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Remember that old holiday song, "Over the River and Through the Woods?" So does Nick Cristano, a young Italian-American man from New Jersey who, for 29 years, has "born the heat, and religiously shown up for dinner" at his grandparent's home. "It's such a happy song," says Nick, the fictional lead of Joe DiPietro's comedy play "Over the River and T...

Pizza making at Rusciano's Authentic Taste of Napoli, North Liberty's newest pizza restaurant, is a savory science that has been passed down for decades in Naples, Italy. Rusciano's co-owner and executive chef Gennaro Rusciano, a Naples native who emigrated from Italy in 2016, knows pizza like the back of his dough-flipping hands. His starter dough...

This morning, Eater published its annual list of the country’s 38 best restaurants, and, for the fourth year running, Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine made the cut. In his review, Eater restaurant critic Bill Addison calls Frasca’s “the most thoughtful service team in America.” The announcement comes just as Frasca’s owners are preparing to reopen on...

Don’t miss this year’s Christmas celebration! After three years of lovely evenings, the Federation of Italian-American Organizations will host its fourth annual Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 8th at Favazza’s Rose of the Hill. Continuing the theme of “Traditions of Italian Christmas”, this evening promises to be a memorable occasion and will...

Hill 2000 and the Hill Business Association (HBA) invite you to CHRISTMAS ON THE HILL to kick-off the Christmas season, Saturday, December 2, 2017, Noon – 8:00 p.m., with events at St. Ambrose Church, The Hill Neighborhood Center, and Gelato di Riso. Sample fresh salsiccia (in front of St. Ambrose Church) and roasted chestnuts. Bring family and fri...

Sebastian Maniscalco continues to build upon arguably the most successful year of his career yet: In 2016 he was named Just For Laughs Stand Up “Comedian of the Year,” selected for People Magazine’s annual “Ones to Watch” package, and his third hit special Why Would You Do That? was declared Showtime’s most successful comedy/variety special premier...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul is proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF). 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 emerging filmmakers living in Italy an...

Work is under way to fix a sole piece of art that survived the Sons of Italy fire from early 2017.  On January 13, 2017, a two alarm fire ripped through the Sons of Italy Hall, a former carriage house in Omaha's Little Italy Neighborhood. In March, the Sons of Italy board voted to renovate the building. It is set to reopen by the end of the year. M...

Most people go to Kansas City for the barbecue. I go for the fried rice. The kind I still dream about -- a far cry from the clumpy rice huddled with frozen vegetables that gets scooped into takeout cartons -- is a staple dish of chef Michael Corvino’s namesake restaurant, Corvino, on the Missouri side of downtown Kansas City.The fried rice, which c...

With a little TLC and a lot of professional expertise, a fire-damaged mural from Little Italy is coming back to life. The 22-foot-long oil painting of Carlentini, Sicily, and Mount Etna was blistered and soot-covered in a Jan. 13 fire that has shut down the Sons of Italy Hall south of downtown. (It’s expected to reopen in June.) Meticulously giving...

When: 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM - Where: River City Casino Grand Ballroom - Price: $100 per person  Tables of 8 or 10 are available. Click here to reserve your tickets This is a formal event; black tie optional. Masquerade masks in the style of Venice’s Carnevale not required, but strongly encouraged! Tickets go on sale November 10th, 2017

The Curtain Call Theatre Company is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding.” Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the Curtain Call Theatre Building, located at 512 E. Elizabeth St. in Kirksville, MO. The show calls for 15 men and 11 women. ″‘Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding’ is an ‘environmental/imme...