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A young immigrant sailed into New York Harbor in 1871, and in 1942 the image of a white-haired old man returned. Those two dates book-end a musical story of America. According to his death certificate, Frank A. Marynell Sr. was born June 13, 1857, in Italy, but lived most of his long life in Henderson. In 1942 his portrait was taken by O.A. Egloff...

Pennsylvania-based Rita’s Italian Ice will open its first Hawaii location on Tuesday in the Tiki Family Fun Center in Honolulu. According to the company, the brand is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world with 600 stores. The Honolulu location will be owned by Dean Park, who plans to open several more locations in the state. “After hearing r...

Scuola Italiana di Portland announces the appointment of Alessandra Gardino Montgomery as board president and Robert Morse, Sally Hudson, and Melissa Egizio Slechta as new board directors. Departing president and founding member, Grazia Solazzi, has been named Founder and Board President Emeritus for her significant role in establishing and leading...

Italian-born chefs who ply their time-honored trade in America are known to be rigid in their conviction to serve Italian cuisine that is as authentic as possible. That’s a good thing. Why change how things have been done by generations of cooks? There’s plenty of that newfangled Italian fare in this country, anyway. You know what I’m talking about...

It’s a question worthy of true debate: What’s the best pasta shape? You could argue that certain noodles are built to handle certain sauces. You could make a case that stuffed pasta creations like ravioli offer an extra dimension to the dish, but those tasty pillows don’t soak up their surroundings as well as a tender pile of pappardelle. It’s hard...

Of all the world cuisines upon which Los Angeles might base its culinary personality, Italian is not the most obvious. Pasta and braised meats and pizza hardly fit in with the cliché of L.A.'s light and healthy eating habits, nor are they what come to mind when thinking of the appropriate food to complement our perpetually sunny weather. Yet that's...

Why is the opera La bohème still so culturally relevant to modern audiences? While the Bohemian lifestyle of Paris in the 1830’s was the spark for the opera by Puccini, the cultural influence of that earlier movement continues until the present in more modern forms like Boho (short for Bohemian). Why is this opera one of the top 5 most popular oper...

Given the original Rao’s is over a century old in New York City and the Caesars Palace outpost just turned 10, the brand has become an American institution. You can even buy their famed pasta sauce across the country at most grocers. But there is always something about walking through the doors of Rao’s. And while the New York original may be the h...

Yes, please leave the smoked tomato broth.” That’s how we found ourselves answering our server at Nick’s Italian Café in McMinnville on a recent dining excursion. The broth, a wonderful, light ruby liquid with a lovely kick of garlic at the end, accompanied the steamed mussels. They sat in an irregular jumble in a shallow white bowl, surrounded by...

I wanted to come out with a sub that’s as powerful as anything in town, but at the same time have other elements as well,” owner Glenn Plantone tells me of the vision behind his recently opened Plantone’s Italian Market on Warm Springs just west of Durango. Let’s start with the initial goal in that statement. Plantone does indeed make the best Ital...

The parent company of the Hard Rock Hotel’s hit gastro-pub Culinary Dropout is confirmed to be bringing its spin on Italian dining to Las Vegas. Fox Restaurant Concept's North Italia will take over 5,518 square feett of interior space, plus 1,679 square feet of outdoor patio at the Rampart Commons retail center, a couple of doors down from Honey Sa...

A new gallery on Nu‘uanu Street is adding to the art buzz in Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery has opened with a distinctly different mission, one that adds another dimension to Hawai‘i‘s cultural cachet. Ravizza Brownfield: International Fine Art is in the middle of the action in Chinatown, and silent partner, Cr...