Most people go to Kansas City for the barbecue. I go for the fried rice. The kind I still dream about -- a far cry from the clumpy rice huddled with frozen vegetables that gets scooped into takeout cartons -- is a staple dish of chef Michael Corvino’s namesake restaurant, Corvino, on the Missouri side of downtown Kansas City.The fried rice, which c...

When: 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM - Where: River City Casino Grand Ballroom - Price: $100 per person  Tables of 8 or 10 are available. Click here to reserve your tickets This is a formal event; black tie optional. Masquerade masks in the style of Venice’s Carnevale not required, but strongly encouraged! Tickets go on sale November 10th, 2017

The Curtain Call Theatre Company is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding.” Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the Curtain Call Theatre Building, located at 512 E. Elizabeth St. in Kirksville, MO. The show calls for 15 men and 11 women. ″‘Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding’ is an ‘environmental/imme...

When I noticed an Italian buffet was coming to the old Ocean Zen building a while back, I didn’t think much of it. I’m not one who normally enjoys buffets, but when a reader told me The Hill on East Battlefield was unlike any other buffet around, my interest was piqued. A restaurant family, a logical choice. Chef Angel Kim knows restaurants in Spri...

Why is the sky blue? Modern-day scientists know it’s because of the way the sun interacts with air molecules when sunlight enters the Earth’s atmosphere. In Leonardo da Vinci’s time, however, the answer wasn’t so clear. He questioned assumptions of the day, even those that seemed simple. “It’s that type of always asking ‘Why?’ that led (da Vinci) t...

If you stand at the intersection of Marconi and Wilson avenues, you can admire much of The Hill’s appeal and essence. On one corner is the towering red-brick St. Ambrose Catholic Church, built in 1926, that became a gathering hub for the Italian immigrants who comprised the close-knit community. On the other corners are a locally owned Italian gift...

For authentic, Italian pizza, look no farther than Fredrick Avenue. Il Lazzarone opened in St. Joseph in 2014. Since then, the restaurant, located at 1628 Fredrick Ave., has become a destination for Neapolitan pizza. Josh Young recently bought both Il Lazzarone St. Joseph and its second location in Kansas City. Young has been with the restaurant si...

In the south of Kansas City on a corner of 43rd Avenue there is an Italian restaurant called Cupini’s. Eddie Cupini and his father, Franco, have dedicated nearly 15 years to serving the best pasta in town – “Just like my mom used to make,” says Franco – and earning a few awards along the way. But soon they will be leaving behind the restaurant and...

PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria, Italy, who have run a wildly successful pizzeria and restaurant in a strip mall in northern New Jersey for nearly forty years. Retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a short fuse and a soft center, while Fred is...

Musicologist Alan Lomax stated that “the first function of music, especially of folk music, is to produce a feeling of security for the listener by voicing the particular quality of a land and the life of its people.” Apropos that the Italian Sons and Daughters of America’s folk music and dance troupe would call themselves I Campagnoli, which trans...