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by Angela Mueller Yacovelli's Restaurant in Florissant, which has been in business for 95 years, will shut its doors on Jan. 1. Owners Jack and Jan Yacovelli, who have operated the family business for the past 37 years, said they decided in September to close the iconic restaurant, St. Louis Public Radio reports. "We're tired, we want to hav...

By Karla Walsh After 10 years, Des Moines food fans said goodbye to Cafe di Scala, as owner Tony Lemmo turned a new page in the story of Southern Italian food in the metro. The wait wasn't long for the next chapter. Just a couple months, in fact. Lemmo and his team launched Aposto in early 2016 in the same historic Sherman Hill Victorian that...

At times while fixing Lincoln Winebar's wood-fired pizza oven Friday, craftsman Stefano Ferrara climbed all the way through the oven's small door, his son supporting his feet so Ferrara could reach the back of the four-foot interior.   The Naples, Italy, craftsman is considered one of the best in the business, said Lincoln Winebar owner Jess...

by Jess Fleming   The former Trattoria Da Vinci space in Lowertown St. Paul won't be empty for long - a new, more modern, yet still rustic, Italian restaurant is moving in. The restaurant, to be called Parco 400, will be helmed by chef Troy Unruh, a St. Paul native who spent 12 years working in New York City under big-name chefs like Ma...

By Dr. Allen H. Merriam   Editor's note: Missouri Southern State University will be celebrating the Italy Semester this fall with some 50 events scheduled on campus. For a complete listing, visit www.mssu.edu/italy.   Italy is home to 61 million people who inhabit an area about the size of Arizona. Strategically located on the Mediter...

Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing/retail project on the University of Central Missouri (UCM) campus to serve students, faculty, staff, and the local Warrensburg, Mo. community. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St. location will have more than 100 seats, a bar, and a f...

by Denise Neil He's lived in the United States for 12 years, owned a business in the United States for 10 years and has an American wife. He's even been called for jury duty. Twice. Now, Luciano Mottola, who owns the popular Luciano's Italian Restaurant at 216 W. Main in Mulvane, is also an American citizen.   His big news was pos...

Lenny Russo has taken anything but the straight path in life. How a native of Hoboken, N.J., came to Minneapolis and became a champion of Midwestern foods and farmers is a story of purpose and planning. "Nobody comes to Minnesota for the weather," notes Russo, who left a career as a therapist to cook professionally. Celebrating culinary...

At the wonky corner of Broadway Boulevard and West Pennway Street sits a new experience for Kansas City: Pezzettino's Italian Deli and Market.   Tall windows create an open feel, bringing in ample amount of daylight making light bulbs irrelevant. Beveled marbled top tables, dot the hexagonal tile floor. An open kitchen lures your eyes to the...

MAGELLAN Street in Lismore will soon feature a feast of epic proportions as the thoroughfare transforms for the Eat the Street food festival.   On March 14, the street will be closed to traffic and about 28 largely CBD-based stalls will offer street food from around the globe, accompanied by a heaped serving of local art and music.  ...

Today we honor two Italian-American heroes that lost their lives in a fire last night. Larry Leggio and John Mesh were both veteran firefighters with the KCFD. First responders put their lives on the line every day to save lives. They do it selflessly no matter the circumstance. To the families of Larry & John please know that you are in our th...

Trattoria Fresco's Israel Padilla knows plenty about authentic Italian cuisine. After all, he learned it from a family full of restaurateurs.   But when it came to painting, carpentry or laying down new flooring, he relied on an entirely different source. "Thank god for YouTube," Padilla said. "If it wasn't for how-to videos on YouTube,...