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by Bob Curtwright   Is "The Light in the Piazza" opera for the Broadway crowd or Broadway for the opera set? Well, it's sort of both, says Wayne Bryan, guest director for the lushly romantic tale about the meeting of a naive American tourist and a lovestruck Italian boy in Florence, Italy, during one summer in the post-war 1950s.  ...

21 Nov 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Italian Cultural Center - 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 501 - Registration - Member $15.00 (USD), Non Member  $20.00 (USD). The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special Italian round table book discussion--- Tavola rotonda, "Pista nera" di Antonio Manzini! ICC native Italian...

The late Patsy Guadnola, a beloved music teacher for many decades in Glenwood Springs who died this past March at age 92, has been inducted into the Colorado Italian American Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016.   She joins 111 other Italian Americans who made their mark in Colorado history and have been selected to the Hall of Fame ov...

When Chef Todd Macdonald announced he'd be joining Luke Shimp's Red Cow empire after Parella closed suddenly last winter, it was a bit perplexing, to say the least.   Now the duo have revealed their master plan to Mpls./St. Paul Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, and it's a beauty: An Italian and pizza joint in a former auto body shop in th...

When Marco Pietro Griffero Jr. worked the front of the house at Pietro's Restaurant, he wore a suit and tie and his trademark wingtip shoes. He called the busboys laddie or laddie boy — they turned over too frequently for him to remember their names. He loved to dim the dining room's lights.   Was it too dark? "Well," he would say to a compl...

The Lodge and the Auxiliary will award scholarships at the June dinner. The Auxiliary voted to give out 4 scholarships this year (2 girls/2 boys) – this is in addition to what the Men's Lodge will give away.   Any member, son, daughter, and/or grandchild of a Lodge or an Auxiliary member who will be attending a college, community college, or...

Once again we are proud to announce our partnership with the MN Opera – opening their 2014-2015 season with Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del west.   From the Italian master who wrote Madame Butterfly and Turandot, this opera offers a romantic portrait of America's iconic Golden West. Puccini's gorgeous melodies and blazing orchestral color...

By Nikki Patrick Everything from antique sausage grinders to colorful clothing fashioned from fabric scraps will be on the display in "The Italian Heritage," the next quarterly exhibit at the Miners Hall Museum, Franklin. But that's only a part of the display. "We've been trying to tell a story with our display and tie in people and families...

by Eve Hill-Agnus   You can't miss it. The biggest, flashiest restaurant in Trinity Groves has its name in Broadway marquee lights. Add a windmill and it's Moulin Rouge, my friend says as we approach.    When Phil Romano conceived his restaurant incubator with two business partners almost 12 years ago, he saved himself the end sp...

Festa Italiana – scheduled this year July 17-18 at Harriet Island in St. Paul – is looking for enthusiastic volunteers eager to showcase Italy's regional richness and diversity to Festa's visitors. If you know and love a particular Italian region and would like to tell other people what makes it great, join Festa Italiana volunteers when they...

Today we honor Jasper Mirabile, Sr. of Jasper's Restaurant & Marco Polo's Italian Market. Please read the following hisory of Jasper's taken from www.JaspersKC.com. In 1954, a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar was opened in Kansas City by Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper. The restaurant, named Jasper's, quickly became a popula...

As the sun lowers in the sky, the sounds of laughter and conversation are heard inside the Downtown Plaza - the kind of energy that can only be generated from those sharing a hearty meal together.   Nestled within the Plaza is a small 12 table restaurant, Cugini Italian Bistro. Candle lit tables and bistro-style decor creates an intimate amb...