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by Nancy Stiles   Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.   "We occupy an old...

by Amy Carlson Gustafson   The Twin Cities loves its fashion. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is extending the hours for the final two weekends of "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945." The exhibit, which features a variety of pieces from major fashion houses including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Missoni and Dolce...

Sister Mary Anne Leto (Mary Jacinta), CHM, 87, died July 1, 2015, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston. Services are at Bishop Drumm, Our Lady of Peace Chapel. Vigil will be 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, and funeral Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. Burial services and interment will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Mount Olivet Cemetery,...

It all started with Hieronymus Bosch. My Wednesday morning Bible study was learning about Christian art and we had gotten up to the Northern Renaissance when our teacher, Rev. Chris Shorow, mentioned that a painting by the Dutch master, Heironymus Bosch had just been authenticated at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. There are on...

A top Italian chef, Giuseppe Migliaccio, who has cooked all over Europe, is coming to the United States, including to the Kansas City area in early August and will be presenting a seminar at K-State Research and Extension, Miami County office, 104 S. Brayman St. in Paola at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7. He will speak on the importance of eating locally produce...

The Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 jazzed up its annual academic endowments with some high-class Las Vegas-style entertainment Saturday at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.   In a strikingly decked out dining hall — a perfect complement to the full house of sharp dressed men and women — 19 students of Italian heritage received both...

Alex Malone may be the bravest man in America. By day, the 26-year-old is a scientist in Fargo, N.D. By night, he eats pasta. All of the pasta.   Malone is one of the few to score the coveted $100 Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion from Olive Garden. With the help of an egg-cellent pun — All of Garden — he's begun blogging his 49-da...

by Allie Scheu   Stay cool with this velvety treat. Known for their in-house creations, Sarto's Social Italian Eatery serves a Hazelnut Panna Cotta that you'll go nuts over. This dessert is accompanied by a small handful of candied pistachios and a drizzling of chocolate sauce.   The combination of nuttiness and chocolate provide...

Stressed-out voters will be able to celebrate the outcome of the election – or drown their sorrows – in a pillowy pizza pie. The owners of Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria have chosen Wednesday, Nov. 9 – the day after Election Day – as the official opening day for their new restaurant at 1706 E. Douglas, right next door to Hopping Gnome Brewing Comp...

A top-tier European soccer club may find its next star on a Sioux Falls youth soccer field. Sampdoria, which plays in Italy's top league for professional soccer, is partnering with the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club to host an annual elite player camp and potential training for youth coaches in Sioux Falls.   The team, based in Genoa, Italy, h...

St. Paul restaurant Cossetta is adding a new concept to its growing enterprise: A rosticceria specializing in carry-out meats and sides. The Pioneer Press reports that Cossetta, which went through a big renovation in 2013, will start offering a new menu of take-out items like rotisserie chicken and prime rib sandwiches, as well as sides like i...

Mike Andino is a Glenview native who works as a chef at Gusto Italiano restaurant. After graduating from Glenbrook South High School in 2001, he attended Kendall College culinary school in Evanston. Italian food is in his blood, he said, because his mother is from Italy.   Why did you want to be a chef? "I just love being creative and gettin...