by Nancy Ngo   After 16 years, Joel Lehman is calling it quits at Trattoria da Vinci in St. Paul's Lowertown. A sign outside of the restaurant reads "Trattoria da Vinci closed for unforeseen circumstances." Lehman said Tuesday that a combination of factors led to closing his Italian restaurant.   He said it has been difficul...

By Jerod Greenisen "When I think about how much work planning this event is, I just think about how hard my mom worked just to make it," says Eddie Bolva, executive director of Festa Italiana Minnesota.   Eddie is the guy pulling all the strings behind the scenes of Minnesota's Largest Celebration of Italian culture. He is a retired cop and...

by Frederick Melo   Move over, Christopher Columbus. The second Monday in October is now known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of St. Paul. The resolution was sponsored by all seven members of the St. Paul City Council and approved Wednesday to heavy applause from a crowded, upbeat audience.   It encourages other institutio...

by Rick Nelson   The recent top-to-bottom remake of Cossetta is so dramatic that fourth-generation owner Dave Cossetta has crowned his family's legacy by adding an Italian word to the business' name. It's now Cossetta Alimentari. Rough translation: pertaining to food.   There's an understatement. Make that three sprawling floors of fo...

Delta Air Lines has begun its seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rome on Wednesday. The Atlanta-based carrier celebrated the latest addition to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's list of global destinations with preflight water arches and Italian fare. Delta is the dominant carrier at MSP, offering its customer...

It's almost here! The 5th Annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The festival will be held this week, April 4-7, at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design. This year's lineup of contemporary, award winning films was carefully selected by a committee of native Italian speakers who live in the Twin Cities. There was a lot of passi...

When: 06 Dec 2015 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery, 2111 East Franklin Avenue #2, Minneapolis   Just in time for "le feste di Natale", join us at Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery and learn to make 3 traditional Italian cookies – Cantucci, Amaretti e Frollini.   ICC instructor and Ital...

What's new at Minnesota Opera? Well, everything next season.   The 2014-15 season announced Thursday features five fresh productions, all of them bringing new approaches, sets and costumes to works that are (mostly) at least a century old. Among them are a Giacomo Puccini opera the company has never presented, as well as a world premiere by...

Cossetta Alimentari is a downtown St. Paul institution. It's three sprawling floors of Italian breads, cheeses, pastries, pizza and — of course — pasta! But if you want to know the story of Cossetta, the writing is on the wall. Michael Cossetta opened his business more than 100 years ago, in 1911.   Read more   Source: http...

by Daniel Dentico   The Dari-ette Drive-in, an old spot to get classic Italian diner food in St.Paul, Minnesota has been named one of the best drive-ins in the country by thrillist.com. The 1950's-style diner has been a staple on the city's east side for its inexpensive Italian-American menu, which includes pizza burgers, meatball sandwiche...