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illa Palmer Lake (75 S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) has been changing this year. In March, the owners announced that the spot would be closing after over five years in business. Soon after, it became The Sundance, a concept that Sundance general manager Adam Guller describes as “trans-Pecos European Southwestern.” Guller says locals kept asking: “Why is...

The smell of fresh bread, pasta and cannolis made from scratch is likely to start wafting through Muscatine's downtown and the new Merrill Hotel and Conference Center, starting next week. Mamma Mia Italian Restaurante will open on the first floor of The Pearl building, 101 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine. Brothers and co-owners, Feim and Gony Vesel...

If you stand at the intersection of Marconi and Wilson avenues, you can admire much of The Hill’s appeal and essence. On one corner is the towering red-brick St. Ambrose Catholic Church, built in 1926, that became a gathering hub for the Italian immigrants who comprised the close-knit community. On the other corners are a locally owned Italian gift...

For authentic, Italian pizza, look no farther than Fredrick Avenue. Il Lazzarone opened in St. Joseph in 2014. Since then, the restaurant, located at 1628 Fredrick Ave., has become a destination for Neapolitan pizza. Josh Young recently bought both Il Lazzarone St. Joseph and its second location in Kansas City. Young has been with the restaurant si...

Expanding his Italian influence across the Front Range, Andrea Frizzi — owner of RiNo’s upscale eatery, Il Posto — has decided to bring his more casual Vero Italian to Boulder. By early 2018, Vero will transform Pizzeria Da Lupo at 2525 Arapaho Ave. In the meantime, Frizzi and his team have already set up shop there, firing Neapolitan-style pies an...

Sutton Betti regards himself as a classical sculptor with his inspiration coming from Michelangelo. Maybe it was a book on this Italian master given to him by his grandmother that prompted his interest or maybe it was his visit to the Sistine Chapel. Although as a young man, Betti was more interested in music than in sculpting. What may have change...

In the south of Kansas City on a corner of 43rd Avenue there is an Italian restaurant called Cupini’s. Eddie Cupini and his father, Franco, have dedicated nearly 15 years to serving the best pasta in town – “Just like my mom used to make,” says Franco – and earning a few awards along the way. But soon they will be leaving behind the restaurant and...

PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria, Italy, who have run a wildly successful pizzeria and restaurant in a strip mall in northern New Jersey for nearly forty years. Retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a short fuse and a soft center, while Fred is...

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is coming to St. Paul, and will be performed at the MN Opera from November 11-19! The ICC will provide a wonderful opportunity for you to become familiar with this beloved opera, whether you plan to see it in November or just want to learn more. Treat yourself to a relaxed and enjoyable presentation, incl...

Coming soon, an authentic taste of Brooklyn that moves beyond its food truck origins and into a prime corner location at 20th and Lincoln streets. Gumba’s Italian Restaurant & Bar plans to open next month. Chris Auriemma, the operator of the Gumba’s Italian Kitchen food trucks, takes over the 4,200-square-foot restaurant space that stood vacant sin...

Pagliacci’s. Patsy’s. Louiseville’s Blue Parrot. Over the past few years, the Front Range has lost many treasured old-school Italian joints. Jon Robbins, the chef-owner behind fine-dining Bistro Barbès, Denver Central Market’s Temper Chocolates, and the now-shuttered Souk Shawarma, wants to reverse that trend with Red Sauce, which will open in Park...

When Frances Grego Krull thinks of Sioux City's Turin Inn -- a popular supper club owned by her grandparents Charlie and Mary Chide Prochelo from the 1920s to 1960s -- she remembers the stand-up comics who would headline every evening and the beautiful showgirls who would bring down the curtains by dancing to "Lullaby of Broadway." Mostly, she reme...