The banks of the Arkansas River resembled a scene out of Italy as the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival took over North Shore Riverwalk Park this weekend. "Maybe the best thing of all with all the incredible food, the incredible wine, incredible activities is all the money goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas," festi...

We do Greek; we do Jewish; we do Indian. So it’s about time that Arkansas held a citywide festival celebrating all things Italian. Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, the first Arkansas Italian Food & Cultural Festivalwill bring food, Baggo and bocce tournaments (for cash prizes!), food, a grape stomp challenge, food, an Italian car exhibition, fo...

Questa è una storia nella Storia, una storia minore, di guerra. Non parla di eroi, di attacchi, combattimenti, di avanzate di carri armati. E’ una storia di prigionieri di guerra; i “P.W.”, Prisoner of War. Ma per chi l’ha vissuta, questa storia minore, non è stata meno importante, meno pesante di tante altre tragedie. Per fortuna, almeno questa, è...

Arkansas is home to a number of food and wine festivals. And later this month, a new festival will be added to the lineup. The first Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, will be held in Riverfront Park, North Little Rock, April 20-21. The festival will kick off with an Italian Film Spotlight and VIP Reception, 5:30-10 p.m. April 19 at The Un...

Our dear friend Fred Petrucelli celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend. It might seem like an April Fools’ Day joke because he doesn’t look or act 100. He could pass for decades younger. He is well-read, well-spoken and has a great sense of humor. Fred has been a journalist for more than 60 years, and my husband and I met him when we worked wit...

North Little Rock is getting ready to turn red, white and -- green. From April 20-21, everything from the bridges over the Arkansas River to the cotton candy carried through the North Shore Riverwalk Park will sport the tricolore -- the colors of the Italian flag -- for the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival. Patrick Presley, direct...

Student Organization Outreach and Involvement Experience (SOOIE) announces Registered Student Organization Member, Advisor, and Event of the Month for February. The winners are as follows: The Member of the Month for February is Brooke Borgognoni from II Circolo Italiano. Borgognoni, a senior, has been an active member in the Italian club since her...

Currently there is a great re-awakening of pride in Italian heritage in Arkansas: and we believe the Arkansas Italian food and culture festival on April 20th and 21st is playing a major role in this reality. This festival will serve as a great way for people of Italian heritage to celebrate the unique, distinct, history of Italy and Arkansas and a...

Immerse in Italian culture at the first annual Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival, presented by Relyance Bank, coming to North Shore Riverwalk on Friday, April 20, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. “The goal is that when you’re at the festival and close your eyes and listen, and smell the food, that you will be inundate...

An Italian restaurant chain has shuttered its outlet in west Little Rock after nearly 25 years in business. A recorded message Monday via Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s phone number confirmed the closure at 11100 W. Markham St. The Romano’s location in Little Rock was the only one in Arkansas. Around the time it opened in the mid-1990s, the Markham Stre...