Today, following the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Frances Cabrini, the downtown-area parish will host a time-honored event: The Spaghetti Dinner. It is a massive feast that has taken weeks to prepare, ungodly quantities of ingredients and lots of volunteers. It will feed several thousand Omahans who will line up for takeout or will dine in, with table serv...

Paul Scalise immigrated to Omaha in 1940 on the last civilian ocean liner to leave Italy before World War II broke out. He was only 17. His father — a U.S. citizen who had returned to Italy — sent Paul here so he wouldn't be forced to join Mussolini's army. Instead, Scalise was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Forces, which fueled a lifelong de...

By Jory Schweers   Indian Creek Mall in Beatrice will soon have a new restaurant. Sam and Louie's New York Pizzeria has been sold and will transition into a new Italian eatery in the near future. Florio's Italian Restaurant and Grille will replace the Sam and Louie's franchise.   More than a year ago, the original owner of S...

by Anna Spiegel   Washington is about to receive a wave of new tasting rooms from ambitious young chefs, including Aaron Silverman's fine dining concept near Rose's Luxury, and part of Eric Ziebold's upcoming restaurant, Kinship. First in line: Masseria, a haute Italian spot from former Bibiana toque Nick Stefanelli.   The 47-seat din...

By Michael Kelly More than 90 years after its founding, the Sons of Italy club in Omaha has elected as president its first "daughter."   Sarita L. "Sarah" Ruma, a mental health therapist at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, will be sworn in Dec. 14 as the first woman to lead the local Cristoforo Colombo Lodge.   Read more &n...

Carl Distefano è un cittadino americano nato nel Nebraska che per lavoro si trasferì a Los Angeles. Da un paio di mesi risiede a Catania e di tornare in America non ci pensa proprio. Noi lo abbiamo intervistato per capire a fondo le ragioni della sua scelta. Come prima cosa gli abbiamo chiesto perché avesse scelto di venire a Catania se abitava in...

The McCook Economic Development Corp. finalized an agreement recently with a group intending to bring an Italian restaurant to the Keystone Business Center. The new owners were unavailable for comment this week but MEDC officials confirmed they had already begun the process of preparing the historic building's kitchen for the new business.  ...

A 93-year-old baker in Omaha can now wear the medals he earned during combat missions in World War II. Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac pinned an Air Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters and five other awards on Claudio Orsi's jacket Wednesday in Congressman Brad Ashford's office.   Orsi received the medals more than 70 years since the l...

Italian immigrants entered the Great Plains first as missionaries such as Fra Marco da Nizza (1495-1558) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), and later as adventurers such as Count Leonetto Cipriani (1816-1888) and Italian American Charles Siringo (1855-1928).   Since Italy was not a unified country until the Risorgimento (1860-70), early...

Documentary film about the history of the Santa Lucia Festival and Omaha's Little Italy For more info visit www.santaluciadocumentary.com/   Get your tickets at www.TicketOmaha.com    Fonte: Magna Grece