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by Mecca Bos   Minneapolis, can we not have nice things? It seems like the bombardment of too many Italian restaurants focusing on crudo means they are already starting to fall like a house of cards. One of our very favorites, Parella, recently lost Executive Chef Todd Macdonald (though he is remaining as silent partner).   He we...

A pit stop in Bay St. Louis made such a big impression on two restaurant owners, they decided to adjust their plans and settle here. Italian Garden Restaurant opened Saturday at 828 U.S. 90 in the Bay, across from Bay Arts Center, and is owned by Giovanni Karelli and his wife, Mergita Sadiku.   Karelli, originally from Bartlesville, Okl...

Silicon Valley in California and Silicon Alley in New York are not the only tech ecosystems in America where an Italian entrepreneur can find exciting opportunities to grow. It depends on the kind of business you are into. That's the lesson learned by Davide Rossi, a 38-years-old Italian mechanical engineer from Badia Polesine, a small town close t...

When Modesto closed last month after a 15-year run, owner Brendan Marsden had already announced that he would open a new concept in the restaurant's space on the Hill (5257 Shaw Avenue), and that this new concept would involve pizza. Yet another Italian restaurant on the Hill? Not exactly.   As Marsden first revealed to St. Louis Magazi...

By Gretchen Kurtz   Paul and Aileen Reilly, the brother-sister team behind Beast + Bottle, couldn't have picked a better spot for Coperta, their Italian restaurant that opened at the height of summer. It's located on the edge of downtown across from Benedict Fountain Park, so after a leisurely meal, you can head out the door, belly full of w...

By Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. Everyone has a special memory of their childhood. Most of mine revolve around the kitchen and family. While most kids were out playing T-ball, my time was spent in the kitchen being intrigued by my mother and grandmother gathering just a few ingredients and producing a meal for the family. Whether it be waking up to the...

There's a saying in the Little Balkans area of Southeast Kansas that if your family name ends in a vowel, you likely belong to a family of immigrant coal miner descent. Mengarelli. Maransani. Stefanoni. They were among the thousands of Italians who came to the area after the first underground coal mines opened in the late 1800s.   Read...

by Robin L. Mainella   After a beautiful structure that can never be replicated is gone, it is gone forever. Many of Duluth's significant structures that have been lost to us perhaps could have been saved. Not those claimed by fire. But others were simply looked at as having seen their day and having outlived their usefulness to a growing ci...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...

Summer has yet to deliver its full range of vegetables, but one stalwart crop that keeps on giving is Brassica rapa (from rapum, Latin for "turnip"). Brimming with flavor, this vegetable is known variously in its native Italy as cime di rapa ("turnip tops"), broccoletti di rape or just rape (pronounced räp'-eh), rapi, rappini, friarielli, vrucculi...

Sarà il Minnesota ad ospitare la Convention ITTONA (International Tyrolean Trentini Organization of North America), l'appuntamento che ogni due anni riunisce in una diversa località i Circoli trentini di Stati Uniti e Canada. Il Circolo trentino del Minnesota è al lavoro da oltre un anno per organizzare l'evento, giunto alla sua ventesima edizione...

Are you an intermediate speaker of Italian who loves opera? Have you always wanted to have a better understanding of the words? Now is your opportunity to discover more of Verdi's "Rigoletto"!   Join ICC's native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, as she uncovers the famous opera. You will listen to the music, pause to learn new language p...