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...

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 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...

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...

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      

By Betsie Freeman Omaha's American Italian Heritage Society hasn't had a home of its own since it moved out of Little Italy in 2006. That's about to change. Construction crews are grading land at 132nd and Fort Streets for the group's new hall, an 18,000-square-foot building that will house a banquet room, meeting areas and a full commercial...

La Festa Italiana is on the move. It will be outside a newly constructed American-Italian Heritage Center at 132nd and Fort this year.   The center called Il Palazzo will be a little piece of Italy in northwest Omaha. It will have a banquet hall and members can take courses on Italian music, language, history, and cooking. It's on sched...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...