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State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Thornton Democrat, on Friday introduced a bill to cancel Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado and instead offer state employees a floating day off in October. The legislation, House Bill 1327, includes a lengthy section that declares, “The Columbus voyage triggered one of history’s greatest slave trades, the pillagi...

Today is Volpi’s grand reopening after a stunning renovation. A cornerstone of the Hill, Volpi opened in 1902. You can find their authentic prosciutto even in Italy. Armando Passetti, a modest and gracious gentleman, started working with his uncle in the 1930s. At 92, he still comes to work. He’s fortunate to have a enterprising daughter, Lorenza,...

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar is set to open this fall in the Coralville Iowa River Landing area. The restaurant is one of the long list of newcomers to the area. According to its release, the menu will feature pizzas baked in a brick oven that was handcrafted in Modena, Italy. The rest of the menu, down to the decor will represent an Italian vibe. The it...

Winemaking, farming, food and coming together for community events have a long history in the St. James area. Known locally as the Meramec Highlands, our region is also fondly known as “Little Italy of the Ozarks” thanks to the establishment of an Italian settlement here more than a century ago. Join St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Compan...

An Italian landmark in Omaha is getting a makeover. Construction crews began their work to restore the Sons of Italy Hall near 10th and William streets Monday morning. It's a bittersweet sight to officers of the Order Sons of Italy, who say it's a reminder of what they've lost in the January 13 fire, but also a sign of progress. "It's unbelievable...

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill — In a city as dynamic as St. Louis, businesses come and they go.  Nowhere is this more true than in the city’s thriving, and at times, fickle restaurant industry.  As a Midwestern culinary center, St. Louis has been home to ingenuity and innovation in the industry.   We’ve seen the births and deaths of thousands of indi...

Conventional wisdom states that many of us “want what we don’t have and often have what we don’t want.” While this can serve as an obstacle to achieving our dreams and ambitions, this dilemma can be overcome by wisely “playing the hand that one is dealt.” One individual who adheres to this philosophy is Italian singer/songwriter and guitarist Andre...

Rita Levi-Montalcini, OMRI, OMCA was an Italian Nobel laureate, honored for her work in neurobiology. She was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with colleague Stanley Cohen for the discovery of nerve growth factor It’s said, in Italy, many young girls dream of becoming someone like the late Rita Levi-Montalcini – a woma...

The comforting and spicy aromas of an old-world Omaha icon will waft through the air once again this year at a renovated Sons of Italy Hall. Damaged by a two-alarm fire on Jan. 13, the hall is scheduled to reopen by Dec. 31. “It’s going to be a beautiful structure,” said Dr. Tom Pruse, president of the organization’s state lodge. “It will have g...

There is an unparalleled, somehow universal appeal to Italian cuisine, a unique combination of fresh flavors hailing from the Boot – a historic hub for culinary excellence. What is so timeless and compelling about Italian fare is that every region of the country has its own original perspective, preparation and style of cooking, though simple ingre...

Following in the footsteps of Garrison Keillor’s departure from “A Prairie Home Companion,” another long and fruitful broadcasting collaboration is coming to an end. After 21 years, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper is parting company with her tight-knit colleagues at “The Splendid Table” — managing producer Sally Swift and producers Jennifer Russell and...

Boston Market has unveiled its new Sweet & Spicy Apple rotisserie chicken flavor. The new flavor contains slow-braised smoky apples, apple cider vinegar, sweet brown sugar, onions and a hint of roasted jalapenos. In addition, Boston Market brings back fan favorite Parmesan Tuscan rotisserie chicken with Italian herbs, spices and a garlic Parmesan s...