On Monday, four men who have demonstrated ongoing support and recognition of the cultural and heritage significance that Columbus Day symbolizes will be inducted into the Pueblo Columbus Day Hall of Fame. Only one, however, has an Italian surname: an accurate reflection of what the New Columbus Day Celebration is all about. Three years ago, in an a...

Casey Colletti’s last name screams Italian. However, the Pueblo cowboy doesn’t have much of a brethren on the PRCA Pro Rodeo circuit. He has plenty of paisans — Italian for friend — in the profession, but none who share his heritage. “None, nobody,” Colletti confirmed after his successful ride in the bareback competition at the Greeley Stampede rod...

Dean, Sammy and Frank or, more accurately, uncanny facsimiles of the famed Rat Pack, helped the Sons of Italy celebrate 20 years of advancing the educational aspirations of deserving students. Saturday at a Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center ballroom appropriately decked out to the nines in a Las Vegas motif, the Order of Sons of Italy Lod...

It is said that every recipe has a story behind it. This statement rings especially true among Italian Americans, for whom the significance of food extends far beyond sustenance, and cooking is among the most visible expressions of identity and pride. Eating rituals figured prominently in the Italo American immigration experience. Distinct food and...

It’s that time of the year for holiday goodies. Mauro Farms Bakery in Pueblo is getting in the spirit as they’re busy baking Italian favorites. The treats include Italian wedding cookies, honey ribbon cookies, holiday candies and of course potica bread. Some families in the area have come to the bakery for 50 years looking for just the right treat...

Columbus Day in Pueblo is drawing supporters and those who oppose them.  A heavy police presence is on hand to keep the gatherings with opposing viewpoints peaceful. The Pueblo Sons of Italy chapter organizes the celebration, bringing together others who want to celebrate Columbus as an icon of Italian heritage who helped discover the Americas.  Pr...