Sapori Italiani, a European-style pizzeria run by one of the most prestigious chefs in North America, will open to the public Monday. The restaurant, opening in the former home of Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza at 1620 S. Kellogg Ave., has a menu of meat and cheese boards, salads, calzones, stromboli, paninis, pastas and pizzas, generally run between $9...

A space inside the Freight House marketplace near Davenport’s riverfront will soon offer something new: A taste of Antonella’s Ristorante & Pizza. The Sicilian restaurant that has served pastas and pizzas in Davenport since 2002 is planning to open a second, more casual, location in the space formerly housed by the Quad-Cities Food Hub, which close...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will present their 21st annual St Joseph Altar celebration on Sunday, March 18 and Monday, March 19. Doors will open at 5:00PM, with the program  beginning 5:30PM. The blessing of the altar and a traditional Lenten meal will take place on Sunday evening. All day visitation is Monday, with refreshments at...

Napoli's Italian Ristorante owners prepare old-world recipes with a modern twist and were chosen by customers in 2017 as having the best Italian food. When brothers Johnny and Gony Qerimi began their Marion family-owned, fine-dining establishment at 500 Marion Blvd. seven years ago on Valentine's Day, they looked to their deep Sicilian roots when m...

Chuck Lacona motored around the Drake neighborhood on a three-wheel Cushman cart while clutching a CB radio. As the orders rolled in, the CB buzzed and he rushed large cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizzas to his customers.  It was 1963. Mama Lacona's sold pizzas this way for 15 years. "He had a CB inside his restaurant," said Vanessa Lacona Devine,...

Nel quadro delle attività promozionali del quinto Summit mondiale di SelectUSA (area di Washington, D.C., 20-22 giugno 2018) Il Consolato Generale degli USA a Milano organizza tre seminari informativi sugli investimenti negli Stati Uniti che si svolgeranno a Torino (27 febbraio ‘18), Verona (28 febbraio ‘18) e Firenze (1 marzo ‘18) e che vedranno l...

Bill and Pam Valentino have moved their Italian restaurant, Billy Vee’s, from Panora to West Des Moines. The couple opened Dec. 8 in an old house on Fifth Street in Valley Junction that formerly housed Tres Amigos Mexican Restaurant. Billy Vee’s seats about 60 in five dining rooms on the main floor of the house, said Pam Valentino. The menu include...

The Department of French and Italian in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at The University of Iowa seeks a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian for the 2018-19 academic year. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach introductory and intermediate language courses as well as literary and cultural surve...

“Life comes at you fast,” certainly not a new adage, and at times can come off a bit cliched. But the turn of phrase still has its basis in truth, particularly when it comes to being first-time restaurant owners and operators. When Cilino’s opened its door for the first time Dec. 17, for a short three-hour soft opening ahead of their grand opening...

This year’s celebration will begin Sunday, December 10th at 3:00PM with the lighting of the Christmas fire, a candlelight procession to the altar of St Lucy, followed by a prayer service for those who have departed in 2017. Ragazzi Italian Folk Dancers will perform 2 Christmas dances. Traditional “cuccia” will be served. Open to the public, free of...