On Wednesday, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) presented legislation in the Senate’s State Government and Finance Committee that would restore and repatriate the Christopher Columbus statue to the Capitol grounds. The statue was torn down on June 10during a wave of unrest across the Twin Cities. “Rioters do not dictate the policies of our s...

Easter Culinary Traditions. Live from Italy with ALMA Scuola di Cucina. Saturday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT, Online. Conversations will be in English. Register Here. Discover a land filled with thousands of bell towers and traditions, captured in a story between space and time, through the many flavors and recipes of Italy’s Easter celebrat...

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli met with the media, via Zoom, in Florida to discuss the beginning of spring training.  Baldelli spoke about what was it like to see the whole group out there training, if he feels the World Series is the expectation for the season, how he addressed the team in terms of safety protocols for the season, what the...

The official English-language title is “The Best Years.” The opening movie in the Italian Film Festival, which begins this Thursday (Feb. 25), spans 40 years in the lives of four people. This is such a long time, and so much happens, that the movie could have been a miniseries, an Italian “Dance to the Music of Time.” But it runs just over two hour...

Eric Mullen was a stranger in a foreign land. He landed in Sicily on a Saturday, headed to a small town far from the English-speaking tourist circuit, and showed up at the bakery on Monday morning without hardly a lick of Italian. As the head baker showed him how it’s done, Mullen just tried to observe and absorb. “He would bring over a bag of flou...

Thursday, February 11, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT via Zoom . Conversation will be in English. Online Event - Registration is required. Free or with suggested donation to support our programming. All donating participants will be sent 2 traditional food recipes with Gorgonzola cheese curated, tested and approved by the Costa family. Only 29 dairies all...

After opening several acclaimed restaurants in Minneapolis, Daniel del Prado will bring his culinary talents to Wayzata. The restaurateur and chef behind Colita, Martina and Rosalia Pizza (and formerly Bar La Grassa and Burch Steak and Pizza Bar) is prepping his latest restaurant, Josefina, at 739 Lake St. E. in downtown Wayzata. The space was mos...

We are delighted to invite you to a special presentation of the upcoming 12th all-online edition of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul. On Saturday, February 6, from 6:00 to 6:45 P.M., Tiziana Cervesato, Festival Director, Tommaso Cammarano, Artistic Director, and Dr. Federico Pacchioni, co-author of Peter Bondanella’s A History of...

The former Bellecour space in Wayzata is slated to open as an Italian restaurant with pizza takeout this spring, according to reports.  Renowned chef Gavin Kaysen announced in July he was closing the downtown Wayzata restaurant that opened in 2017, a move that shocked many. But now the Lake Street spot will become an Italian restaurant called Josef...

During a somewhat simpler time, before anyone stateside had uttered the words COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas commissioned world-renowned Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz to craft a bronze image of a famous philosopher — St. Thomas Aquinas, the St. Paul-based university’s namesake. There were only two initial requirements. Aquinas, an Itali...