October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

The yearly Italian festival will have a new look this year due to the coronavirus. Traditionally held in early June, the 96th Santa Lucia Italian Festival will be held on August 22nd and 23rd. The organizers had to put the festival on hold because of the virus. The festival will be reduced to two days instead of the normal four. Of course, the fest...

A local landmark ravaged by fire 3 years ago is finding a unique way to keep them going a little before re-opening. Sons of Italy has been closed since the pandemic started, but they’re making meatballs and sauce and sometimes sausage to sell to members and loyal customers. In 2017 a fire destroyed the building. They re-opened in February and had h...

Team Italy switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was named as a member of the 2020 Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame class on March 25, 2020. The Omaha, Nebraska native enjoyed a successful collegiate pitching career while attending nearby Creighton University from 2005 to 2008 and posting the school's single-season record for ERA (1.88) and appear...

Crowds once again gathered at the popular Sons of Italy dining hall that burned down in an accidental fire more than three years ago. The reopening of the popular lunch and dinner spot had been delayed a few times because of a lack of funding and issues with construction. But Thursday, it was spaghetti and meatballs for everyone who walked through...

A piece of Omaha's history will rise from the ashes on Thursday. That's when spaghetti dinners will return at the Sons of Italy Hall. It comes more than two years after a two-alarm fire destroyed the building near 10th and Pacific. Before the fire, the Sons of Italy held spaghetti dinners as a fundraiser for its community activities.

The writer of “A Bronx Tale,” a touring Broadway musical coming next week to the Orpheum Theater, says the show endures because everybody can relate to it. Chazz Palminteri originally wrote the piece as a semiautobiographical one-man play about his childhood in the Bronx. When he was a young boy, he witnessed a shooting after two men were fighting...

It's been a long process and it’s almost there. Recovering from the fire that tore through Sons of Italy. Soon, the kitchen will reopen at the hall after a long wait. Italy is in Todd Procopio's blood and so is Sons of Italy. His dad and his family were members here. Which made January 2017 even more painful. “There were inches of water. TV’s on th...

After numerous delays, organizers are tentatively setting a date to reopen Sons of Italy at the end of the month. They hope to open the doors for the organization’s signature lunches and dinners by Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, said Dan Matuella, state lodge president. But there’s a chance the opening could be pushed back to the first week of February. Th...

Besim Shala opened his first Italian restaurant in Grand Island in 2011 with hopes of one day expanding into Lincoln, Omaha or both. Now it’s happening for him. Shala opened his third Napoli’s and first in Lincoln on Sept. 3 in the strip mall at 48th Street and Nebraska 2, in the spot where South 48th Bistro operated for a short time. The site also...