Grand Island is home to the impressive Hall County Courthouse, a stately structure designed by noted architect Thomas Kimball of Omaha. Now, Grand Island residents can be proud that their city’s downtown has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The district contains an intact collection of late-19th and early- to mid-20th-ce...

Work is under way to fix a sole piece of art that survived the Sons of Italy fire from early 2017.  On January 13, 2017, a two alarm fire ripped through the Sons of Italy Hall, a former carriage house in Omaha's Little Italy Neighborhood. In March, the Sons of Italy board voted to renovate the building. It is set to reopen by the end of the year. M...

With a little TLC and a lot of professional expertise, a fire-damaged mural from Little Italy is coming back to life. The 22-foot-long oil painting of Carlentini, Sicily, and Mount Etna was blistered and soot-covered in a Jan. 13 fire that has shut down the Sons of Italy Hall south of downtown. (It’s expected to reopen in June.) Meticulously giving...

Historically home to Omaha’s Italian population Little Italy is in the throes of a growth spurt that’s forcing an iconic metro business to make some changes. Little Italy is outlined by Pacific Street to the north, Center Street to the south, South 10th Street on the west and the Missouri river to the east. It’s an area rich in history. Nancy Calin...

An iconic staple in Little Italy anticipates a huge turnout will jumpstart its rebuilding efforts. Sons of Italy is hoping a dinner fundraiser on Saturday will help them open its doors once again. A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the hall in January which only left the brick frame standing and damage expenses more than $670,000. To help cover some...

Saturday August 12 6 - 10 PM - American Italian Heritage Society - Omaha, NE - 5110 N 132nd St, Omaha 68164. Join il Palazzo for an Ode to the Rat Pack featuring Gooch and His Las Vegas Big Band! Start the night with a gourmet meal created by Chef Paul with an opening act by Aaron Shoemaker, and finish with the sultry renditons of Dean Martin, Fran...

When you’d step inside his restaurant, you’d likely see Sam Amato greeting folks by name and pulling up a chair to gab. “He would get your name and life story,’’ said his son Tony Amato. “If you felt at home, that’s all he cared about.” Sam Amato, who with his wife, Ann, owned Amato’s Cafe & Catering, died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center...

As Pat Venditte looked on from the shade, his bocce team, the Venditte Girls, gave the team from Sons of Italy a run for their money. A flick of the wrist, a gentle toss and then the slow roll of a ball down a carpeted court on Omaha’s riverfront. First a Venditte Girl, then a Son of Italy and back and forth, in the game that is a mix of croquet...

Thursday night marks the start of the 93rd Santa Lucia Festival in Omaha, a four-day celebration. For festival-goers, the heat and humidity will be a concern this weekend as temperatures are expected to climb well into the 90s with heat indicies around the triple digits. Thursday morning, organizers were out finishing set up at the Lewis and Clark...

This Saturday, May 27, the Bancroft Street Market will host “The History of Little Italy,” a unique event celebrating the rich Italian influence on Omaha. Guests can enjoy the music, art, storytelling, and cooking of Italian artists and artisans whose families who have made it to Omaha at some time or another. Carmelita de la Guardia, cabaret singe...