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The drone of children babbling and crying during Father Timothy Elliott's homily did not phase him one bit. He knew their presence was a precious gift, all because of a special saint. Families came to St. Gianna Church for Mass April 30 to meet Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla on her historic first visit to the Wentzville parish, founded 10 years ag...

By popular reader demand, I sampled Scimeca's Italian sausage at a yellow-tarp-roofed booth on Kennedy Plaza. A reader/fan of the booth told me it was called Cappuccino Connections, though one worker at the booth assured me it was called World's Best Lemonade. Other booth workers really had no idea what it was called.   I suppose there...

On Sunday, May 5, 2013 St. Ambrose Parish will hold its annual "La Festa" on the grounds of St. Ambrose church in the historic Hill Neighborhood. St. Ambrose parish has been the foundation for this historic neighborhood for over 100 years and looks to continue this tradition with its largest fund raiser of the year. Festivities will begin at 12:00...

by Nancy Stiles   Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.   "We occupy an old...

by Amy Carlson Gustafson   The Twin Cities loves its fashion. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is extending the hours for the final two weekends of "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945." The exhibit, which features a variety of pieces from major fashion houses including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Missoni and Dolce...

Sister Mary Anne Leto (Mary Jacinta), CHM, 87, died July 1, 2015, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston. Services are at Bishop Drumm, Our Lady of Peace Chapel. Vigil will be 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, and funeral Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. Burial services and interment will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Mount Olivet Cemetery,...

It all started with Hieronymus Bosch. My Wednesday morning Bible study was learning about Christian art and we had gotten up to the Northern Renaissance when our teacher, Rev. Chris Shorow, mentioned that a painting by the Dutch master, Heironymus Bosch had just been authenticated at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. There are on...

A top Italian chef, Giuseppe Migliaccio, who has cooked all over Europe, is coming to the United States, including to the Kansas City area in early August and will be presenting a seminar at K-State Research and Extension, Miami County office, 104 S. Brayman St. in Paola at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7. He will speak on the importance of eating locally produce...

The Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 jazzed up its annual academic endowments with some high-class Las Vegas-style entertainment Saturday at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.   In a strikingly decked out dining hall — a perfect complement to the full house of sharp dressed men and women — 19 students of Italian heritage received both...

Alex Malone may be the bravest man in America. By day, the 26-year-old is a scientist in Fargo, N.D. By night, he eats pasta. All of the pasta.   Malone is one of the few to score the coveted $100 Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion from Olive Garden. With the help of an egg-cellent pun — All of Garden — he's begun blogging his 49-da...

by Allie Scheu   Stay cool with this velvety treat. Known for their in-house creations, Sarto's Social Italian Eatery serves a Hazelnut Panna Cotta that you'll go nuts over. This dessert is accompanied by a small handful of candied pistachios and a drizzling of chocolate sauce.   The combination of nuttiness and chocolate provide...

Stressed-out voters will be able to celebrate the outcome of the election – or drown their sorrows – in a pillowy pizza pie. The owners of Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria have chosen Wednesday, Nov. 9 – the day after Election Day – as the official opening day for their new restaurant at 1706 E. Douglas, right next door to Hopping Gnome Brewing Comp...