by Carrie Rengers   As Rita's Italian Ice franchisees Jeff and Jay Miller expand the concept in Kansas, Wichitans have an opportunity to try the ice for free on Friday. It's a 23-year tradition for the Philadelphia-based Rita's to give away its flavored ice to celebrate the first day of spring.   Last year, the Millers' first Rit...

By Sara Shepherd Megan Jones first saw a picture of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in a high school history textbook, but moved on after being told they wouldn't be on the test. As a sophomore at Indiana University, assigned to write about something in the university's rare book library, she came across the intriguing figures again. Thi...

The Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian, term position, for the 2015-2016 academic year, with an option to be renewed. Completed PhD by August 2015 preferred, ABD considered.   Native or near-native proficiency in Italian required. Generalist with abilit...

Major League Soccer All-Star coach Peter Vermes, whose day job coaching Sporting Kansas City, did not look like a man who had just watched his squad lose a game 3-1. Partly it was because it was an all-star game, but mostly it was because his city came through with shining colors Wednesday during the All-Stars' 3-1 loss to Italian team AS Roma...

by Chad Lawhorn   For some of us, our experience with Italian food doesn't go much beyond spaghetti, all-you-can-eat breadsticks and a carb-induced nap that usually ends with the waiter waking you up to tell you more breadsticks have arrived. But that's not the only type of Italian food that is popular. Lawrence is going to get a taste of an...

Soccer is growing in the US, where generally sport has a critical role in the education of the young Americans.   As we think that this is one of the things Italy should import from the US, we're happy to talk to Stefano Radio, CEO and Co-founder of College Life Italia: a wonderful project made by Italians who now live in the US, that brings Ital...

There won't be a secret door or password, but Jason-Paul Febres is opening a tapas bar disguised as a speakeasy of sorts across from his Taste & See in Old Town.   "We're going to be modern in a throwback way, so I think it's going to be a beautiful fusion," he says. Gianni Bacci's will open at 301 N. Washington, at the northwest corner...

Italian immigrants entered the Great Plains first as missionaries such as Fra Marco da Nizza (1495-1558) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), and later as adventurers such as Count Leonetto Cipriani (1816-1888) and Italian American Charles Siringo (1855-1928).   Since Italy was not a unified country until the Risorgimento (1860-70), early...

Jack Fasciano has settled on a spot for his Angelo's Wichita Bake @ Home Italian Foods – the former Toni D's space in Carriage Parkway, 650 N. Carriage Parkway. He expects to sign the lease sometime this week, he said, but isn't sure yet when he'll be able to open.   In March, Fasciano raised more than $40,000 through a Kickstarter ca...

By Ann Marie BushA scene from a 1970's movie — and some extra money won at an area casino — led Topekan Gary R. Constantino back to doing what he loves — cooking Italian food. Constantino's bright green, red and white Italian eatery on wheels can be found parked in downtown Topeka during lunch Monday through Friday.   Fabiano's, which serve...