by Mecca Bos One begins to wonder if the curse of Figlio is real. Back in 2009, Uptown's beloved eating and drinking anchor was gutted like a still-living fish for no very good reason at all. Sure, it needed an update after 25 years in business. But as with outdated mall bangs, Figlio should have just gotten a quick trim — and instead it got...

Takeout was a really bad idea.   With the car smelling like a pot of simmering red sauce, driving from West Duluth to downtown with lasagna and a luscious porchetta sandwich sitting next to me was exquisitely painful. If I wasn’t on the interstate, I would have pulled over and tore into that lasagna in a most unlady-like way.  ...

The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special, Book Club and Author Meet and Greet event! Now is your opportunity to read "All This Talk of Love", written by Italian American author, Christopher Castellani, participate in a discussion of the book, and meet Chris in person!   Participants will be asked to read the book on their own. On T...

Italian immigrants began settling in Minnesota 200 years ago and at the beginning of the 20th century the largest concentrations were living on the Iron Range, in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Stillwater. Early arrivals tended to be from northern Italy. Railroad workers hired in Chicago and sent northward, took up residence in St. Paul and Minneapoli...

When Jason Mueller opened an Italian restaurant in Morris eight years ago, he was chided for thinking that dishes he made — like scallopini, marsala, wild mushroom pancetta or butternut squash ravioli and lobster — would find an audience in the heart of rural Minnesota.   He proved his critics wrong and has since opened three Bello Cucina re...

"Cucina povera" and "alta cucina" may be apples and oranges (or rather mele e arance), but we Americans adore them just the same—indeed more than any other foreign cuisine, according to recent reports.   These 20 best Italian restaurants in America—which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami in the south right up to San Francisco's best...

Un rappresentante del Consolato Italiano di Chicago sarà a Minneapolis per facilitare il rilascio dei passaporti biometrici per i cittadini italiani residenti nel Minnesota o Western Wisconsin. La visita del rappresentante avverrà venerdi, 19 febbraio p.v. dalle 9,00 alle 14,30 nella sede dell'Italian Cultural Center a Minneapolis. Le visite a...

The International Champions Cup will return to Minneapolis on August 3 as Italian power A.C. Milan and defending Premier League champions Chelsea will meet in the inaugural sporting event at U.S. Bank Stadium. This high-profile international match marks the third major non-Vikings event that will take place in the first month of the stadium's open...

A taste of la dolce vita is at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis this weekend as the seventh annual Italian Film Festival takes to screens with works from new talents and cinematic titans. Additionally, WCCO-TV’s most Italian news anchor, Frank Vascellaro, will be kicking festivities off with a gala at the nearby Aster Café, complete with...

A broadcaster, politician, singer, saxophonist and entrepreneur, Victor John Tedesco began his career at age 9, selling newspapers in St. Paul during the Great Depression. Tedesco, who represented the East Side on the St. Paul City Council for 20 years, was recognized as one of the most colorful DFL leaders of his era. He died Monday at age 92...