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Mark your calendars and come celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph Sunday, March 19, 2017 at St. Ambrose Church. It is not often that this annual event for the parish falls on the actual feast day of St. Joseph. That makes this year’s celebration that much more special. “There may be some minor changes, but the feast will continue the same traditions o...

Denver has been losing its red-sauce joints...and their owners. Ron Cito passed away on February 11 at the age of 81; he and his wife, Kim DeLancey, had sold Patsy's Inn, at 3651 Navajo Street, in August. Cito was born and raised in north Denver's little Italy, went to Cathedral High School and Trinidad State College. Although he tried out for the...

A longtime Italian restaurant that closed here about a year ago will soon reopen with a new owner and a new menu. Grazies Italian Restaurant and Grill is now owned by George Plaku, who now lives in Fargo and said he's the former owner and operator of several restaurants in Nebraska as well as an eatery in Kansas. He's now securing permits and a...

Lifelong Cañon City resident and businessman Mario DiNardo died unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 87. DiNardo had just recovered from pneumonia when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Mario and his twin brother, Albert DiNardo, have spent time together nearly every day of their lives.Longtime family friend Heidi Willard said the twins were "joine...

Something suspicious will be going on as people dine at the Hoof & Horn for a post-Valentine’s Day dinner.Affluent strangers will be serving food and walking around, interacting with patrons, establishing a rapport with them right before someone gets murdered. It’s all part of the night for the Levity Players Group, a Leavenworth, Kansas,-based din...

Inspiration You Can Taste: The food's authenticity draws diners to the new North Denver restaurant. 5280 Magazine's Callie Sumlin emphasizes that Italian flavors drive the menu. House-made pastas are asserted as "undoubtedly the high point of the meal." Backed by "lush sauces" and "high-end goodies" like bottarga and pancetta, delectable pastas ran...

Massimo Bonavita Memorial Scholarship 2017. In honor of our co-founder, Massimo Bonavita, and in keeping with our mission to promote Italian language and culture, the Italian Cultural Center will offer a scholarship designed for students majoring/minoring in Italian. Specifically created for Minnesota residents/students in partnership with the Univ...

Sam Vazzano and his buddies had to promise not to talk during meetings when they asked to join the Sons of Italy in the early 1960s, but their later work starting the club’s weekly spaghetti feed still speaks volumes. In a 2002 interview, Vazzano told a World-Herald reporter that he remembered one of the “cranky old guys” wagging a finger at him a...

Since opening in 2008, the Italian Film Festival has become one the premiere event promoting Italian life and art in Minnesota. The ninth edition of the popular program opens Thursday like a cinematic time machine. The three-day program, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Center, will introduce eight current releases and conclude Sunday with a rare...

State lawmakers from Indian Country are asking their colleagues to help change Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day. Rep. Bridget Smith, a Democrat representing the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana, pitched House Bill 322 in the State Administration Committee on Wednesday. She said Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who claime...

The 51st Super Bowl is this weekend so the Italian Federation of American Football – FIDAF –  is getting into an NFL mood with an exclusive interview with the Denver Broncos’ new special teams coach. News about the latest addition to the coaching staff at the world-famous Denver Broncos crossed the Atlantic and made headlines in Italy because the B...

John LaRocca, the general manager of University Club of MU, will be named the president of the Missouri Restaurant Association on Saturday. LaRocca served as the association's vice president last year. He will be appointed during the association's annual Inaugural and Awards celebration, according to a Tuesday news release. The Missouri Restaura...