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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...

by Bob Curtwright   Is "The Light in the Piazza" opera for the Broadway crowd or Broadway for the opera set? Well, it's sort of both, says Wayne Bryan, guest director for the lushly romantic tale about the meeting of a naive American tourist and a lovestruck Italian boy in Florence, Italy, during one summer in the post-war 1950s.  ...

21 Nov 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Italian Cultural Center - 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 501 - Registration - Member $15.00 (USD), Non Member  $20.00 (USD). The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special Italian round table book discussion--- Tavola rotonda, "Pista nera" di Antonio Manzini! ICC native Italian...

The late Patsy Guadnola, a beloved music teacher for many decades in Glenwood Springs who died this past March at age 92, has been inducted into the Colorado Italian American Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016.   She joins 111 other Italian Americans who made their mark in Colorado history and have been selected to the Hall of Fame ov...

When Chef Todd Macdonald announced he'd be joining Luke Shimp's Red Cow empire after Parella closed suddenly last winter, it was a bit perplexing, to say the least.   Now the duo have revealed their master plan to Mpls./St. Paul Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, and it's a beauty: An Italian and pizza joint in a former auto body shop in th...

When Marco Pietro Griffero Jr. worked the front of the house at Pietro's Restaurant, he wore a suit and tie and his trademark wingtip shoes. He called the busboys laddie or laddie boy — they turned over too frequently for him to remember their names. He loved to dim the dining room's lights.   Was it too dark? "Well," he would say to a compl...

The Lodge and the Auxiliary will award scholarships at the June dinner. The Auxiliary voted to give out 4 scholarships this year (2 girls/2 boys) – this is in addition to what the Men's Lodge will give away.   Any member, son, daughter, and/or grandchild of a Lodge or an Auxiliary member who will be attending a college, community college, or...

Once again we are proud to announce our partnership with the MN Opera – opening their 2014-2015 season with Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del west.   From the Italian master who wrote Madame Butterfly and Turandot, this opera offers a romantic portrait of America's iconic Golden West. Puccini's gorgeous melodies and blazing orchestral color...