NEWS FROM : MIDWEST  

by Josie Sexton   RARE Italian, the latest concept by The Rio owners, is starting to take shape in anticipation of a mid-December opening. The new restaurant at the old Ingredient, 101 S. College Ave., now has an executive chef and general manager to get things running.   Before coming to Fort Collins, RARE's new chef Alex Feldma...

by Jill Meier   The opening of Marco's Pizza in Brandon later this month could be considered "a little present for everybody," according to local residents Josh and Stephanie Holdinghausen, who will open their fifth Marco's Pizza located at Holly Crossing (112 E. Holly Blvd.) in Brandon by Christmas.   The Holdinghausens also own and...

It is our pleasure to announce the visit of Italian American author, Christopher Castellani! Chris is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship award, and we are pleased to have planned a two-part event. Those who register for the book club can read Chris' most recent novel, "All This Talk of Love", and discuss it at the ICC on Thursday, May 29...

Dear Friend of the Italian Cultural Center, We ask for your support on Give to the Max Day, this Thursday, November 13, 2014. Billed as the "Great Minnesota Give Together", this is a day for all of us to support those organizations that inspire us individually and speak to us as a community.   As we continue to promote the best of Italian...

The Michelangelo Exhibition is currently open at Denver Pavilions located in Downtown Denver. The museum-quality exhibition will be held at the location next to H&M, the same location that formerly housed the DaVinci Machines Exhibition. This is the first time the exhibit has ever been shown in North America. The Michelangelo Exhibition, on lo...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will present the 4th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival on July 26th and 27th, 2013 in the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines, IA. The Festival will once again be awarding $3,000 in Artistic Scholarships to talented young artists or photographers of Italian descent residing in Iowa who w...

Maria Grazia, an icon artist from Rome, was in Wichita on Sunday for an exhibition of some of her artwork and those of her students. The one-day exhibition was at Jennie Becker Studio at 1719 N. Rock Road. The traditional paintings depict Jesus Christ, Mary and other holy figures.   Grazia, who has worked with monks in Florence and...

The IFF Opening Night party promises to be a memorable evening filled with great food, fantastic cocktails and wine, music and raucous live auction hosted by WCCO news anchorman Frank Vascellaro. Ask anyone who attended last year's lively IFF opening night: It's a not-to-be-missed event.   Don't wait until the last minute--tickets are going...

The new restaurant going into the space formerly known as Porter & Frye will be called Monello. Jester Concepts will open the new restaurant at Minneapolis' Hotel Ivy this summer, according to the restaurant's website, which went live Wednesday.   Monello is Italian for "sea urchin," according to a post by food critic Dara Moskowitz...

Visitors to two popular Twin Cities museums will be able to grab a bite of Italian after enjoying a slice of history in the near future. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announced Wednesday it has struck a deal with D'Amico Catering, which will be the "official caterer" of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and Mill City Museum in...

Award-winning Denver chef Elise Wiggins will open Cattivella, wood-fired Italian this fall as part of the Eastbridge project in the Stapleton, Colorado, neighborhood where she lives. Cattivella translates to "naughty girl".   "I can't believe I'm opening my own restaurant in my own neighborhood, just a few blocks from my own house," says Wig...

It was a moment of terror, forever preserved in history. Now Kansas Citians can get a glimpse of the destruction of the ancient Italian city of Pompeii at a Union Station exhibit. The city was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D.   History tells us close to 2,000 people died when that volcano erupted, sending vo...