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Join us for the 26th Newport Italianfest, named a Top 20 Event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and held along Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival has authentic Italian food and live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from “the old country”, a Golf Out...

Friar Alessandro. The Voice From Assisi. Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00 PM “Behind every successful tenor is … a story. Pavarotti was a larger than life character who understood how to popularize sometimes difficult music. Bocelli overcame his blindness to become a superstar and has managed to bridge the divide between popular and classical music. Friar...

Italian maestro, Fabio Pirola, the conductor of the St. Petersburg Russia Gubernatorsky Orchestra, will lead Southeast Missouri State University faculty and students in a concert featuring music by Italian composers of yesterday and today at 3 p.m. May 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus as part o...

One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals, Festa Italiana, the unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture, will once again kick off the summer season at Zona Rosa! This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond. Enjoy an amazing assortment of Italian food favorites, a beer...

As the Denver food scene continues to grow, we are seeing a lot of restaurants come from other cities. And Cherry Creek seems to be a hub for these transplants: Departure came from Portland, Matsuhisa came from Aspen (and Vail and California), and now Quality Italian came from the Big Apple. Most of these restaurants have given their menu a Colorad...

The Colorado Legislature stands on the brink of embracing "fake history." Rep. Joe Salazar's Bill 17-1327 to suppress Columbus Day is an affront not just to Italian-Americans and Catholics, but to history itself. It takes Columbus' words and exploration out of context. It rewrites history in a crude, misleading and false way. Salazar's ad hominem a...

I’m sorry that it’s taken me nearly a year to find my way into the artfully-appointed 1889 Pizza Napoletana, the stylish pizzeria created by Kelli and Jason Kolich in Kansas City, Kansas. The venue is located in the NorthWood Shopping Center, the once-dowdy shopping strip that formerly housed a Maj-R Thrift and Discount Store and the eccentric Chin...

A & A Pagliai's Pizza in Iowa City was named as having the best pizza in the state of Iowa by USA TODAY College. The article, written by Lauren Kruchten of North Carolina State University, first appeared in Spoon University, an online food publication that curates its content from student food journalists. An Iowa City tradition, A & A Pagliai's pi...

The Italian opera "Don Giovanni," with music written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, had a crowded opening night in Crafton-Preyer Theatre Friday, April 21. The opera was the final show of this season for University Theatre. The opera tells the tale of the despicable womanizer Don Giovanni, who was played by actor Carey Eugene Wilson. Giovanni is a cha...

A new restaurant is opening at East Hills Shopping Center. Primavera Italian Restaurant will be located at 3818 Frederick Blvd., in the building that previously housed Carlos O’Kelly’s. The eatery plans to be open by late summer or early fall. “We are excited to welcome a friendly, family-owned restaurant to the East Hills tenant line-up,” said...

Lawmakers fielded another attempt to remove Columbus Day as a state holiday Wednesday at the state Legislature. House Bill 1327, which would eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday and replaces it with a floating holiday in October for state employees, was passed by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Wednesday on a 6-3 party line vote...

Never underestimate the power of a properly made meatball sandwich. It’s not a sexy sandwich, as it’s pretty much designed to explode, wilt, and melt into your mouth. But with the right components — a bright marinara, light but rich meatballs, enough melted cheese to cover but not smother, and a properly toasted bun — it’s inhalable magic. The meat...