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...

Pizza making at Rusciano's Authentic Taste of Napoli, North Liberty's newest pizza restaurant, is a savory science that has been passed down for decades in Naples, Italy. Rusciano's co-owner and executive chef Gennaro Rusciano, a Naples native who emigrated from Italy in 2016, knows pizza like the back of his dough-flipping hands. His starter dough...

A fire ignites inside a small kitchen buried deep in Baroncini Ristorante Italiano, the heat is sweltering, and the chef’s face glows as he prepares Italian delicacies for a sold-out venue. The banquet was a part of the Hancher Culinary Arts Experience, which took place in the Stanley Café Wednesday evening. The event features renowned local restau...

The smell of fresh bread, pasta and cannolis made from scratch is likely to start wafting through Muscatine's downtown and the new Merrill Hotel and Conference Center, starting next week. Mamma Mia Italian Restaurante will open on the first floor of The Pearl building, 101 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine. Brothers and co-owners, Feim and Gony Vesel...

When Frances Grego Krull thinks of Sioux City's Turin Inn -- a popular supper club owned by her grandparents Charlie and Mary Chide Prochelo from the 1920s to 1960s -- she remembers the stand-up comics who would headline every evening and the beautiful showgirls who would bring down the curtains by dancing to "Lullaby of Broadway." Mostly, she reme...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will be continuing their annual fundraising dinner with An Evening in Sicily to be held at the Embassy Club downtown Des Moines on November 9, 2017. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is divided into nine provinces. The region of Sicily, which has even earned the nickname “God’s Ki...

Happy Columbus Day to you. I know. I’m early. Columbus Day is Monday. Or maybe I’m several years too late. For the past several years, there has been a growing consensus among liberals that the arrival of Christopher Columbus to this continent should not be celebrated. It should be mourned. The European migration that followed led to the destructio...

This replaces Columbus Day with the new holidays on any county calendars, schedules and administrative materials. Starting in 2019, the second Monday in October will be observed as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day, according to a motion passed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Late Tuesday night, council members vote...

DOVE sono Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom e Charley, Il debole della volontà, la forza del braccio, il clown, il boozer, il combattente? Tutti, tutti, dormono sulla collina. You don’t recognize those famous lines from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology?” You would if you lived in Italy, where the man and his work have been studied and admired for g...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is focusing on the regions of Veneto and Sicily this year. For the last eight years, the cultural hall at the festival educates people on different regions by foods, clothing, and crafts. A few chefs will be cooking up foods from both Veneto and Sicily, so people can experience the different tastes. Ex...