NEWS FROM : MIDWEST  

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,...

Mona's, the new "American-Italian joint" from restaurateur Brendan Marsden, opens for dinner today (October 19) at 5257 Shaw Avenue on the Hill. Mona's replaces Marsden's previous venture, Modesto, which closed in August after 15 years.   "It's definitely not Italian-American like what you'll find at the other restaurants on the Hill or St....

Esce in questi giorni il nuovo numero di "It@lico", magazine dell'Associazione Italiano per piacere, diretto a St. Louis da Franco Giannotti.   È proprio Giannotti che, come di consueto, presenta i contenuti del periodico: "iniziamo con il resoconto della riunione precedente che ci ha offerto la possibilità di riscoprire uno dei grandi padri...

Our culinary adventure began in early summer when my friend, Ellen Henry, and I decided to create a multi-course Italian dinner that would help raise funds for my October trip to the country.   I had two reasons for visiting Italy: First, I would serve as one of 240 Slow Food USA delegates during Slow Food International's biannual confe...

Vocal recitals are not exactly a staple at the Aspen Music Festival, but it was a fine idea to line up the vivid and irrepressible Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo when he was available to sing a recital in the Benedict Music Tent on Thursday evening.   Grigòlo displayed a gorgeous lyric tenor voice, magnificent control of dynamics, from loud...