “Rambling Episode” he wrote in 1969 about his life. “We went by train from Isernia to Naples an...

Elvis, or at least a very reasonable facsimile, was in the house, as were 21 high-achieving students of Italian heritage who received a leg up on their higher education journey. In its 21st year, the Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 Scholarship and Citizen of the Year Gala once again a drew a capacity gallery of 450 to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Confere...

Colorado is one pen stroke away from abolishing Columbus Day. The state legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill that would replace Columbus Day with a new state holiday, on the first Monday of October, in honor of Frances Xavier Cabrini. It is believed that the proposed Cabrini Day would be the first paid state holiday recognizing a woman...