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It seems like this spring and summer, I've been crushing on the new +39 Restaurant, Market & Cantina, the Italian restaurant that opened across from the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in April. Maybe it's the Italian accent that makes my heart beat a little faster.   My crush started innocently enough with a night of gelato...

Welcome to the block, Trencento Quindici Decano. Translating to 315 Dean to honor its street address, the St. Regis welcomes the new restaurant to its Aspen property this June, bringing hand-crafted Italian cuisine to the mountains.   Executive Chef Thomas Riordan and Executive Chef David Viviano, joining The St. Regis from The Westin Phoeni...

by Justin Wilfon   This week the website Geekologie named toasted ravioli Missouri's signature dish. The Now KC's Justin Wilfon went to one of the few KC restaurants that serves it, to see what all the fuss is about.    Toasted ravioli originated in the famous Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, known as The Hill. "The r...

As Denver has grown, the Highlands has become known for its ample selection of neighborhood eats. But while many restaurants in this area are often inundated by big crowds and long waits, there are still a few more hidden gems waiting to be discovered.   Spuntino, with its relaxed atmosphere and stream of regulars, is one Highlands eatery th...

We've brought the best Italian gelato to Colorado. From Italy. Now we need your help to open our first retail location in Boulder. NOTE: This is a new version of a previously-uploaded project. Due to outside funding, our goal has changed from $50,000 to $10,000.   In the last 18 months we've perfected our recipes, created a solid wholes...

by Joshua Vail The annual 4-H International Tasting Tea will feature a taste of Italy this year at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. The featured country is inspired by Beatrice Di Cristina, an exchange student from Italy staying with the Kim Umbarger family.   Di Cristina is from Perugia, a city about two hours north of Rome. She s...

by Cara Smith   Nash D'Amico's latest project is still over a month away from opening, but the seasoned Italian restaurateur is already scoping out ripe opportunities. D'Amico, best known for his Rice Village staple D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe, told the HBJ that even though his latest project, Fellini Gelato & Caffee, is still und...

Cossetta's plans a 500-person event center in a next-door property in the latest expansion by the St Paul Italian restaurant. The Pioneer Press has the details on the plan, which will expand the restaurant's already-busy catering operation, Cossetta Eventi, currently housed in the building next to the restaurant on West Seventh Street.  ...

Festa Italiana MN 2014 will be held at Island Lake Park in Shoreview on August 1 – 3. Island Lake Park is located just north of St. Paul at I-694 and Victoria Street. Festa Italiana Minnesota (FIM) is a celebration of the state's Italian heritage.   Established in 2010, Festa Italiana MN began its endeavor to produce a festival celebrating t...

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man o...

by Katie Tonarely   Reader Kat Minx describes herself as a downtown Springfield kind of gal, but after an extended trip around the United States that included spots along the West Coast, she found herself back in Springfield, living on the south side. Her new home meant finding new stomping grounds that didn't all include downtown Springfi...

Small, but mighty. D'Arpino's Italian Cafe on South National is the epitome of "blink and you might miss it," but for those who know it's around, it's become a yummy staple. This small restaurant has a big following, people who stick around and become regulars.   A dream come true for this Italian family. And those regulars become like famil...