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Rich LoRusso grew up on the Hill, just a block away from the tiny Texaco gas station on the corner of Macklind and Bischoff avenues. It's no surprise that he and his wife, Terri, ended up as restaurateurs: They met as teenagers working at the same small Italian restaurant. She was a busgirl; he was a cook.   What neither expected, however, i...

The Vice Consulate of Italy in Kansas City together with the Kansas City Chapter of UNICO National will again be organizing the Italian Motorsports Show at the 2015 Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa. This fourth installment of "Motori in Piazza" will be held on Sunday, May 31, Noon to 3pm. Here is the flyer. As with Festa Italiana, admission is free. &n...

Porano Pasta, the new Italian fast casual from James Beard–winning chef Gerard Craft ("Best Chef: Midwest" in 2015), opened today in St. Louis, Missouri. The new concept, Craft's fifth restaurant under Niche Food Group and first with counter service, lets customers build their own bowls using a variety of authentic Italian ingredients. Porano...

It's not that Winter Park hasn't offered tasty grub before. But its resort and downtown dining options have always skewed toward the casual end of the spectrum, forcing those hankering for fancy cheffery to drive 12 miles north to the upscale Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa in Tabernash.   So last summer, the Devil's Thumb team shortened...

Modern Languages: Visiting Assistant Professor- Ph. D. required, ABD considered; native or near-native proficiency in Italian, generalist with ability to teach introductory and intermediate language courses, ability to teach 5 courses annually, supervise one graduate teaching assistant and coordinate offers in Italian required.   Undergradua...

Chef Steve Komorek excels at preparing the roughcast dishes of Italian cucina, embroidered with restrained New American flourishes. The restaurant's menu includes an appealing selection of hand-rolled Roman-style pizzas and other authentic regional Italian dishes, such as pastas from the south and risottos from the north.   Trattoria Marcell...

Music lovers will temporarily swap frigid Minnesota temps for the warmth of sun-drenched Tuscany, thanks to Minnesota Opera's upcoming production, The Elixir of Love. Set in the rolling hills of the Italian countryside, Donizetti's timeless romantic comedy opens January 24 at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul for five performances.   In t...

By Jess Fleming   Jester Concepts, the creators and owners of Borough, Coup d'Etat and Marche in Minneapolis, is taking over the old Porter and Frye space in the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis.   The team will open a coastal Italian-themed restaurant and have hired James Beard Award semifinalist Mike DeCamp, who has been chef de cu...

By Jess Fleming   Tim Niver isn't done yet. The owner of Strip Club Meat and Fish and newly opened Saint Dinette has more plans for the Saintly City -- this time in the form of an Italian restaurant in the West Seventh neighborhood to be called Mucci's.   Niver tweeted Friday morning: "since we've tied things up legally, closed o...

By Nathan Ellgren   St. Joseph's il Lazzarone pizzeria is about to be on magazine pages and TV screens across the Midwest. The authentic Italian restaurant on Frederick Avenue, which is about to celebrate its two-year anniversary, will soon be featured in Feast magazine and on its Emmy award winning TV show.   On Tuesday, camera...

by Mark Antonation   Change and growth continue to define the neighborhood that new arrivals know as LoHi but that longtime Denver residents simply call the Northside. Most notable — for food and history buffs, at least — has been the steady loss of classic red-sauce joints that were the legacy of the Italian immigrants who settled in this p...

by Diane Langton   The Giaur Lancia Moretti, a rare Italian race car, was being built for Italian Formula One driver Felice Bonetto, who planned to race it in 1953 in the Mille Miglia (thousand mile) road race in Italy. But when Bonetto was killed in November 1953, in the Carrera Panamericana race in Silao, Mexico, work on the car stopped....