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Historically home to Omaha’s Italian population Little Italy is in the throes of a growth spurt that’s forcing an iconic metro business to make some changes. Little Italy is outlined by Pacific Street to the north, Center Street to the south, South 10th Street on the west and the Missouri river to the east. It’s an area rich in history. Nancy Calin...

It is one week until the annual Columbus Day celebration in Pueblo. It’s an event that News 5 has covered for years as it continues to spark controversy in the city and beyond. The event started when the Columbus Monument, which is front of the Rawlings Public Library, was built more than 100 years ago. For 25 years an organized protest against the...

To say Ashley Shelton is busy would be an understatement. As the executive chef of not one but two restaurants, life moves at full speed She said, "If they were in different parts of the city, I would be in trouble." Ashley, who went to The Culinary Institute of America and spent a year working in Italy,  runs the kitchen at Pastaria and Sardella,...

A program on “Italians in Fremont County — their Contributions and Impact,” is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center, 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The program will be presented by Carol Dunn and Jean Toto on behalf of the Sons of Italy in America, Royal Gorge Lodge. The program is free and open to the public.

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we are changing it up. I will be taking you on a trip with me and we will be heading to the black hills of South Dakota to attend a ceremony where Luigi del Bianco will be named the Chief Carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We will also speak with Lou Del Bianco about the role he played i...

Ciao! There is no other place in St. Louis that’s more Italian than The Hill. From the emblematic red, white and green fire hydrants to the most concentrated cluster of honest-to-goodness Italian eateries, bakeries and grocers within its 620 acres, the neighborhood is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The neighborhood’s beginning...

J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly have been busy. Between summer 2016 and March 2017, they opened two restaurants, Red River Kitchen and Bar Brigade. And now they’ve added Delicata, a casual Italian eatery in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul helmed by Noah Barton (former executive chef at Chino Latino). The newest member of the family has a lot in c...

The historic Tower Grove Park in St. Louis is known for its landmark status, beautifully preserved Victorian pagodas and scenic avenues for strolling. It also houses a statue of Christopher Columbus, placed there, along with two others during the park’s early founding to provide a symbol of welcome for immigrants. With the crimes committed by Colum...

Santa Fara is the patron saint of a town in Western Sicily called Cinisi. Many people from that village have immigrated to the St. Louis area and many settled in the area called “Little Italy’ in downtown St. Louis. In Little Italy stood the Italian church Our Lady Help of Christians. The immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions from...

St Louis is well known for its musical traditions. One that is increasingly becoming popular is the Winter Opera of St Louis, now on its 11th season. This year features a world class repertoir such as Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. The Winter Opera will have the additional presence of Benedetta Orsi, a...

Aspen City Council's regular meeting is scheduled Oct. 9, which happens to fall on Columbus Day, a federal government holiday. It also happens to fall on the day that council members will vote to proclaim the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day, which an increasing number of American municipalities are adopting. Aspen elected officia...

Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University and has served since 2007. During his tenure, Maryville University has grown enrollment to over 7,800 students hailing from 50 states and 55 countries. US News & World Report has named Maryville the 3rd fastest growing University in the nation and in 2013 and 2014 named Maryville the...