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A slice of Italy is headed across the street from one of the most popular parks in Fort Collins. City Park Gelato & Amore plans to open April 24 in the former Little Caesars Pizza building in the City Park Plaza development. The eatery at 1720 W. Mulberry St. will serve about a dozen varieties of homemade gelato — an Italian-style ice cream — as we...

A tale of courage and survival was on the big screen April 8 as part of the Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis. Pierette Domenica Simpson, a survivor of the 1956 sinking of the Italian luxury liner the Andrea Doria, shared her story during the  screening of her documentary, “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” Ms. Simpson was introduced to...

Having languished in circuit court limbo for more than a year, the appeal case of Little Italy’s incorporation is still waiting for its day in court. Last spring, Little Italy residents appealed a decision by Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde denying their petition to incorporate the roughly 380-person community into a city. In March 2016, petitioner...

Photography Exhibition & Opening Party. Visions of Italia: Photographs by Lisa Venticinque. Saturday, April 22, 7-9pm. Forti’s Sunrise Market & Cafe - 1085 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Free event; RSVP here Several years ago, Lisa Venticinque made a trip through Italy, winding her way along the Mediterranean from Palermo up through Tuscany to Cinque...

Philip Serafini, the son of Italian immigrants who trained more than 200 U.S. Navy pilots during World War II, and went on to teach social studies and science in Denver Public Schools before acting as principal and assistant principal, has died. Serafini was 97 when he died on April 10. He was born in 1920 in Denver, the youngest of 10 children of...

On the afternoon of 1/13/2017 a fire suddenly erupted at the Sons of Italy Hall located at 1238 S. 10th St in Omaha, Nebraska. This was a two alarm fire which was rapidly brought under control by the Omaha Fire Department. There was extensive internal damage to the structure which is owned by the State Lodge of Nebraska, the State affiliate of the...

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, located in Rock Hill, MO has announced their Giveback Tuesday.  It is created to benefit Pedal the Cause.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017. One day each month 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of lunch, dinner, drinks and carryout are donated to charities.  Contributions have exceeded more tha...

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Anthony Mancuso, 77, passed to his eternal reward on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. The Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. followed by visitation from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6415 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday,...

As soon as you walk into the tan building on Fort Crook Road, you get the feeling you’ve been there before. Something about the location of the bathrooms, the kitchen and the open spaciousness of the eating area. If you think you’ve been there, perhaps you have. Before it took its latest form, it was Latin-themed nightclub Club Mega. Before that...

State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Thornton Democrat, on Friday introduced a bill to cancel Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado and instead offer state employees a floating day off in October. The legislation, House Bill 1327, includes a lengthy section that declares, “The Columbus voyage triggered one of history’s greatest slave trades, the pillagi...

Today is Volpi’s grand reopening after a stunning renovation. A cornerstone of the Hill, Volpi opened in 1902. You can find their authentic prosciutto even in Italy. Armando Passetti, a modest and gracious gentleman, started working with his uncle in the 1930s. At 92, he still comes to work. He’s fortunate to have a enterprising daughter, Lorenza,...

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar is set to open this fall in the Coralville Iowa River Landing area. The restaurant is one of the long list of newcomers to the area. According to its release, the menu will feature pizzas baked in a brick oven that was handcrafted in Modena, Italy. The rest of the menu, down to the decor will represent an Italian vibe. The it...