A new restaurant is opening at East Hills Shopping Center. Primavera Italian Restaurant will be located at 3818 Frederick Blvd., in the building that previously housed Carlos O’Kelly’s. The eatery plans to be open by late summer or early fall. “We are excited to welcome a friendly, family-owned restaurant to the East Hills tenant line-up,” said...

Nearly 19 years after opening in the Freight House, Lidia’s Kansas City is now offering a children’s menu. Cody Hogan, Lidia’s new general manager, said Lidia’s has always catered to families with children, but now it has a dedicated menu featuring smaller, simplified versions of the restaurant’s classic Italian dishes. Prices range from $7 to $9.5...

A lot of veal has been parmed since 1967, which is when Rich Ronzio and Charlie Mugavero opened the first Rich & Charlie’s, a small Italian deli at Delmar Boulevard and Old Bonhomme Road. The four-restaurant chain has started celebrating the milestone by offering specials that appeared on the original menus. The company now is owned Ronzio's nephew...

A tale of courage and survival was on the big screen April 8 as part of the Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis. Pierette Domenica Simpson, a survivor of the 1956 sinking of the Italian luxury liner the Andrea Doria, shared her story during the  screening of her documentary, “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” Ms. Simpson was introduced to...

Having languished in circuit court limbo for more than a year, the appeal case of Little Italy’s incorporation is still waiting for its day in court. Last spring, Little Italy residents appealed a decision by Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde denying their petition to incorporate the roughly 380-person community into a city. In March 2016, petitioner...

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, located in Rock Hill, MO has announced their Giveback Tuesday.  It is created to benefit Pedal the Cause.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017. One day each month 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of lunch, dinner, drinks and carryout are donated to charities.  Contributions have exceeded more tha...

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Anthony Mancuso, 77, passed to his eternal reward on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. The Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. followed by visitation from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6415 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday,...

Today is Volpi’s grand reopening after a stunning renovation. A cornerstone of the Hill, Volpi opened in 1902. You can find their authentic prosciutto even in Italy. Armando Passetti, a modest and gracious gentleman, started working with his uncle in the 1930s. At 92, he still comes to work. He’s fortunate to have a enterprising daughter, Lorenza,...

Winemaking, farming, food and coming together for community events have a long history in the St. James area. Known locally as the Meramec Highlands, our region is also fondly known as “Little Italy of the Ozarks” thanks to the establishment of an Italian settlement here more than a century ago. Join St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Compan...

On this very day 100 years ago, the United States made the grave decision to enter a conflict that had brought devastation to Europe for the previous three years. Among the many Americans who joined the front lines was a young reporter from The Kansas City Star: Ernest Hemingway. In 1918, Hemingway was wounded on the battlefields of Italy, an exper...