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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....

By Stephen Deere   In a scene reminiscent of a free-agent signing ceremony, one of the world's top chess players stood amid a small crowd at the St. Louis Chess Club, a few feet from where his performance last year left commentators searching for superlatives. But instead of outmaneuvering opponents, Fabiano Caruana was shaking hands wi...

by Loryn Elizares Food may reign supreme as the foremost reason people flock to the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, but that all-you-can-eat pasta and garlic bread can work up a thirst. Four festival booths and some special events will keep you refreshed and ready to eat, grape stomp and shop your way through the festival, running Oct. 10-11. &n...

The feast of St. Lucy is December 13th and in Italy ushers in the Christmas season. In keeping with this long-lasting tradition, the Cultural Center will have a celebration at the Center on the feast day, Sunday, December 13th. The celebration will begin with the lighting of the Christmas Fire at 3:30 pm. This will be followed by a candlelig...

by Nick Halter   Vescio's has closed its St. Louis Park restaurant after 33 years and sold the property to the owner of Sela Roofing & Remodeling, who plans to eventually redevelop the property and the next-door motel. "We want to thank all of our long time customers to our St. Louis Park location," the Vescio family wrote on Facebo...

Like so many Italian kids before and after him, 10-year-old Marten Gasparini would play in his backyard and dream of one day becoming a professional athlete. But here's the curveball to your assumption: Gasparini's aspiration was to play baseball, not soccer.   Those hopes are often dashed for American kids who grow up with easy access...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St Paul is a non-profit organization founded in 2006. The ICC promotes the best of Italian culture in Minnesota to people of all ages, and creates stimulating opportunities for enrichment on personal and community levels. We provide Italian language classes which are taught by native instructors. In additi...

June 18 will be the first day that Museum of the Rockies visitors can take in an exhibit they've never seen before — and probably will never see again.   "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii" will illustrate not only the wealth that people loved to show off during the years before Vesuvius did them all...

By Dick Kaegel   KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old shortstop Marten Gasparini, considered by some experts to be the most promising European prospect ever. Gasparini, from Cervignano, Italy, reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $1.3 million -- highest ever for a European, eclipsing the previous mark of...

Italian guitarist Nando di Modugno will join the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra for a Feb. 8 performance that includes both classical and modern compositions.   The symphony will perform selections from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and the first movement of Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings." Then the musicians will accompany di Modugno o...

Dozens of southeast Kansans celebrate Italian culture with food this afternoon. "Too often what we see is our parents and our grandparents had certain traditions that maybe our younger people don't carry on. And so, by hosting these kinds of events we're able to make sure that that heritage lives on," says Linda Grilz, co-host of the Italian Exhib...