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By Valerie Schremp   Bart Saracino Sr. came to America from a small farming town near Rome with $7 in his pocket, a suitcase of clothing, and a willingness to learn and give.   Over the decades, he would raise four sons and become the Bart of the Bartolino's Italian restaurants: Bartolino's South in south St. Louis County and Bartol...

Spring is back, and so are Rita's Italian Ice's regular hours. Wichita's two Rita's, at 2929 N. Rock Road and at 1021 E. Douglas, have been operating on shortened hours over the winter, closing Mondays through Wednesdays.   The local franchisees restored the normal hours late last week and will continue them through the spring and summer: n...

by Italian American Business Association   We have several volunteers but need more. September is almost here and the big Italian Festival is the 10th & 11th which is right around the corner! As we have done every year, we will have a booth at Festival Italiano which is held at the Belmar Shopping Center. It's a lot of fun!! Festival Ita...

Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, will be in St. Louis to present his documentary Girlfriend in a coma, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Washington University's Steinberg Auditorium. After the screening, Mr. Emmott will discuss and answer questions about his documentary which deals with the current political and economic crisis...

Italian Grill® will open a new location with a new look but will deliver the same great dining experience. On November 11, the Lakewood Carrabba's will open its doors at 14770 W. Colfax Avenue, located on the west side of the Colorado Mills Mall. The new restaurant features a new look -- inside and out -- and will open for lunch daily at 11 a.m. "...

by Marianne Peri-Sack   The selection of Miss Italian St. Louis and Miss Junior Miss Italian St. Louis was held at an annual pageant on Sunday, July 27, at St. Ambrose Church basement.   The requirements included being of ¼ Italian descent and submission of an essay on the subject – "Why do I want to be crowned Miss Italian St. Louis...

by Patt Johnson   Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman is adding an Italian eatery to his list of restaurants in the Des Moines metro. By year's end, Gerleman expects to open Jethroni Pepperoni, a casual Italian restaurant that will be located in the former Pizza Hut on Adventureland Drive in Altoona.   "There will be no barbecue at this...

All members are invited to the annual meeting of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Join us to learn about our achievements for this year, exciting plans for next year and meet fellow members! This year we are honored to have WCCO TV co-anchors, Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello in attendance. We wish to recognize Frank...

By Cindy Kujala The first meeting of the Trentini Tirolesi del Minnesota, Stella del Nord was held on June 14, 1995. "We hold dear to our heritage, because we firmly believe that embracing our past enlivens our present and leads to a wonderful future," the club says. Today, 20 years later, the club continues to embrace its past.   Founders...

By Amelia Rayno A long-loved St. Paul staple is making a transition into the future. Ristorante Luci (pictured above, credit Jeff Wheeler), an Italian eatery that exploded in popularity during the 1990s, will shutter its 470 Cleveland Av. S. location on Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years.   The family-run business, however, will live on at...

By Ryan Murray Flathead Valley Community College invites lovers of Italian cuisine and world travel to its Big Night 5, a fundraising event to help pay for student scholarships for the annual Semester in Venice program. The event has raised more than $66,000 for 18 Semester in Venice students since its inception. The Venice trip, an immersiv...

At an airport salad bar in Rome recently, I filled a plate with leaves. It was a basic cafeteria salad bar, one that in the U.S. would probably be dominated by a large bin of iceberg lettuce laced with carrot shavings. But instead of lettuce, the leaves were chopped escarole and radicchio. Dressed with oil and vinegar, they were crisp and watery. A...