In late 2014, the nation was captivated by Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph University basketball player who bravely battled but ultimately was taken by a rare form of brain cancer.   Newport's Italianfest is inaugurating a new event this year: the Lauren Hill's 5K Spaghetti Run, to raise money for cancer research and care. ...

by Jane Patton   Lexington Pasta, 962 Delaware Avenue, will be opening Pasta Garage Italian Cafe in early June, according to co-owner Lesme Romero.   "You will be able to come in, pick out your shape of pasta, your sauce and eat on the spot, while you watch us make the pasta in the back," he said. The restaurant will be open for lunch...

by Robin Garr   "Ciao!" Pronounce it "chow," or something close to that, which makes it an ironically cheeky name for a friendly eatery. There's ambiguity in this Italian greeting, though: Much like "aloha" or "shalom," or maybe even "good day," you can use it to say hello, and you can also use it to say goodbye.   So let's say "ciao,...

By Malena Ward New owners of an Italian restaurant in Cozad are honored to carry on the restaurant's name and tradition of delicious and fresh authentic Italian food. Mark and Ines Diaz of Lexington, husband and wife, assumed ownership of Bella Italia in November. Although ownership has changed, the menu has not thanks to extensive train...

Fazoli's®, the nation's largest fast casual Italian chain, is celebrating its first annual "Italian for the People Day" on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in promotion of its new menu items by honoring guests with a special limited-time offer, with purchase of a new menu item, valid at participating Fazoli's nationwide.   During the week of March...

Awarding ICI scholarships is indeed one of our proudest ways to meet the ICI mission to "celebrate and share Italy's unique history and culture with the community." The 2011-2012 scholarships were awarded at the April Board of Directors meeting to Jordan Lanham, Chris Austerman and Mitch Eckert. All three will be using their scholarships for furthe...

LaRosa's Family Pizzeria, a well-known Cincinnati Italian franchise, is scheduled to open in Nicholasville, Ky., early 2016. LaRosa's, which has served guests for over 60 years, has signed a franchise agreement with Lexington native Terry Seaborn to open and operate the Nicholasville pizzeria.   Over many years of visiting LaRosa's Cinc...

Victor DiOrio of Diorio's Pizza & Pub will be taking a trip to Parma, Italy to compete in the 23rd annual World Pizza Championships. DiOrio, who co-owns DiOrio's with brother Tony DiOrio, won an all-expenses paid trip the tournament, which will be held April 7 through 9 in Parma, Italy.   The World Pizza Championships, referred to by man...

Fall is the season of festivals in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Don't miss out on the outdoor activities our area has to offer during this beautiful season.   Although Indiana isn't home to canals and gondolas, you will feel like an Italian for a weekend in Late September by making the short trip across the river to Indiana. Right "in th...

by Gere Downs The recent earthquake that devastated Italy resounds in the hearts of Italian Americans and restaurant fans in Louisville. Local restaurateurs are responding with a fundraising campaign. Eat until September 17th at Vincenzo's, Porcini, Equus, Corbett's Restaurant - An American Place, Adrienne & Co. Bakery & Cafe, Roux, C...