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By Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. Everyone has a special memory of their childhood. Most of mine revolve around the kitchen and family. While most kids were out playing T-ball, my time was spent in the kitchen being intrigued by my mother and grandmother gathering just a few ingredients and producing a meal for the family. Whether it be waking up to the...

There's a saying in the Little Balkans area of Southeast Kansas that if your family name ends in a vowel, you likely belong to a family of immigrant coal miner descent. Mengarelli. Maransani. Stefanoni. They were among the thousands of Italians who came to the area after the first underground coal mines opened in the late 1800s.   Read...

by Robin L. Mainella   After a beautiful structure that can never be replicated is gone, it is gone forever. Many of Duluth's significant structures that have been lost to us perhaps could have been saved. Not those claimed by fire. But others were simply looked at as having seen their day and having outlived their usefulness to a growing ci...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...

Summer has yet to deliver its full range of vegetables, but one stalwart crop that keeps on giving is Brassica rapa (from rapum, Latin for "turnip"). Brimming with flavor, this vegetable is known variously in its native Italy as cime di rapa ("turnip tops"), broccoletti di rape or just rape (pronounced räp'-eh), rapi, rappini, friarielli, vrucculi...

Sarà il Minnesota ad ospitare la Convention ITTONA (International Tyrolean Trentini Organization of North America), l'appuntamento che ogni due anni riunisce in una diversa località i Circoli trentini di Stati Uniti e Canada. Il Circolo trentino del Minnesota è al lavoro da oltre un anno per organizzare l'evento, giunto alla sua ventesima edizione...

Are you an intermediate speaker of Italian who loves opera? Have you always wanted to have a better understanding of the words? Now is your opportunity to discover more of Verdi's "Rigoletto"!   Join ICC's native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, as she uncovers the famous opera. You will listen to the music, pause to learn new language p...

Described as "A Night of Everything Italian-American," the Park County Arts Council will sponsor a performance by O Sole Trio. The show will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wynona Thompson Auditorium. O Sole Trio has performed Italian arias, popular Neapolitan songs and jazz standards throughout North America.Their most recent credits inclu...

This spot in Colorado's Vail Valley is so picturesque that a family stopped at nothing to build their home here - even if it meant shelling out $1 million just on the driveway. The Italian-inspired mansion, which has incredible 360-degree views across the mountains, has now gone on the market for a tidy $29.5 million. Homeowner Dick Rothkopf,...

by Michael Kelly   He was a charming Italian named Franco with a little wooden fishing boat. She was a tourist from Omaha named Holly, visiting a small village on the Italian Riviera with a friend. Franco was flirtatious at first when they met in 1982, but he was 15 years older. Their relationship, Holly says, never became romantic.&nb...

Festival Italiano will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th at Belmar Shopping Center. Belmar is located at the southeast corner of Wadsworth and Alameda. If you've never attended this event, you should! It's the largest Italian festival in the state and has free admission. Can't beat that!   The IABA (as well as many of t...

When three of our four daughters were able to meet us in Kansas City for a reunion, we decided to relive a family tradition: visiting a museum. So, we explored the best show in town.   Da Vinci: The Exhibition runs until May 1 at Union Station. The exhibit is billed as "an immersive experience that unlocks the mind of a master." We found thi...