After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Omaha's Santa Lucia Italian Festival is back. For the first time in nearly two decades, the festival returns to the area of its home neighborhood this weekend. The 97th annual festival will be held near 10th & William Streets, in front of St. Frances Cabrini Church and Sons of Italy. The...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to another wonderful issue of our magazine. Things are getting better in Italy, as we tell you twice a week in our video and audio podcast We the ItaliaNews, which we encourage you to watch or listen to all the time. This past June 2, Italy celebrated 75 years of our Republic. At that time Italy chose the Republic and decide...

Tomatoes, onions, and garlic are sauteed and reduced to a perfect consistency. The sauce is seasoned, and roasted red peppers are marinated in the mixture. Freshly charred sausage is then covered with the peppers to create the iconic sandwich of Omaha’s Santa Lucia Festival. The process of creating the sausage-and-pepper sandwich reflects the love,...

For more than 15 years, Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro has served as chaplain on the University of Dallas’ Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known as Due Santi) just outside of Rome, Italy. However, in May, Pope Francis reassigned him to his home diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning on Feb. 2, 2022, as pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Chri...

Omaha has long been a city of immigrants. The Irish and Germans arrived in the 1860s to work for the railroads and later in meatpacking plants. South Omaha seemed to be the melting pot of the city, with Eastern Europeans finding their way to the city in the late 1800s. But, it seems like Italian immigrants have had a major influence on the culinary...

Ceramic artist Margaret Bohls has an abiding interest in historical vessel forms, and their social context. Nebraska Now: Margaret Bohls, Italian Studies, consists of three large groupings of vessels based primarily on those produced by the Etruscan civilization. The exhibit is on display at the Museum of Nebraska Art at the University of Nebraska...

It can be hard being away from home sometimes and not being able to see family in person.  However, Husker freshman pole vaulter Monica Aldrighetti has formed a second family and a second home in Lincoln, Nebraska. She said she has taken everything in stride and is excited to see what’s to come.  “It's hard, but it’s been worth it,” Aldrighetti sai...

It's not quite lunchtime at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, but things are cooking. Manager Tim Holedee gave 3 News Now anchor Serese Cole a special taste of what he's loved to do with his dad since he was a teenager. "When I was 15, I got my first job and I fell in love with it," he said. "I started working my way from the dishwasher to the cook—up, u...

A couple from Washington is bringing Italian dishes to Ravenna, Nebraska, where the only thing Italian was the town’s name and some street names — Milan, Sicily and Verona avenues and Genoa street. Haydn and Edi Hilling purchased The R-Bar & Grill in Ravenna in September with Haydn’s sister and brother-in-law Karen and Rob Hancock of Grand Island....

Like he’s done every fall Saturday since before he can remember, Thomas Fidone settled in to watch and cheer on Nebraska football. This was Nov. 21, nearly three months after the top-rated tight end in the Class of 2021 made national headlines when he committed to the Huskers in a televised ceremony. Taking in games as a pledge felt different — if...