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“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...

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...