Russo’s New York Pizzeria (Russo’s), known for authentic New York style pizza’s and authentic Italian fare in both its iconic restaurant chains and in the freezer aisle of grocery stores, is shaking up the restaurant industry with a new, fast-casual, pizza and pasta-focused concept offering a fresh approach to classic Italian dining. Chef Anthony R...

Please note that as of March 1, 2018 passports will not be issued the same day of the appointment. exception will be made for proven emergencies. Therefore, the day of the appointment, beside the required documentation, a prepaid and self-addressed traceable type envelope (express mail, federal express, ups, etc.) has to be provided to mail the new...

Listen, if there's anyone out there who understands the love one can harbor for a place that routinely has some sort of never-ending pasta special going on, it's me. But now, someone has taken that love to a whole new level. Yeah, theseparents are naming their first baby after Olive Garden and it's actually kind of hilarious. OK, OK, so the couple...

Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept, has opened a location in Conway in the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center. Rita’s Italian Ice got its start in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in 1984, and now has more than 600 locations worldwide. Franchisees and owners Tim and Cheryl Nail got their first taste of Rita’s while in Pennsylvania. “Whi...

Little Italy is proud to be a part of the Arkansas State Archives event: Arkansas's Italian Foodways. The event is schedule for Saturday, September 16. The symposium's theme, Fruit of the Vine: Arkansas's Italian Communities and Foodways, will feature presentations by Chris Dorer, Dr. Rebecca Howard, Regina Moyer and State Archives staff member Ter...

Sunday October 1st, 11 AM - 3:30 PM - Location: 33223 AR-300, Roland, AR The 90th Annual Italian Festival combines food, fun, and games for all ages. The event began in 1927 as the Little Italy Grape Festival and continues today as a celebration of Little Italy's Italian heritage. A traditional Spaghetti dinner with specialty Italian Sausage is ser...

A title character plays only a supporting role this week at the Tontitown Grape Festival. That's the grape itself, now relegated to cameo appearances at this venerable yearly celebration, whose roots date to 1899. It's the case that not a lot of grapes are grown today around this Northwest Arkansas community, settled near the end of the 19th centur...

When the first settlers from Sunnyside sat down to a harvest picnic in 1898, the thought of a Ferris wheel or carousel in eyeshot of the church house doors would have been inconceivable. Just as hard to fathom, though, would be the idea that the supper would become a tradition that would span a century and more. This coming week, the 119th Annual T...

With three weeks to spare, volunteers are starting to prepare the homemade pasta for the 119th annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Volunteer Jettie Franco said participating in the festival is a way to share a piece of her Italian heritage with her family and the community. "I think that's what happens in a lot of nationalities, they don't pass down t...

THE cellar is flooded and Chris Ranalli worries about snakes. From the safety of the back door, he points out the sturdy walls—two feet thick, as if to withstand Mediterranean earthquakes—and the elegantly vaulted ceilings. “They lived in the top two storeys and made wine in the basement,” explains Mr Ranalli, who now tends the 100-year-old vineyar...