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A lot of new restaurants opened in the Kansas City metro in 2014, including the eight-month-old Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar at 8 East Franklin in downtown Liberty. I'm sorry that it took me so long to stumble into owner Ari Dreshaj's Italian bistro. It's truly one of the restaurant discoveries of the year.   Why? The Italian cu...

The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special Italian Book Discussion! ICC native Italian instructor, Romina Montanari, will facilitate this event, which will be spoken IN ITALIAN.   Participants will be asked to read the Italian book, "Nessuno sa di noi", by Samona Sparaco-Giunti Editore Spa, on their own. On Wednesday, September 3, fr...

Nov. 18, 2014 - Feb. 17, 2015 in Memory HallNATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AT LIBERTY MEMORIAL100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 War & Art. Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I During the First World War even Italy's historical and artistic heritage became a powerful propaganda tool for the country af...

We are delighted to announce that Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero will visit the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.   Ambassador Bisogniero, accompanied by Italian Consul in Chicago, Adriano Monti and Vice-Consul, Marco Graziosi are traveling to Minneapolis to tour the Italian Fashion Exhibit c...

When: 12 Feb 2015, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Italy's regional richness and diversity will be showcased in a new series "Taste the Regions". Over time, native experts will bring us different Italian regions presenting their history, geography and culinary traditions in an informal...

This is how an Omaha woman named Mary Jo Klusmire makes meatballs. First she gets the coffee on. Then she puts the grandbaby to bed. Next she mixes the bread dough.Then Mary Jo says hi to her 81-year-old mother, Rose, who has just arrived, and gets out her big bowl.Into the bowl go the ground chuck and crushed crackers, the eggs, cheese and water,...

The purpose of the Italian-American Heritage Corporation is to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the Italian-American Community, and, to provide educational opportunities to the general public concerning the contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans to western civilization and the United States of America.  ...

by Denise Neil   Ever since it opened inside the Ambassador Hotel in 2012, I've wished that Siena Tuscan Steakhouse had more "Tuscan" on its menu. Now, thanks to new chef Jeremy Wade, it does. Wade, the longtime Wichita chef, who took over the kitchen of the fine dining restaurant this spring, has recently updated both the lunch an...

by Colin Covert   The annual Italian Film Festival returns for its eighth year this weekend, this time offering a largely comedic series that IFF executive director Peter Schilling promises "to help remedy the miserable winter ... they're all a lot of fun." That certainly describes "The Referee" (⋆⋆⋆, unrated, in subtitled Italian, French an...

By Matthew Schniper   "So you would call yourself a 'product enthusiast?'" I ask. "Most Egg heads are," replies Molly Hamlin, elaborating on how she's attended the Big Green Egg company's EGGfests and even volunteered on her own time and food-dime to demo the ceramic cooker at local events.   "You can do anything on them," she sa...

In 1908, the Northeast Community Center founded its roots in the Italian Mission founded by Kansas City's Central Presbyterian Church. The work began in a small frame building at 505 Forest, where most of the city's Italian immigrants passed through for medical care, English lessons, child care and education. In 1918, Dr. J. B. Bisceglia arrived i...

He knew he was the last man. If he missed the tackle, the running back would score. To the north, tan cornstalks blew in the wind. Parents watched from the stands built into the Tecumseh hillside and 22 players were on the field, but in that moment, it was just the runner against Johnson County Central's No. 87.   Andrea Graziani, a 17-...