Celebrate all things Italian during the second annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival on April 26-28. Held at the Clinton Presidential Center, the event will feature the best of Italian culture — including those delicious pasta dishes.  Festivalgoers will have the chance to learn how to cook Italian food from true Italians with cooking l...

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...

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...

It may be cold outside, but that isn't stopping the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force canvassers from gathering needed signatures on the petition this Fall and Winter, a necessary step in the bid to become an official state recognized town.   Support of at least 200 voters living within the proposed boundary is needed before presenting t...

The Little Italy Incorporation Task Force yesterday delivered its petition for Little Italy to become an official town in Arkansas to the Pulaski County Courthouse with 235 residents signing in favor of the efforts. Under Arkansas law, a minimum of 200 qualified voters' signatures was required before the petition could be submitted.   "The L...

Chris Dorer, local resident and historian of Little Italy, was approached by the publishers of Arcadia Publishing to do a pictorial book on the community of Little Italy's early days, pre-1970. From the Arcadia website: "The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Each title features mor...

By Jan Cottingham On an uncommonly pleasant August afternoon, two workers labored to perfect the stain on a handsome wood bar facing the entrance of Bruno's Little Italy, while others painted a few yards away.   Gio Bruno excitedly noted that a metal railing separating the restaurant from the pavement on Main Street had been erected in the...

Two Catholics are at the forefront of getting the community of Little Italy to become an incorporated town. Kristy Eanes and Chris Dorer are concerned with the historical preservation of the town and urban sprawl in western Pulaski County and wanted a way to protect Little Italy, which will mark its 100th anniversary in 2015. "Little Italy ha...

On Tuesday evening, July 8th, 2014, the Pulaski County Quorum Court unanimously agreed 14-0 to send a proposed Lake Maumelle Watershed Zoning code amendment forward out of committee to the full Quorum Court for consideration.   This proposed amendment will be read 3 times starting at their July meeting and then will be sent to the Pulaski Co...

The Pulaski County clerk's office has certified a petition from the roughly 380-person community of Little Italy asking to become a town.   Organizers of the effort said Friday that the necessary signatures from qualified voters have been approved. The community 35 miles from downtown Little Rock will plan for a public hearing and, if no cha...