By David Gerhold Bringing the true flair of Italy to the citizens of Ames — that is the goal that owner Alessandro Andreoni has for his new Italian restaurant called Plus39 that opened Saturday, Nov. 30, on Stange Road in Somerset in Ames. "Everything we offer here is 100 percent Italian. Nothing is Americanized or pre-cooked," Andreoni said. "We...

by Lionel Bottari   There's a considerable number of Italian-themed festivals that occur during the warmer months, and I've been to quite a few. But none of them have quite the feel of Italy like the one held deep in the cornfields of southern Iowa every June.   There is a flavor in the small town Italian "feste" that is provided by t...

An Italian company says it has reached an agreement to build a $56 million wind farm in central Iowa with the capacity to generate 30 megawatts of energy.   Building Energy SPA said its subsidiary, Building Energy Wind Iowa, will provide $23 million of the project cost, with Capital One Bank kicking in $33 million.   Read more  ...

Pasta-maker Barilla Group has announced plans for a $26.5 million expansion at its Ames production plant to add two new production lines dedicated to making gluten-free pasta. In a news release Friday, Barilla said construction is slated to begin in late March, and production is expected to start by October. The expansion will create 23 new jobs....

A 115-year-old woman in Iowa has become the world's oldest living person.Guinness World Records posted on its website Wednesday that Dina Manfredini of Johnston has inherited the title after Bessie Cooper of Georgia died Tuesday. Cooper was 116.Guinness officials provided few details about the latest record holder. Manfredini was born on April 4, 1...

by C. Acevedo Marino's is a mom-and-pop spaghetti joint with a solid command of old-fashioned Italian fare. In that respect, it earns three stars. But Marino's deserves five huge stars for its virtuoso dessert: the gorgeously luscious, worth-a-trip tiramisu.   Owners John and Ellen Marino moved the longtime restaurant earlier this year...

By Pete Fontaine Last month, Peter A. Goneconte, president of the Young Pannese Social Club, an Italian-American organization founded in 1912, joined Administrator Gerry Coulliard and Johnston residents Elly and Vinny Palumbo to present Donna Russillo, Chief of Voluntary Services at the Veterans Administration Medal Center in Providence and an alu...

A very popular flip chart at our past festivals has been the Wedding Album Display. Some of the pictures in the large album date back to the early 1900′s and others are more recent. The first album is complete and we are now gathering photographs for a second album flip chart.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and attendees of the 16th annual St. Joseph Altar Celebration, held at the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa on March 18th and 19th, 2013. Doors opened at 5:30 PM on Monday, March 18th. Msgr. Frank Chiodo, pastor of St. Anthony parish in Des Moines, blessed the altar following the children's "tupa tupa" (k...

The Italian American Heritage Festival enters its second day in Gateway Park on Saturday. Italian entertainment and cuisine are highlights of the fourth annual celebration.   "With more space than ever before, we have added additional entertainment acts, expanded our cultural exhibits, enhanced our activity offerings to include everyone in...