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By Pat Eby    Mario Ruggeri doesn't simply follow recipes when he cooks for his family. He's an intuitive cook who understands the importance of good ingredients. He's a thoughtful chef who meticulously hones his cooking techniques. He understands the importance of patience at the stove as well as the need for speed when a dish must com...

A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature replace Columbus Day with a named celebration of Native Americans. State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, submitted a bill request last week. Smith said Thursday that the celebration of Christopher Columbus is wrong. Columbus and "his pack" committed atrocities on the indigenous peoples of...

By Nick Woltman Punch Pizza founder John Soranno and cook Nick Chute had choice seats Tuesday at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The pair attended the event as guests of first lady Michelle Obama and sat in her reserved box in the House chambers in Washington.   The St. Paul-based, wood-fired pizza chain, which has...

You can throw off the checkered tablecloths and add a fresh coat of varnish, but you can't erase the spirit of a good old Italian restaurant. Gaetano's Restaurant has been ladling red and pouring white in North Denver since 1947, but a change of ownership in 2005 (when the venerable joint was purchased by what was then the Wynkoop group) lead to a...

by Molly Reitter   It's a tale of two restaurants. One side is redolent of a corner New York City pizza joint, with bright red walls, black-and-white checkerboard flooring and a walk-up counter. It is vibrant, busy and extremely aromatic. The other side is like walking into a secret; think drippy candles in Chianti bottles and Fran...

2012 COLUMBUS DAY PARADE DIGNITARIESThe Columbus Committee is proud to announce that Father Hugh Guentner, will be our Parade Starter, George Falagrady, will be our Grand Marshall, Fred Marzano is our Italian of the Year, and Mike Abruzzi and Diana Frazzini are the Parade King and Queen. Congratulations to our 2012 Columbus Day Parade dignitaries!I...

Il design brianzolo va in mostra negli Stati Uniti, a Denver. E lo fa in maniera virtuale. L'American Instutute of Architects, l'associazione di Washington che riunisce 81 mila architetti statunitensi, ha infatti invitato l'Italian Furniture Design e la Camera di Commercio di Monza e Brianza a partecipare ad 'Aia Virtual Expo 2013', un evento virt...

By Ann Marie BushA scene from a 1970's movie — and some extra money won at an area casino — led Topekan Gary R. Constantino back to doing what he loves — cooking Italian food. Constantino's bright green, red and white Italian eatery on wheels can be found parked in downtown Topeka during lunch Monday through Friday.   Fabiano's, which serve...

by Peter Roper   Pueblo County Transportation Director Greg Severance's fondness for using gangster terms for labeling city trash companies "mafia haulers" in his emails to City Council members didn't amuse the local Order of the Sons of Italy.   In an Aug. 6 letter to Severance's employers, the Pueblo County commissioners, the Italia...

The location of the newest addition to Boulder's lineup of Italian eateries, Via Perla, which opened in March, shouldn't come as surprise to anyone with a rudimentary command of Italian.   It does, however, raise the question of whether there's an American restaurant in Italy called Pearl Street situated on an actual Via Perla. Gnocci A...

by Josh Nguyen   Italian-American Heritage will celebrate its sixth annual festival even bigger this year. "Come on down, everyone is Italian this weekend," said Darren Marasco, chairman of the Italian -American Heritage Festival. The festival will once again will be held at Western Gateway park this year and they have expanded. &...

I fondly remember frequently dining at the original Arcobasso's Italian Ristorante located in North County years ago. Founded, owned and operated by the Tom Arcobasso. It was THE place to dine with my college musician friends.   It was quite the cultural experience. Not only was the authentic Italian food unbelievable, Mr. Arcobasso himself...