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Festa Italiana MN 2014 will be held at Island Lake Park in Shoreview on August 1 – 3. Island Lake Park is located just north of St. Paul at I-694 and Victoria Street. Festa Italiana Minnesota (FIM) is a celebration of the state's Italian heritage.   Established in 2010, Festa Italiana MN began its endeavor to produce a festival celebrating t...

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man o...

by Katie Tonarely   Reader Kat Minx describes herself as a downtown Springfield kind of gal, but after an extended trip around the United States that included spots along the West Coast, she found herself back in Springfield, living on the south side. Her new home meant finding new stomping grounds that didn't all include downtown Springfi...

Small, but mighty. D'Arpino's Italian Cafe on South National is the epitome of "blink and you might miss it," but for those who know it's around, it's become a yummy staple. This small restaurant has a big following, people who stick around and become regulars.   A dream come true for this Italian family. And those regulars become like famil...

Kansas Citians and out-of-town visitors will soon experience an oasis for the refined at heart, as the newest jewel of the city opens its doors. Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza makes its Kansas City debut, opening to the public Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tucked amid the ornate fountains and elegant courtyards of Kansas City's premier shopping district, H...

For thousands of years, peasants in Umbria and Tuscany cultivated fruit trees and family orchards. This way of life ended after the Second World War. The varieties in these regions were replaced, first, by generic fruit and, more recently, by fruit from other countries. Italian author and agronomist, Isabella Dalla Ragione will give a lecture at Mi...

Forget what the map says. "Italy didn't used to be a country," says Nick Haley provocatively. "It was kingdoms. Regions — each one practicing its own traditional cuisine. Each one staying within its borders."   But not Haley. The Zino Ristorante executive chef and co-owner likes to mix it up a little — it's one of the benefits of being a con...

Dear ICC members and non members, I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Board to thank you for your continued support, to share the latest news at the Italian Cultural Center, and to inform you on the outcome of our latest Board meeting.   ICC news· The Italian Film Festival closed a few weeks ago, and has been a great success thanks to...

A $26.5 million expansion project recently began at the Barilla Group's manufacturing facility in Ames, Iowa. The company, which makes the world's top-selling brand of pasta, launched the project to install two new production lines dedicated to gluten-free pasta.   In addition, raw material storage and related packaging and palletizing equip...

by Nancy Ngo   Italian fare is back in Calhoun Square, in the spot once occupied by the long-running Figlio, which had most recently been an American restaurant and bar.   Parella, with white walls, cozy booths and an open kitchen, offers a contemporary dining space. Michael Larson of Digby's in Roseville brought in Todd Macdonald of...

Lucca's Italian Restaurant in Helena has been named best in Montana by a business website. Lucca's is on the Walking Mall in downtown Helena.   Owner Frederick Stout says he just happened to learn while talking to someone on Thursday that his business was named best restaurant in Montana in an article on MSN.com; the story originated on...

Lyric Opera of Kansas City concludes its dynamic 57th season with Giacomo Puccini's vibrant Tosca, April 18, 22, 24 and 26 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English and Italian titles.   General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler stated, "The 2014-15 season is the season of emotionally...