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...

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...

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill — In a city as dynamic as St. Louis, businesses come and they go.  Nowhere is this more true than in the city’s thriving, and at times, fickle restaurant industry.  As a Midwestern culinary center, St. Louis has been home to ingenuity and innovation in the industry.   We’ve seen the births and deaths of thousands of indi...

Conventional wisdom states that many of us “want what we don’t have and often have what we don’t want.” While this can serve as an obstacle to achieving our dreams and ambitions, this dilemma can be overcome by wisely “playing the hand that one is dealt.” One individual who adheres to this philosophy is Italian singer/songwriter and guitarist Andre...

Rita Levi-Montalcini, OMRI, OMCA was an Italian Nobel laureate, honored for her work in neurobiology. She was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with colleague Stanley Cohen for the discovery of nerve growth factor It’s said, in Italy, many young girls dream of becoming someone like the late Rita Levi-Montalcini – a woma...

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis presents The Tallis Scholars on Sunday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. “Leading performers of Renaissance sacred music, privileged to perform in the Sistine Chapel to mark the final stage of Michelangelo’s frescoes restoration, The Tallis Scholars have earned world-wide renown as “a capella superstars.” They return to th...