By Carrie Rengers   The west Wichita Ciao Italian Kitchen has closed. "People talk about always wanting to sponsor local business, but they don't," says managing member Guillermo Perez-Munoz. "That's certainly how I felt."   Perez-Munoz says his east-side Ciao will remain open. He says he feels more support there than he did...

By Angie Haflich   A taste of Italy — authentic Italy — is coming to downtown Garden City in the form of a new Italian restaurant, one unique to western Kansas that promises a variety of offerings. The anticipated opening of Giardino, which fittingly enough means "garden" in Italian, is two to three weeks away.   Located in the f...

by Carrie Rengers   Rita has proven to be such a popular gal in Wichita, she's getting a second place here. Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisees Jeff and Jay Miller are opening their second Rita's Italian Ice next to their Five Guys downtown on East Douglas just east of Washington.   "We're planning on it being open early spri...

Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, is continuing its expansion in the Midwest and seeking franchisees to join its team for the Kansas and Missouri territory. Rita's, which began more than 30 years ago in Philadelphia, has been aggressively expanding across the United States with locations from coa...

by Mark Kanny   For someone who's recently won a Grammy and whose career is thriving, trumpeter Chris Botti remains pretty levelheaded. He's completely into his music, but remains the kind of person who acknowledges his humble beginnings.   "I am one of the most fortunate people in the music industry," says Botti, who performs at...

di Paolo Battaglia   Ripartiamo dal Missouri per la tappa di trasferimento più lunga del nostro viaggio: tra due giorni ci attende Denver, la città più italiana del Wild West. Fin dalla metà dell'Ottocento, gli italiani si sono spinti fino al Colorado che, tra l'altro, ha dato i natali a uno dei più grandi letterati di origine italo american...

By Sarah Gooding A hearty helping of Italian food and culture was dished up by Miners Hall Museum this fall as the museum featured an exhibit on Italians in Southeast Kansas. Accompanying the display were events celebrating the heritage and food, beginning with antipasto to whet the appetites at the members-only opening in October, continuing wit...

The AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 (9 pm ET, ESPN/UniMas/TSN/RDS, live chat on MLSsoccer.com) will be stop number one on a three-game preseason swing through North America for Serie A's AS Roma, but one club legend insists that the quality of talent on the field – on both sides – will make the encounter much more than a simple preseason frie...

by Philip Warren   With the recent closure of two local Italian restaurants, Luca and Bocconcini, Wichitans are left with fewer choices for getting a pasta fix. One of the remaining options is Marchello's, a family-run operation on South Seneca. While it does not replace the upscale menus that Luca and Bocconcini offered, it serves up s...

GearUp, Inc. signed an agreement to distribute a new bike rack system called Figo in the U.S. Peruzzo s.r.l. of Rossano Veneto, Italy, manufactures the rack.   The Figo is named for the Italian slang term for "cool." The patented bike storage and display rack offers an infinite number of ways to store a bike and comes in different colors. Wi...