When Aldo’s Pizza owner Aldo Alu opened his restaurant in 1971, he had a lot to learn. He was still working on his English, which he did not know when he emigrated from Sicily, Italy, five years earlier, and he had “no clue” how to start a business.  Still, he managed to mix his experience of working at another Italian restaurant with his dough rec...

ONE OF THE MANY benefits to being a professional soccer player is the opportunity to see the world. With games, leagues, and tournaments all over the globe, players have the chance to regularly travel to different countries and continents to see different cultures and languages. For SM Caen attacker Nicholas Gioacchini, however, soccer is providing...

It’s a midsummer’s night dream. Edera Italian Eatery (48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis; 314-361-7227) is kicking off the summer with a summer solstice party. The celebration takes place outside on the restaurant’s courtyard patio on June 25. Sample the new menu and listen to live music from DJ Al Cheekz. Inspired by Italy’s summer solstice celebrations...

In founding a company, we sometimes find a community. When Giovanni Volpi, an immigrant with expertise in dry-curing Italian meat, began his company in 1902, he found a community of other Italian immigrants in search of familiar eating experiences. That community has now grown to include a wide array of American consumers, and Volpi’s family values...

AMERICA’S LAST LITTLE ITALY: THE HILL. the award-winning documentary about St. Louis’ most venerable Italian neighborhood, has been named a Silver award-winner for General-History for Non-Broadcast in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and...

With the forthcoming Vicini (1916 Park Avenue)—a boutique grocery store, pasta shop, and home goods store in Lafayette Square—Dawn Wilson is on the cusp of realizing a dream more than a decade in the making. Ten years ago, the St. Louis native moved to a small town in Tuscany to learn about the slow food movement, handmade pasta, and authentic Ital...

The section of Cape Girardeau known as Haarig -- the Good Hope Street area -- is historically thought of as being the German section of town. But the area was also home to several Italian families. One notable family residing and working in the area was the Sciortino family: John (shown above); his wife, Josephine; three daughters, Rose, Angela and...

I don’t often drive 30 miles to grab dinner, especially since my apartment in St. Louis’ quiet, botanical Tower Grove neighborhood is mere blocks from restaurants that have been recognized everywhere from Bon Appetit and The New York Times to Food & Wine and Esquire. But sometimes, when you want the best version of something, you have to be willing...

This winter, Edera Italian Eatery proved itself the gold standard of pandemic dining, setting up an outdoor dining area of individual glass chalets that turned its already stunning back courtyard into a fairy tale. Between the twinkling lights dancing off candlelit glass and the gentle snow falling, it was an absolute dreamland that had diners clam...

Pasta carbonara. Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella. Caprese salad. Risotto. Gelato. Tiramisu. Not to mention, wine. "The Italians do it right. For them, food is a lifestyle," KCUR food critic Mary Bloch says. Most of us won't be traveling to Naples anytime soon. But a trip to the right place in the Kansas City region can give us a taste of wha...