NEWS FROM : MIDWEST  

by Kristin Mason   Oh Bagalis, Bagalis! The words escape me when attempting to describe the delectable cuisine being effortlessly ushered out of the immaculate kitchen onto the pristine stage known as the dining room floor of Bagalis.   From the moment you spot this adorable eatery on a quaint corner of Main Street in the picturesque...

The Italian ambassador to the United States visited North Dakota for the first time Wednesday, stopping at the University of Mary to share his vision for trade potential between the two nations and highlight cultural exchanges.   Claudio Bisogniero told dozens gathered in the U-Mary business school auditorium that Italy needs economic growth...

On the corner of Wilson and Marconi a tavern was built and operated by Anheuser-Busch as early as 1902. With the onset of Prohibition, it was considered a bad investment to continue operation. So the business was sold and purchased by the Merlo family and was named Merlo's. In Italy, Merlo and his family were farmers and worked pitching hay.  ...

by Michael Morain   Well, it's "arrivederci" for Cafe di Scala. After 10 years, the popular Sherman Hill restaurant will serve its final course on New Year's Eve. But don't worry, diners: It will reopen Jan. 1 as Aposto, with the same team out front and back in the kitchen. Under owner Tony Lemmo and chef Phil Shires' new plan...

By Valerie Schremp   Bart Saracino Sr. came to America from a small farming town near Rome with $7 in his pocket, a suitcase of clothing, and a willingness to learn and give.   Over the decades, he would raise four sons and become the Bart of the Bartolino's Italian restaurants: Bartolino's South in south St. Louis County and Bartol...

Spring is back, and so are Rita's Italian Ice's regular hours. Wichita's two Rita's, at 2929 N. Rock Road and at 1021 E. Douglas, have been operating on shortened hours over the winter, closing Mondays through Wednesdays.   The local franchisees restored the normal hours late last week and will continue them through the spring and summer: n...

by Italian American Business Association   We have several volunteers but need more. September is almost here and the big Italian Festival is the 10th & 11th which is right around the corner! As we have done every year, we will have a booth at Festival Italiano which is held at the Belmar Shopping Center. It's a lot of fun!! Festival Ita...

Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, will be in St. Louis to present his documentary Girlfriend in a coma, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Washington University's Steinberg Auditorium. After the screening, Mr. Emmott will discuss and answer questions about his documentary which deals with the current political and economic crisis...

Italian Grill® will open a new location with a new look but will deliver the same great dining experience. On November 11, the Lakewood Carrabba's will open its doors at 14770 W. Colfax Avenue, located on the west side of the Colorado Mills Mall. The new restaurant features a new look -- inside and out -- and will open for lunch daily at 11 a.m. "...

by Marianne Peri-Sack   The selection of Miss Italian St. Louis and Miss Junior Miss Italian St. Louis was held at an annual pageant on Sunday, July 27, at St. Ambrose Church basement.   The requirements included being of ¼ Italian descent and submission of an essay on the subject – "Why do I want to be crowned Miss Italian St. Louis...

by Patt Johnson   Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman is adding an Italian eatery to his list of restaurants in the Des Moines metro. By year's end, Gerleman expects to open Jethroni Pepperoni, a casual Italian restaurant that will be located in the former Pizza Hut on Adventureland Drive in Altoona.   "There will be no barbecue at this...

All members are invited to the annual meeting of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Join us to learn about our achievements for this year, exciting plans for next year and meet fellow members! This year we are honored to have WCCO TV co-anchors, Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello in attendance. We wish to recognize Frank...