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Raffaele De Vito, professor emeritus, was honored with the Silver Stirrup Award for Meritorious Service at the 45th Annual Team Kansas awards banquet June 6 at Emporia State University. The Silver Stirrup Award recognizes De Vito’s spirit of leadership and dedication for his service on the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council, where he s...

A pair of Kansas City pals has picked up some serious bragging rights. Chris Cardello and John Liberto are the 2017 United States Bocce Federation National Championship Tournament champions. In June, the pair picked up the title in Chicago, IL after only playing together for seven months. Now, they head to Poland to represent the United States in t...

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates the opening of its 50th location on Tuesday and the brand’s first Minnesota location at 8450 Hudson Rd. in Woodbury. Opening at 10:30 a.m., Portillo’s is celebrating the new restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Portillo’s founder Dick Portil...

John Mariucci was born to Italian immigrants on the Iron Range. The Eveleth boy grew into a young man about the time the Great Depression hit, which might explain why he played hockey with his heart on his sleeve, always ready to take one -- or six -- for the team. He was an All-American and national champion at the University of Minnesota, then pl...

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company says it best on their own table cards: “Pure ingredients. Rare freshness. Classical simplicity. Historical heritage.”  The surprisingly chic pizza joint allows diners the opportunity to experience authentic Italian-style pizza—as well as appetizers, salads and desserts—that rival food from Italy itself. While the foo...

Dear Bocce Players, the Italia-America Bocce Club invites to play in the 11th Annual Aldo Della Croce Open Bocce Tournament, November 10-12, 2017. The tournament will have two divisions. The ADC division which is open to all genders with minimum prize money of $5000.00 will be given out top eight teams. The Fiore division which is open to women onl...

Help us choose a theme for next year's "Italian Film Festival's Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards" -- new in 2018! In 2018, the Italian Film Festival (IFF) celebrates its tenth year! To commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emergi...

Natalina “Nona” Maracchini Monti, 99, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at home in Hibbing. Natalina was born in Montelago, a town in the Province of Ancona, Italy, on Dec. 20, 1917, to Nazzareno and Maria (Baldelli) Scipioni. While she didn’t make it quite to her 100th birthday, in her Italian view, she was 100 as she...

Who: Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo What: 37th Annual Scholarship Awards Celebration When: May 7 Where: Pueblo Country Club Highlights/honorees: The Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo held its 37th annual Scholarship Awards Celebration, featuring presentations in Italian by each scholarship winner followed by the Little Italy Buffet and an array...

Fazoli’s is giving new meaning to idea of a clean plate. The casual Italian food chain has committed to eliminating all artificial preservatives and additives from the food they serve.  They’re calling it, “Naturally Italian.” As part of the new campaign, Fazoli’s is giving away a trip to Italy so you can be “Naturally Italian” too. You can registe...

Parma 8200 in Bloomington in closing, after a seven-year run. The upscale Italian restaurant and bar, operated by D’Amico & Partners, opened in 2010 in the Normandale Lake office complex. The restaurant’s final day will be Saturday, July 7. “As Parma 8200 closes its doors, we look forward to new opportunities,” said co-owner Richard D’Amico in a st...

One of the largest solar energy initiatives in Minnesota, the Aurora project, has been completed, its owner said Tuesday. The Aurora project features 16 separate solar power plants in Minnesota that together will provide electricity to Xcel Energy under a long-term contract. Aurora, which cost $290 million, is owned by Enel Green Power North Americ...