As Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated across Minnesota with parades, powwows, and feasts, it is worth revisiting the fact that a memorial to Christopher Columbus stands on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol enshrined by the power of the state. Some who know of the memorial, most prominently Native American activists and their allies, hav...

Many new restaurants have opened in Liberal in the past few years and recently, one restaurant announced its return to the Liberal area.  Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, which was in Liberal for a few years back in the early 2000s on U.S Hwy 54, recently announced its reopening, this time in the Landmark building.  “We started in Texas and slowly move...

The Twin Cities food scene is definitely something to boast about, especially when it includes a catering service with recipes straight out of Italy. Richard and Larry D’Amico started D’Amico Catering in the 1980s, when they opened their first locations in Minneapolis, D’Amico Cucina and Azur. As sons of Italian immigrants and second-generation res...

When his high-profile Brooklyn restaurant closed, Rikki Giambruno knew the time was right to move back to his home state of Minnesota and open his own place. This summer, Hyacinth (hyacinthstpaul.com) — an ode to his personal history — will take over the space of the former specialty shop Golden Fig (790 Grand Av., St. Paul). Golden Fig (goldenfig....

On a July day in 1908, 17-year-old Carmine Thomas Simplegio Pitera set sail for America, joining his brothers and a wave of Italian immigrants. His arrival in a new country called for a new name, at least in the eyes of immigration officials at Ellis Island: Carl Pedro. Pedro started a small shoe-repair shop that grew with time, evolving into a dow...

J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly have been busy. Between summer 2016 and March 2017, they opened two restaurants, Red River Kitchen and Bar Brigade. And now they’ve added Delicata, a casual Italian eatery in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul helmed by Noah Barton (former executive chef at Chino Latino). The newest member of the family has a lot in c...

Over 2,000 people signed a petition to replace the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota with a statue of the seven time Grammy Award-winning singer Prince. Community organizer Wintana Melekin created a petition to replace the Columbus statue with a Minnesota icon and Purple Rain singer Prince. The petitio...

Enjoy an evening of the world's finest Italian cars at Pazzaluna in St. Paul on Thursday, July 27th. This event is hosted by Wheels of Italy, an organization dedicated to Everything Italian On Wheels. Enjoy an Italian Piazza atmosphere, Italian Vehicles, Live Music, Pazzaluna Signature Drinks, Beer, Wine and Food. Food and beverage service outside...

D’Amico & Sons, the local casual-Italian empire, has been sprucing up locations and expanding its menu. The most recent was the St. Paul store on Grand Avenue, which closed for a short period early this year for the makeover. The St. Paul spot is the fifth to get redone, after Roseville, Edina, Golden Valley and Wayzata. You can still get soups, sa...

Every liquor store parking lot is busy. Two things human beings will always need and and will always spend money on: dentistry and liquor. You can't go through life with a sore tooth and most of us can't go around without at least the occasional day-ender.   But Morelli's parking lot is busy in a way that others are not. The driving is espec...