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by Michael Kelly   He was a charming Italian named Franco with a little wooden fishing boat. She was a tourist from Omaha named Holly, visiting a small village on the Italian Riviera with a friend. Franco was flirtatious at first when they met in 1982, but he was 15 years older. Their relationship, Holly says, never became romantic.&nb...

Festival Italiano will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th at Belmar Shopping Center. Belmar is located at the southeast corner of Wadsworth and Alameda. If you've never attended this event, you should! It's the largest Italian festival in the state and has free admission. Can't beat that!   The IABA (as well as many of t...

When three of our four daughters were able to meet us in Kansas City for a reunion, we decided to relive a family tradition: visiting a museum. So, we explored the best show in town.   Da Vinci: The Exhibition runs until May 1 at Union Station. The exhibit is billed as "an immersive experience that unlocks the mind of a master." We found thi...

Another new restaurant is coming to 1930 S. Oliver. The appropriately named Oliver's Little Italy will open in the next week or so for an Italian lunch buffet. "It's in a good spot for a lunch buffet," says Scott Cosentino, who is opening the business with Dyan Gordon.   The 7,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of rest...

di Mario Platero   Potrebbe essere il testo di una canzone di Giorgio Gaber: San Siro, il tram numero 15 per Corso Vercelli, la Pizzeria Da Gino che ha lasciato il segno indelebile per la bontà della pizza nel ricordo di un teenager americano che ha passato la tarda infanzia e prima adolescenza a Milano.   Ma neppure Gaber avrebbe pot...

Jay King of Fridley is a third-generation Italian-American, on his mom's side of the family. When he joined the planning committee for the Festa Italiana, a relatively new festival that celebrates Italian heritage in Minnesota, "it was like coming home," he said. In fact, he found out that one committee member is a distant cousin, he said.  ...

The Marion County community invited people to share its Italian heritage at the 9th annual Feast of the Seven Fishes festival.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a centuries-old custom observed primarily by southern Italians, consisting of a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve. Local restaurants showcased their heritage ties, with cultural...

by Natalie Micale   Rita's Italian Ice is now open in Lincoln and it's the first store in Nebraska to offer Italian ice custard. The store's franchise is owned by the Malone family from Crete, Nebraska. Mike and Elynn Malone say they tried the store's hallmark item, ice custard in Kansas when they were visiting their daughter and loved...

by Mark Antonation   Kazmos Lounge closed six years ago. Since then, there hasn't been much activity in the corner spot at West 14th Avenue and Kalamath Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood — but a public-hearing notice went up at the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses recently for a hotel and restaurant liquor license at the addres...

The 8th Annual Italian Film Festival is less than two weeks away! We have a wonderful line-up of ten films never before seen in Minnesota, including a silent film with live accompaniment by avant-garde band Sun Silo. Comedies, dramas, crime, romance--it's all here at the Italian Film Festival!   The best way for ICC members to support the Fe...

Drawn by foot traffic and a concentration of students, a college student majoring in entrepreneurship expects to open a new gelato store downtown.   Cameron Maes, a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and former Missouri State student, said he wants to open Maes Gelateria as early as May 1.   Read more   Sou...

Ivan Marquez has built a strong following with two Overland Park restaurants — one full-service, the other fast-casual. Now he's expanding with a third restaurant. But this one is in Gladstone.   Marquez and Marco Diaz plan to open Diego's Bar & Grill on Friday, in the former Tanner's Bar & Grill space at 6024 N.E. Antioch Road,...