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Downtown Excelsior quietly lost an Italian restaurant at the end of October. At the same time, it gained promise of a new one — albeit a more casual, approachable version. Red Sauce Rebellion (205 Water St., Excelsior), a new concept from the folks behind Coalition, will debut on the footprint of the former Victor’s on Water — an Italian restaurant...

When I noticed an Italian buffet was coming to the old Ocean Zen building a while back, I didn’t think much of it. I’m not one who normally enjoys buffets, but when a reader told me The Hill on East Battlefield was unlike any other buffet around, my interest was piqued. A restaurant family, a logical choice. Chef Angel Kim knows restaurants in Spri...

A fire ignites inside a small kitchen buried deep in Baroncini Ristorante Italiano, the heat is sweltering, and the chef’s face glows as he prepares Italian delicacies for a sold-out venue. The banquet was a part of the Hancher Culinary Arts Experience, which took place in the Stanley Café Wednesday evening. The event features renowned local restau...

Why is the sky blue? Modern-day scientists know it’s because of the way the sun interacts with air molecules when sunlight enters the Earth’s atmosphere. In Leonardo da Vinci’s time, however, the answer wasn’t so clear. He questioned assumptions of the day, even those that seemed simple. “It’s that type of always asking ‘Why?’ that led (da Vinci) t...

When the Smaldone family opened Gaetano’s seventy years ago, it was an anchor in an Italian-American neighborhood, and the center of enough illicit activity that the owners installed bulletproof glass at the entrance. The Wynkoop Group bought the property in 2005, remodeling the joint before turning it over to Ron Robinson, a longtime member of the...

There is no such thing as an easy day in the restaurant business. That is certainly true for Tupelo Grille owner Pat Carloss and his general manager Paul Abu-Taleb, who are not only keeping busy with day-to-day operations at the popular Southern-inspired restaurant in downtown Whitefish but are also launching two new eateries at the same time. Carl...

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...