Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...

Kansas State University in Italy celebrated its grand opening May 29 in Orvieto, Italy, as the inaugural session of Kansas State University in Italy summer program commenced. The Orvieto mayor's office hosted a joint news conference with the university to celebrate the partnership, confirming the relationship between Kansas State University, Kansas...

Last August, Luciano Mottola’s food truck – a companion business to his popular Italian restaurant in Mulvane – was catering an event. It started to rain hard, and then, it started to flood. His food truck – and much of Mulvane – was quickly submerged. “We’ll be out of action for a while,” said a Facebook post from Aug. 20 that featured pictures of...

I’m sorry that it’s taken me nearly a year to find my way into the artfully-appointed 1889 Pizza Napoletana, the stylish pizzeria created by Kelli and Jason Kolich in Kansas City, Kansas. The venue is located in the NorthWood Shopping Center, the once-dowdy shopping strip that formerly housed a Maj-R Thrift and Discount Store and the eccentric Chin...

The Italian opera "Don Giovanni," with music written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, had a crowded opening night in Crafton-Preyer Theatre Friday, April 21. The opera was the final show of this season for University Theatre. The opera tells the tale of the despicable womanizer Don Giovanni, who was played by actor Carey Eugene Wilson. Giovanni is a cha...

On this very day 100 years ago, the United States made the grave decision to enter a conflict that had brought devastation to Europe for the previous three years. Among the many Americans who joined the front lines was a young reporter from The Kansas City Star: Ernest Hemingway. In 1918, Hemingway was wounded on the battlefields of Italy, an exper...

One of Wichita’s most popular Italian restaurants is expanding with a second location. Marchello’s, a staple at 3107 S. Seneca for two decades, is going to have a sister restaurant at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler. “I was asked by my customers,” owner Mikaeil Afsharpour says about opening a second location. Afsharpour goes by Mickey, though he...

The Soave Automotive Group is proud to announce the acquisition of the Alfa Romeo franchise from the Overland Park Alfa Romeo, Overland Park, Kansas. In acquiring Alfa Romeo, Aristocrat Motors will pair it with Maserati, another Fiat Chrysler of America brand which they currently represent. The franchise will be part of the Aristocrat Motors dealer...

The University of Kansas seeks to fill a visiting assistant professor position (renewable to three semesters, subject to performance review), expected to begin as early as January 1, 2014 in the area of 20th/21st century Italian language, literature, culture, film or related field. This appointment is a non-tenure track, term appointment initially...

by Denise Neil Italian chef Lidia Bastianich is one of the rare food celebrities who has a restaurant close enough for Wichitans to visit regularly. Her Lidia's Kansas City at 101 W. 22nd St. in Kansas City, Mo., serves homey Italian dishes in an upscale setting.   Bastianich, 68, is also a television star and cookbook author, and she's mak...