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Lombardo’s is the kind of reliable, Italian-American neighborhood restaurant that the people living nearby — around the 132nd Street and West Maple Road area — must really appreciate. It’s not a chain. It’s affordable. And it’s serving giant portions of things like saucy pastas, classic lasagna and a few surprisingly good appetizers, including a f...

On Saturday, March 11, Join Elisabetta this Saturday, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul to discuss and learn more about how Women's Day is celebrated in Italy while enjoying a traditional Italian breakfast. Colazione all'italiana includes traditional Italian coffee, Italian breakfast staples – pane, bu...

Antonio Indelicato and Maria Lombardo immigrated to the US in 1920 from Siculiana, a small town in the province of Agrigento.  Together they had 8 children, 7 boys and one girl, Salvatore, Anthony, Alfonso, Joe, Michael, Anthony, John and Giuseppina.  The first son named Anthony passed away at a very young age due to spinal meningitis. Antonio open...

If you are planning on signing up for bocce, then you better hurry up! There are 32 team slots total, and today we signed up our 15th team! It’s amazing! And don’t forget about the early bird sign up! Have your team registered by March 13th at 5pm, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Milo’s gift certificate, that you’ll receive when...

Goodbye Columbus? The House of Representatives approved the second reading of a bill Tuesday to have school commemorations drop Columbus Day observances and replace them with Montana Heritage Day, capping an emotional debate in which heavy criticism was launched against the famed Italian explorer credited with discovering America in 1492. House Bil...

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...

He's credited with developing the area around 25th and Marcy. Chuck Martens with Forgotten Omaha says Vincent Chiodo was a self-made man. He used his money to build better homes for Italian immigrants. Chiodo brought over Italian stone masons and used $5,000 worth of the old Douglas County Courthouse to build the Lancaster building. The white colum...

“Ciao, Bella! We’re off to Italy!” Yes, that could be you after your next shopping visit to your neighborhood Schnucks. Between Wednesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Schnucks’ annual sweepstakes contest, “Taste of Italy,” fills stores with hundreds of authentic Italian products so you can recreate your favorite Italian recipe at home...

Standing at the corner of 9th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, only a minor change to the awnings hint the major change inside. Zelo looks new. “Towards the end, our service and food didn’t match the décor,” said original Zelo owner Rick Webb. Webb opened Zelo in 1999, and sold it in 2008 to focus on his restaurant Ciao Bella. He o...

Cattivella gave us a sneak peek of its menu, and we are actually, physically trembling. The new Italian restaurant from Chef Elise Wiggins (formerly of Panzano) won’t open for another month or so, but that just means you have time to get your stomach stretched out enough to comfortably accommodate all the amazing eats coming out of her wood-fired g...

Fat Tuesday is right around the corner, and Pasta Amore and the Italian American Heritage Society are celebrating with their annual Carnevale event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required, for the festive dinner, which takes place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The event is $39 per diner for the public and $35 for society members — before tax and tip. A c...

Italian fare has always een my indulgent food of choice. The salty meats. The creamy cheeses. The freshly baked garlic bread topped with loads of melty butter. And last but certainly not least, the pasta. No words in the English language can adequately proclaim my love for pasta. That’s why when Piccolo opened in Nixa in December 2016, I eagerly aw...