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Ciao! There is no other place in St. Louis that’s more Italian than The Hill. From the emblematic red, white and green fire hydrants to the most concentrated cluster of honest-to-goodness Italian eateries, bakeries and grocers within its 620 acres, the neighborhood is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The neighborhood’s beginning...

J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly have been busy. Between summer 2016 and March 2017, they opened two restaurants, Red River Kitchen and Bar Brigade. And now they’ve added Delicata, a casual Italian eatery in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul helmed by Noah Barton (former executive chef at Chino Latino). The newest member of the family has a lot in c...

The historic Tower Grove Park in St. Louis is known for its landmark status, beautifully preserved Victorian pagodas and scenic avenues for strolling. It also houses a statue of Christopher Columbus, placed there, along with two others during the park’s early founding to provide a symbol of welcome for immigrants. With the crimes committed by Colum...

Santa Fara is the patron saint of a town in Western Sicily called Cinisi. Many people from that village have immigrated to the St. Louis area and many settled in the area called “Little Italy’ in downtown St. Louis. In Little Italy stood the Italian church Our Lady Help of Christians. The immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions from...

St Louis is well known for its musical traditions. One that is increasingly becoming popular is the Winter Opera of St Louis, now on its 11th season. This year features a world class repertoir such as Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. The Winter Opera will have the additional presence of Benedetta Orsi, a...

Aspen City Council's regular meeting is scheduled Oct. 9, which happens to fall on Columbus Day, a federal government holiday. It also happens to fall on the day that council members will vote to proclaim the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day, which an increasing number of American municipalities are adopting. Aspen elected officia...

Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University and has served since 2007. During his tenure, Maryville University has grown enrollment to over 7,800 students hailing from 50 states and 55 countries. US News & World Report has named Maryville the 3rd fastest growing University in the nation and in 2013 and 2014 named Maryville the...

Vince and Virginia DiRaimondo are certainly one of the many “pillars” of the Hill neighborhood. They are great examples of the family spirit that is so evident with living in the Hill community. Vince 91, and Virginia (soon to be 90) have been married for over 66 years and have lived on the Hill their entire lives.  They raised three children, and...

Johnny and Sandra Caracci have been serving customers their Italian dishes using family recipes for 25 years. This week they opened their Johnny C’s Deli & Pasta in the Town Pavilion, 1111 Main St., Suite 115. Plowboys Barbeque formerly operated in the space but relocated to a larger spot on the south corner of the Town Pavilion. Johnny C’s serves...

The Vatican echoes with chants. Rodrigo Borgia is pope. Steps away, and five centuries later, a tour guide regales visitors with tales of the infamous Borgia clan. Rodrigo, the family patriarch, boasts of their strength. Eldest son Cesare, ensconced within the College of Cardinals, longs for an army. Daughter Lucrezia, alleged poisoner of the famil...

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Carlo's Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of the famous bakery's first midwest location at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. This will be the 21st location for the recognized brand most known as the setting of the hit TLC series, Cake Boss, following a series of highly attended openings throughout the...

DOVE sono Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom e Charley, Il debole della volontà, la forza del braccio, il clown, il boozer, il combattente? Tutti, tutti, dormono sulla collina. You don’t recognize those famous lines from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology?” You would if you lived in Italy, where the man and his work have been studied and admired for g...