"I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" used to say Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz". Well, today we actually are: we're in Kansas City, shared between Kansas and Missouri, where we meet the guest of our interview. Gino Serra is the Italian Honorary Vice Consul here. Even in the Midwest area, Italians left their mark and continue to do that, as...

There's a saying in the Little Balkans area of Southeast Kansas that if your family name ends in a vowel, you likely belong to a family of immigrant coal miner descent. Mengarelli. Maransani. Stefanoni. They were among the thousands of Italians who came to the area after the first underground coal mines opened in the late 1800s.   Read...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...

Summer has yet to deliver its full range of vegetables, but one stalwart crop that keeps on giving is Brassica rapa (from rapum, Latin for "turnip"). Brimming with flavor, this vegetable is known variously in its native Italy as cime di rapa ("turnip tops"), broccoletti di rape or just rape (pronounced räp'-eh), rapi, rappini, friarielli, vrucculi...

Another new restaurant is coming to 1930 S. Oliver. The appropriately named Oliver's Little Italy will open in the next week or so for an Italian lunch buffet. "It's in a good spot for a lunch buffet," says Scott Cosentino, who is opening the business with Dyan Gordon.   The 7,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of rest...

by Bob Sutton   The teenage Italian shortstop who has been dubbed the top European baseball prospect will play for the Burlington Royals. Tommy Shields, the manager of the Burlington team, said Marten Gasparini, 17, has been targeted for the Appalachian League club all along.   MLB.com lists the 30 top international prospects and...

Maria Grazia, an icon artist from Rome, was in Wichita on Sunday for an exhibition of some of her artwork and those of her students. The one-day exhibition was at Jennie Becker Studio at 1719 N. Rock Road. The traditional paintings depict Jesus Christ, Mary and other holy figures.   Grazia, who has worked with monks in Florence and...

Il Centro Studi continua ad investire sull'incremento delle collaborazioni con le Università USA e riprende coraggiosamente un vita in più occasioni contrastata. Le migliaia di studenti americani che in un decennio hanno frequentato i corsi presso il Centro Studi rappresentano i migliori e più efficaci "testimoni" di Orvieto nel mondo. Il Centro...

by Denise Neil He's lived in the United States for 12 years, owned a business in the United States for 10 years and has an American wife. He's even been called for jury duty. Twice. Now, Luciano Mottola, who owns the popular Luciano's Italian Restaurant at 216 W. Main in Mulvane, is also an American citizen.   His big news was pos...

At the wonky corner of Broadway Boulevard and West Pennway Street sits a new experience for Kansas City: Pezzettino's Italian Deli and Market.   Tall windows create an open feel, bringing in ample amount of daylight making light bulbs irrelevant. Beveled marbled top tables, dot the hexagonal tile floor. An open kitchen lures your eyes to the...