Annie Barbieri Spohn's maternal grandfather owned and operated neighborhood Italian deli and grocery stores, Sola's, in the North End and Midtown.   Now a vintage Sola's menu hangs on the wall of Spohn's new Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market — a 2014 version of her grandfather's shop that is scheduled to open Wednesday at 2101 Broadway....

Jack Fasciano is still on the hunt for space for his Angelo's Wichita Bake at Home Italian Foods. "I'm getting a little bit depressed just waiting around," he says.   Fasciano had settled on the former Toni D's Deli & Catering space in Carriage Parkway at 650 N. Carriage Parkway but then changed his mind. "I worry that we'd have to...

Kansas' new commerce secretary has played professional soccer in Italy, written a romance novel and filmed a commercial with Danny DeVito. Gov. Sam Brownback cited Antonio Soave's experience in international business as the head of Capistrano Global Advisory Services when he made the nomination last month.   However, Soave also was a co...

By Phil Anderson Topeka may seem an unlikely destination for tourists from Italy, but it was the perfect fit for a two-person television production team that visited the capital city on Wednesday.   Alessandro Turci and Federica Miglio, whose TV production company is based in Rome, spent part of Wednesday morning filming at the Aaron Dougla...

Wichita State University's School of Music and Performing Arts will present "The Light in the Piazza" as part of National Opera Week at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 29-31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in Miller Concert Hall.   The romantic musical comedy, which won six Tony Awards, follows the story of two young lovers in 1950s Italy. Par...

After nearly seven years of operations, Garozzo's Ristorante is closing in Olathe. The lease was up for the location, at 13505 S. Mur-Len Road, and Garozzo's decided not to renew it.   "The simple answer is we weren't breaking any records out there," said owner Michael Garozzo. "But our catering operation has grown leaps and bounds so we ar...

Angelo's has served quality Italian food for many years, but the last Wichita location closed due to the owner's disability. Now, Jack Fasciano has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Angelo's back to Wichita.   In 1958, the founder of Angelo's began a pizza delivery business from his home, with wife , Anna , and his son, 11-year-old Ja...

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...