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by Jeff Toohey Johnson   Porchetta is a traditional Italian dish that consists of layering pork belly with herbs and spices and pork loin, rolling it up, then roasting it in the oven. Jeff Toohey calls his version of this classic dish "Kansas City-fied." He merges Italian culture with Kansas City style by adding a barbecue spice rub and...

By Scott Koperski   A new restaurant is aiming to bring a taste of Italy to Beatrice. Florio's Italian Grille has been operating in the Indian Creek Mall for around a week following a soft opening. Featuring a wide variety of pizza and stromboli varieties, owner Tony Berisha said the restaurant has something for everyone and has be...

The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy a traditional Italian cold-weather drink: VOV, a delicious egg-based beverage infused with Marsala wine. Born in the city of Padova in 1845, the drink quickly gained scores of aficionados in Italy and abroad, due to its delicate taste and energizing properties.   On Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30...

The Society of Italian-Americans will award a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who is enrolling in a college or university this fall. Any high school senior with at least one Italian ancestor is eligible to apply, according to a news release. The winner will be selected based on grade point average and two required essays. Applications a...

Italian immigrant Albert Bellson was considered Minnesota's master mandolin player and teacher in the 1920s and '30s, an era when big string orchestras were all the rage.   Despite his lofty stature, Bellson took time every week to walk from his downtown St. Paul instrument shop and music school to the Rondo neighborhood. That's where he coa...

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...