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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...

Italian Club Meeting March 22 Program Preview - Renaissance Women and the Arts: Courtesans (by Dr. Cynthia Stollhaus) Dr. Cynthia Stollhans is a Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University where she teaches courses in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. Her courses include: High Renaissance Art and Culture; The Art of Rome;...

For the upcoming after dinner lecture at the 2017, February meeting of the Italian Club, Professor Anthony Perrone will revisit the world renowned Sicilian town of Palazzo Adriano. The main purpose for revisiting it is now just for having been chosen as the central setting for Giuseppe Tornatore’s Academy Award winning movie, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso,...

Chicken Parmiggiana in the shape of a pizza? Check. Uni-baked scampi? Check. A cocktail menu that includes a nitro-powered Negroni? Check. Quality Italian is gearing up to open the doors to its Denver outpost in the next few weeks and if the preview of the menu is any indication of what is to come, Cherry Creek diners are in for a treat. The restau...

In the year Modesto opened its doors and introduced diners on the Hill to tapas, Food & Wine was touting heirloom beans and trash fish as some of the year's hottest culinary trends. Bubble tea was new to the U.S., and seemed utterly foreign. Rachael Ray made her first appearance on the Food Network. That was 2001. Which meant that by 2016, it had c...

WOWT 6 News has learned a community staple, the Sons of Italy Hall, may not be reopening its doors for many months. On January 13th emergency crews battled a two-alarm blaze that left extensive damage. No access to the hall has left many without their second home. The organization and the building itself have grown from generation to generation and...

In my five years in Denver, I’ve been on a low-key quest to find the kind of cheap, ultra-casual and delicious Italian restaurants I grew up with. It hasn’t been easy. A couple places, particularly Trattoria Stella, come close price-wise, but I was still missing a certain feeling you only get in old, family-owned joints. The kind of places where al...

The Orlando Family Foundation Annual Gala took place on January 28, 2017.  Sam Orlando addressed the guests and expressed that the past 17 years of planning this event has been a blessing for his family.  Sam’s family is from Little Italy in Downtown St Louis and he is very proud of his Italian Heritage. He spoke of his father  who served during WW...