There’s a first time for everything, and this time it was dancing. Not by me after discovering Viàle Pizza & Kitchen (which would have been unseemly for an anonymous restaurant critic), but by servers in a scene straight out of La La Land. One server was running late, and when she finally arrived, the other server broke into a grin and twirled her...

The influx of settlers to Weldon Valley in the 1880s led to founding of a town, first called "Duel," then later, at the request of its residents re-named Weldona. This town was destined to grow and prosper and serve as one of the principal business and social centers of the Weldon Valley community in most of the first half of the last century.

Italian tactician Paolo Tramezzani is reportedly heading to Major League Soccer as Coach of Colorado Rapids. According to Calciomercato.it, the deal has been done and he is ready to fly out for this new experience. Tramezzani was assistant manager to Gianni De Biasi for Albania, then left to lead teams by himself. The 47-year-old had two spells in...

The management team of Mici (pronounced mee-chee) Handcrafted Italian has its roots firmly planted in Italy and its sights set on growth in the U.S. Founded by siblings Jeff, Michael, and Kim Miceli, the Denver-based, fast-casual Italian concept was built by combining old family recipes with an understanding of modern family life; the food is whole...

The primary forces motivating Italian migration, at its height from 1880 to 1920, were overpopulation, a series of crop failures and agricultural depressions, and a general discontent among the contadini, the "peasants." And, at the time, the United States of America was in a position to receive newcomers.  Technological advances in America, railro...

I appreciate when a restaurant has a firm grasp on its identity. Come Back Inn, the long-standing eatery at the corner of Swan and Breckenridge streets, is such an establishment. The homey, neighborhood vibe coupled with dishes that are unabashedly covered in bubbling layers of cheese, speaks to the restaurant’s distinction as an Italian-American p...

Mother Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants. She is known for her dedication of caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, abandoned, and especially, Italian immigrants. She founded 67 institutions including orphanages, schools and hospitals, spread across the U.S. — New York, Colorado and Illinois — Central and South America. Mother Cabrini was b...

The first time Paul Bonacquisti was fired from his job as a DJ, he spontaneously asked his partner, Judi, to marry him. The second time, in 2005, he decided to open a winery. Both were ultimately good decisions: The happy couple has now been together for 20 years, and they jointly run Bonacquisti Wine Company, Denver’s longest-running urban winery.

One of the best restaurants in Denver, Colorado, Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar, located opposite Union Station in Downtown Denver, brings an elegant and welcoming setting for diners to relax and enjoy true flavors of Italy.  With exciting ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, the Chef’s Table is an opportunity to learn and be inspired as...

Thinking back on this holiday weekend, I'm especially thankful for a couple of drives into the northern Colorado mountains this fall inside impressive vehicles built in the hills of Italy. They're the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio all-wheel-drive SUV and 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia AWD luxury sport sedan. Of both, I'd say, "È bellissimo" — so beautiful.