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Verdi's Nabucco has opened at St. Louis' Union Avenue Opera, and it is a remarkably fine production. Of the many beautiful shows that this amazing small company has presented in its twenty-four seasons Nabucco is, perhaps, the most vocally gorgeous of all. This is due not only to the stellar quality of the principals, but also-and especially-to the...

La Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis, the central organization which represents Italians in the St Louis metropolitan region, has partnered with the CIEE Study Abroad program to initiate a high-school exchange for Italian students. Lucrezia Leandri and Sara Vanetti, the very first Italian students, arrived excitedly on Friday, July 27th. Their ho...

We are proud to announce the 1st edition of Italian Theater in the Twin Cities, with The Great Duel Between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica’s Sake, a unique performance by the famed Italian theater company Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio on Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM, at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. This is a rare oppo...

A long-term ambition and first publicly shared back in 2015, Italian beer maestro Alex Liberati is now firmly on track for the summer debut of his Liberati brewery, bar, restaurant, and store. Expanding beyond its original “oenobeer” production concept, the 24,00-square-foot Curtis Park location at 2403 Champa Street, inside the former Downtown Den...

I've driven past the nondescript commercial building at 8421 University Blvd. in Clive hundreds of times before noticing the Italian flags flanking A Taste of Italy there.  Having a special place in my stomach for Italian meats, I knew I needed to put the Italian grocery and deli on my list for lunch — and I'm so glad I did. The small deli counter...

Des Moines knows how to put on a quality festival. Look no further than the successful Des Moines Arts Festival, 80/35 Music Festival and the Iowa State Fair, among others. Last year, Des Moines was recognized for its achievement by earning the World Festival & Event City Award, given by the International Festivals and Events Association. The ninth...

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano has died unexpectedly at the age of 56, the team announced Sunday afternoon. "I am at a loss for words with Tony's sudden passing," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "Tony loved the game of football and his players. More importantly, he was a strong man of faith who treasu...

Meet Italians and Italy lovers during the fourth annual Giro del Lago di Como, an Italian-inspired 5K fun run and walk, Sunday, Aug. 19, 8:30-11 a.m. The event will begin with a warm-up session in Italian. Music, prizes, T-shirts, gelato and an exhibit on Italy’s most beautiful runs and hikes will be part of the morning’s festivities. There will al...

Ciao St. Louis in association with Fox Sports Midwest Live! are proud to present a free showing of the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Award-winning documentary, Italian American Baseball Family, at Ballpark Village in downtown St Louis on July 22, 2018 at 7 pm. Immediately following the screening of the movie, director Roberto Angottiwi...

Last year, 50 gelato makers from across the globe came to Boulder for three days of creamy competition and summer-time indulgence. Now, for the second year, the Europe-hailing Gelato Festival America is back to bring two days and more than 13,500 pounds of gelato to Boulder. The gelato tour will come to Colorado as one visit on an eight-stop tour h...

Parts of Angelo's Taverna look like a converted church, with stained-glass windows and brick arches facing East Sixth Avenue. That's fitting, because the restaurant is my brunch holy grail, a rare offering of Italian flavors, grilled oysters and hangover-friendly drinks and dishes served for only a few hours a week during the summer. The Oyster Soc...

Leonardo Da Vinci is known as one of the greatest painters of all times; however, he was also a master inventor who thought well ahead of his time. Many of his drawings and ideas wouldn’t come to fruition until hundreds of years later. Da Vinci’s genius is on display at the Da Vinci X- The Machines & You Exhibition. The private exhibit has partnere...