Rochester’s Historic Southwest gets its own 187th Street, Little Italy. With the kind of plans Pasquale Presa has for his neighborhood, it makes sense that he’s drawing on the traditions from some of the most significant of all time. “We want to build a true neighborhood place that Rochester is missing. I’m bringing the old ways of how I grew up in...

Save the date, and don’t miss a wonderful educational opportunity!  St Cloud State University professors, Christine Imbra and Steven McCullar, will join ICC scholarship award recipient, Jessica Gehrke, as they compare Italian higher education to our system in the United States! The SCSU team has a long term relationship with the University of Macer...

Enjoy an evening of the world's finest Italian cars at Pazzaluna in St. Paul on Thursday, July 27th. This event is hosted by Wheels of Italy, an organization dedicated to Everything Italian On Wheels. Enjoy an Italian Piazza atmosphere, Italian Vehicles, Live Music, Pazzaluna Signature Drinks, Beer, Wine and Food. Food and beverage service outside...

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates the opening of its 50th location on Tuesday and the brand’s first Minnesota location at 8450 Hudson Rd. in Woodbury. Opening at 10:30 a.m., Portillo’s is celebrating the new restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Portillo’s founder Dick Portil...

John Mariucci was born to Italian immigrants on the Iron Range. The Eveleth boy grew into a young man about the time the Great Depression hit, which might explain why he played hockey with his heart on his sleeve, always ready to take one -- or six -- for the team. He was an All-American and national champion at the University of Minnesota, then pl...

Help us choose a theme for next year's "Italian Film Festival's Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards" -- new in 2018! In 2018, the Italian Film Festival (IFF) celebrates its tenth year! To commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emergi...

Natalina “Nona” Maracchini Monti, 99, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at home in Hibbing. Natalina was born in Montelago, a town in the Province of Ancona, Italy, on Dec. 20, 1917, to Nazzareno and Maria (Baldelli) Scipioni. While she didn’t make it quite to her 100th birthday, in her Italian view, she was 100 as she...

Parma 8200 in Bloomington in closing, after a seven-year run. The upscale Italian restaurant and bar, operated by D’Amico & Partners, opened in 2010 in the Normandale Lake office complex. The restaurant’s final day will be Saturday, July 7. “As Parma 8200 closes its doors, we look forward to new opportunities,” said co-owner Richard D’Amico in a st...

Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...

One of the largest solar energy initiatives in Minnesota, the Aurora project, has been completed, its owner said Tuesday. The Aurora project features 16 separate solar power plants in Minnesota that together will provide electricity to Xcel Energy under a long-term contract. Aurora, which cost $290 million, is owned by Enel Green Power North Americ...