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by Tara Houska   "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Every year, school children across the United States will learn this poem; each October, federal employees will get a day off to honor a man who never stepped foot in North America but is widely associated with its alleged discovery.   Over the past few years, however, C...

Festival Italiano at Belmar will feature the finest Italian food, artisan vendors, chef demonstrations, Balistreri Vineyard's Children's Grape Stomp, performances by the flag throwers from Florence and live entertainment on 2 stages, strolling performers, a two day Bocce Tournament, plus more!   Join us on the main stage on Saturday night fr...

One of the world's greatest musical instruments, the 16th-century Amati "King" cello, has temporarily left its home at The National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion for a special summer-long exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, running through Sept. 8. Says National Music Museum Director Cleveland Johnson, "The 'King' is one o...

by Jim Hammerand   A Versace brand plans to open its third U.S. location and the first in the Midwest at Mall of America late this fall. Versace 19.69 Abbigliamento Sportivo Srl will be on the first floor of the Bloomington megamall's west side. Founded by Alessandro Versace in 2001, the Italian-made brand sells women's ready-to-we...

di Paolo Battaglia   Nel 1985 a Stockton, Missouri, un mio calcio era stato determinante in una partita di football americano della squadra della scuola dove ero foreign exchange student. Nel 2014 decido per una deviazione del nostro Italian American Country tour per tornare a vedere la scuola e assitere a una match contro la stessa squadra...

Ferragosto, the mid-August Italian holiday, is celebrated in Italy with picnics and informal outdoor gatherings. The Italian Cultural Center invites you, and your family, to a picnic-style celebration to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo, on Saturday, August 10, 2013. The ICC event will take place near the bocce courts and...

by Kimberly Winter Stern   It started innocently enough on Dec. 9 when hometown boy and actor Paul Rudd confessed to people.com his soft spot for Jasper's Restaurant. Rudd was riding the frenzied promotional bandwagon for the "Anchorman" movie sequel about to be released, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."   In the much-anticip...

Steve D'Arpino says he's bringing the family business to Nixa. His parents have run D'Arpino's Italian Cafe in Springfield for more than a decade and Steve D'Arpino said he plans to have his restaurant Piccolo open for business by December.   "We're trying to bring some of the great Italian food to Nixa," he said, explaining that the ci...

By Kevin Cole Plaudits came easily Sunday for the food, drink and fun at the 29th annual La Festa Italiana. This was the third and probably final year the festival was at the National Guard Center near 116th Street and Rainwood Road.   "Next year, if we're ready, we will be at our permanent home at 132nd and Fort," said Dr. Ted Bolamperti,...

By George Mahe   Alex Donley called dibs on this a while ago. Before Sauce on the Side ever considered moving from its original downtown location at 903 Pine, Alex Donley, owner of Gioia's Deli (and the popular Gioia's "Hot Salami on Wheels" food truck) expressed interest in the site.   "Having a bustling deli crowd located right...

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday for a new American Italian Heritage Society headquarters in Omaha.   The building, at the corner of North 132nd and Fort streets, will provide space to educate the community about Italian culture and serve as a banquet facility accommodating up to 600 people. The group has been the sole spo...

A task to banish a resident raccoon and unplug a gutter has "snowballed" into an interior makeover of a 125-year-old former firehouse in Omaha's Little Italy neighborhood.    But that's just the beginning. Owners of the narrow two-story structure — which has long been the Santa Lucia Hall — now want to launch a major capital campai...