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As a result of the university-wide budget recalls in October, the Department of Modern Languages will offer only one Italian course in fall 2018. Courses typically scheduled for the fall semester like Italian I and Italian III have been canceled. The discontinuation of Italian courses will cause the loss of one faculty member: Alessia Salamina, a v...

The Twin Cities food scene is definitely something to boast about, especially when it includes a catering service with recipes straight out of Italy. Richard and Larry D’Amico started D’Amico Catering in the 1980s, when they opened their first locations in Minneapolis, D’Amico Cucina and Azur. As sons of Italian immigrants and second-generation res...

For Opera Colorado music director Ari Pelto, Giuseppe Verdi's final opera — written when the composer was 79 years old — is more than a comic epilogue to a long career filled with tragic music dramas. "When I ask performers about their favorite Verdi opera, pretty much everybody responds that it is 'Falstaff.' But most donors, board members and cas...

There was a time when you could dump some garden-variety ice in a glass, swirl it around with the right ingredients, and I’d knock it back with grateful satisfaction. That was before Martina, where each drink is made with its own particular type of ice: crushed, cubed, stamped, and slivered. No number of slapdash drinks can unring that bell. But wh...

A professor at Saint Louis University is using video games to teach language skills to students. Simone Bregni, Ph.D., started playing games in 1975 when he was 12, according to a press release. During the mid-’80s, he realized playing text adventures helped him learn English. That revelation inspired his research and teaching methods, along with w...

Warrensburg business owner, Christian author, veteran and flight school instructor Tony Monetti is “pleased as punch” his name will be first on the Aug. 7 Republican party primary ballot. The placement is a happy accident. Candidates who declared their bids for election on the opening day of the filing cycle were assigned placement by random drawin...

Rooted in a love story that first sparked in San Guiseppe Jato, Italy, the owners of The Pizza Shop have been mixing up thousands of quarts of dough to create nearly a million pizzas since their late December opening a little over three years ago. And now, Maggie and Giovanni Canepa, along with baby Nico, are about to add a new chapter to their...

In 1987, Franco Giannotti, Angelo Sita, Giovanni Ferrara, and Msgr. Salvatore Polizzi founded St Louis – Bologna Sister Cities Committee with the cooperation and support of Bologna Mayor Renzo Imbeni and St Louis Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl. The sister cities committee flourished for over a decade with reciprocal youth summer exchange programs, lang...

Legislation to eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday was sent to a state House committee on Monday and just never came back. House Bill 1231 was drafted by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, and it had narrowly survived a vote in the House Local Government Committee earlier this session. At that lengthy hearing, the Italian American commu...

Independent filmmaker Mark Spano, along with celebrated Kansas City Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr., are pleased to report that the U.S. premiere of Spano’s new documentary “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” sold out the Screenland Armour Theater in North Kansas City, MO., last week. Although Spano lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he chose Kansas City -...

Scene dal teatro italiano classico nell'originale lingua italiana! Studenti della Washington University sotto la direzione della professoressa Rebecca Messbarger interpreteranno selezioni di Machiavelli, Goldoni, Pirandello e Fo, martedì 24 aprile dalle 10:15 alle 11:30 a.m. al McMillan Cafè della Washington University. Ovviamente l’ingresso è grat...

The second Monday in October, a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, would be Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato under a resolution the City Council will consider in coming weeks. Dave Brave Heart — backed by about 30 community members — brought the request to a council work session Monday night. Brave Heart first offered praise for the ci...