A popular Italian restaurant has reopened after a fire forced it to close just before Christmas last year. Lunardi's held their soft re-opening Wednesday evening. The restaurant had been closed since December of last year. The owner says he was overwhelmed by the community support and is excited to see people back in the restaurant. "I'm so happy t...

Family, friends and longtime customers are remembering a legendary Dubuque business owner. Mario Bertolini, 73, owned Mario's Italian Restaurant in downtown Dubuque. He died Wednesday evening. With recipes straight from Italy, Mario's Italian restaurant has been a mainstay in Dubuque for almost 40 years. "Word of mouth I think. A lot of people know...

Ciao’s Italian Restaurant opened its doors to customers Thursday just months after its new owner took over the building’s lease. The restaurant at 217 S. Duff Ave., is Italian-themed with standard Italian chicken, seafood and pasta dishes and seats about 100 customers. Owner Tony Avdiu said all the items are made from scratch and bread is baked ear...

Italian Organist Renato Negri will play in the United States for the first time during the opening concert of the 2017 Iowa Falls Summer Organ Recital Series on Sunday. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s By-the Bridge Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Oak and Railroad Streets.  Negri is organist at Church of San Francesco da...

There’s a robust family atmosphere that fills Sal Vitale’s and Sons, with the same richness and flavor of their Italian food. The authentic Sicilian restaurant at 1010 Park Ave. has been a family tradition since opening in 1984, said owner Salvatore Vitale, beaming with jocularity and pride as he speaks about it. “It’s all about the quality, and...

Marco’s Pizza, recently recognized as America’s favorite pizza company, is targeting the greater Des Moines area for growth. The company has announced plans to introduce 15 locations through strategic franchise partnerships. To drive development efforts in the market, Marco’s Pizza’s leadership team is hosting a town hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, J...

For classic Naples-inspired Italian food, stop by Red Rossa Napoli Pizza in Clive. Their pizza surprises most newcomers. "It's not what you expect. Most of the time it has to be eaten with a fork and knife," said John Hutchinson, director of operations. "You can't fold it like normal." The restaurant seats 75 and offers pizzas people won't find els...

Representatives from Italian business and government joined state leaders in marking the beginning of operations for the Story County Wind Farm Wednesday. The farm is primarily run by Building Energy, a renewable power company based in Milan, Italy, in cooperation with Des Moines-based energy firm Optimum Renewables. The $58 million project include...

A & A Pagliai's Pizza in Iowa City was named as having the best pizza in the state of Iowa by USA TODAY College. The article, written by Lauren Kruchten of North Carolina State University, first appeared in Spoon University, an online food publication that curates its content from student food journalists. An Iowa City tradition, A & A Pagliai's pi...

Although the Pannese Society of Rhode Island is small in numbers, the Johnston-based Italian-American non-profit is now the state’s leader in International Student Cultural Exchanges. That became fact Tuesday when four Johnston High School students, who were armed with knowledge of the Italian language and customs, boarded a Peter Pan Bus Company m...