As a result of the Jan. 13 two-alarm fire at the Sons of Italy hall, board members are leaning toward razing the hall and building anew. Said Dr. Tom Pruse of Omaha, president of the state lodge: “I suspect the best option is to bulldoze and rebuild.” He had no estimate on exactly when but expressed hope it could be by the end of the year. The stat...

From pasta to pizza, those around the panhandle hoping to eat some authentic Italian cuisine now have the opportunity. Luigi's in Scottsbluff is open to serve up food that many believe is hard to find in the area.   Owner Nick Trziu says the family-owned business started in Texas and began to move north. This is the second location that the...

By Cindy Gonzalez    The interior remodel of the 125-year-old Santa Lucia Hall that we reported on in March now is complete. On Wednesday, members got together in the spiffed-up digs – which now displays treasured Little Italy photographs and artifacts – to prepare traditional Italian peppers for the 91st annual Santa Lucia Festival. T...

By Carol Bicak All for the love of St. Lucy. After countless hours of filming, three years of work and endless fundraising, the documentary "Devoti" will have its world premiere Friday night in Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall.   It started as a simple video about the cannoli-eating contest at Omaha's Santa Lucia Festival. But...

The Santa Lucia Italian Festival begins its 90th festival on June 5th with the return of the Triumphal Arch.   The Arch, which has been absent from the festival for nearly 10 years, was designed decades ago by early Italian immigrants and is still considered a proud engineering feat.   Read more   Source: http://www.wowt.c...

Sebastiano "Yano" Falcone worked hard to build a strong base for his family in his new home in Omaha, but he always held on to his Sicilian roots. Falcone was a lifelong member of the Santa Lucia Festival Committee, serving from 1946 until his death Sunday. He was 90.   Read more   Source: http://www.omaha.com    

Mike and Elynn Malone first tried Rita's Italian Ice last year when they were visiting their daughter, who's attending college in Wichita, Kansas.   The Crete couple were so taken with the company, which sells treats ranging from snow cones to frozen custard, that they decided to become franchisees and bring it to Nebraska.   Read mor...

There simply aren't very many medieval manuscripts in Nebraska. But we're going to stay on I-80 until we find them all. The 1938 de Ricci Census lists only four manuscripts in a single public collection in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.   Those manuscripts still belong to the university: two books of hours, a theological mi...

By Sarah Baker Hansen   The Caniglia name, long synonymous with Omaha Italian food, will soon vanish from its final Italian restaurant marquee. Caniglia's Venice Inn, the steakhouse that opened in 1957, is shuttering its doors in May.   Once the Ak-Sar-Ben-area restaurant serves its last plate of mostaccioli on May 3, no Caniglia...

by Camila Orti   Omaha Fire Department officials estimate a fire caused around $250,000 in damage to an iconic neighborhood landmark. Crews responded to a two-alarm building fire Friday afternoon at the Sons of Italy Hall near 11th and William streets. Officials said the structure caught fire around 2:25 p.m. A second-alarm was cal...