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We know you love Italian food. And you know it could take a lifetime to explore every region and its specialties, markets, farmers and chefs. But you only have 5 days to do it. What do you do? You head for Salone del Gusto, the largest event dedicated to food-related topic held every two years in Turin, where the absolute best of Italian artisan fo...

by Jill Wendholt Silva   "What's up?" Italian-born chef Lidia Bastianich asks the rooster that lightly pecks at her sandals. "You know, you'd make a good sauce!" At the start of the week she was cooking risotto for Pope Francis and by the end hosting her third annual benefit dinner at the Boys Grow Farm in Grandview.   Bastianich...

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, LLC (CMR) is excited to announce that its award-winning Italian restaurant, Marcella's, will open its third location in Denver's Lower Highland community (LoHi). The restaurant is set to open in summer 2017 and will be the company's first location under this concept to open in Colorado. "Expanding our Marcella's conce...

Lechuga's is one of Denver's last remaining north-side red sauce joints. While many other Italian restaurants and bars — Pagliaci's, Carbone's, Longo's Subway Tavern — have succumbed to old age and an influx of development, Lechuga's was saved, at least in name and menu, when the restaurant was purchased after longtime owners Chuck Lechuga and Rach...

Albert Rosa, a survivor of the notorious Auschwitz death camp who went on to fight the Nazis with the U.S. military during World War II, will share his story Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the LSC Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets required. Rosa, now 91, and his family were transported to Auschwitz in 1943 after Germany invaded his nativ...

The history of Kansas City's Italian-American community starts as early as 1890, just a few decades after the birth of Kansas City. Italian immigrants first came to Kansas City because of the wealth of jobs in railroad development, according to Giovanni Schiavo. Though Italian-Americans living in Kansas City today are predominantly of Sicilian dec...

by Roy Wenzl   Carsten Treder, an officer wearing the gray uniform of the German army, stepped forward Thursday and spoke to other soldiers freezing in the Kansas wind near him. At his feet were two neat rows of the graves of 62 German soldiers, decorated on this day with the red, gold and black flags of the German nation. Nearby were the g...

With the changing dynamics in the NBA, Denver Nuggets Small Forward Danilo Gallinari is prepared to be called upon to take on different roles on the court and play the power forward position, nba.com's Scott Howard-Cooper reported. Espn.go.com reveals the Nuggets forward to be at 6-foot-10 weighing 225 pounds. He was drafted in the first round, si...

by Mark Harden The Denver Art Museum said Tuesday it will host an exhibition of Renaissance art masterpieces from Venice, Italy, opening in October. It's the latest in a string of blockbuster exhibitions for the museum, including its three-part show of impressionist works in 2013-14 and its recent displays of Cartier jewelry and the works of...

Plate offers something slightly different to the Brookside neighborhood. The year-old bistro is owned and operated by Christian and Andrea Joseph, who also own the adjacent Season + Square, a spice shop specializing in small-batch foods and culinary goods, and the newly opened wine cellar, Taste.   The restaurant brands itself as "Itali...

Danilo Gallinari's knee surgery wasn't as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Denver Nuggets sooner than expected.   Gallinari tore his left ACL in a game against Dallas on April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. He underwent surgery this week at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, where he was operated...

by Juliette Angoulvant   UNC opera theatre students make Puccini's "La Rondine" come to life in their production, which opens this week on Thursday. Performances will be held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall). The production was directed by associate professor of music Brian Clay Lue...