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Anna Bonavita nonprofit tour series uplifts the towns she explores while immersing visitors in a rejuvenating culinary, cultural and communal experience. Science launched Anna Bonavita’s career, but an appreciation for art led her to create an Italian film festival, a cultural center and a series of highly personal, connoisseur-level cultural tours...

After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Omaha's Santa Lucia Italian Festival is back. For the first time in nearly two decades, the festival returns to the area of its home neighborhood this weekend. The 97th annual festival will be held near 10th & William Streets, in front of St. Frances Cabrini Church and Sons of Italy. The...

Cari amici, we are delighted to announce a new home for the Italian Cultural Center! In September 2021, the ICC will move its offices and classrooms to the vibrant North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis in the historic Traffic Zone Building. Our new location offers a larger, newly renovated space on the top floor of the building. Easy to reach, the...

Tomatoes, onions, and garlic are sauteed and reduced to a perfect consistency. The sauce is seasoned, and roasted red peppers are marinated in the mixture. Freshly charred sausage is then covered with the peppers to create the iconic sandwich of Omaha’s Santa Lucia Festival. The process of creating the sausage-and-pepper sandwich reflects the love,...

AMERICA’S LAST LITTLE ITALY: THE HILL. the award-winning documentary about St. Louis’ most venerable Italian neighborhood, has been named a Silver award-winner for General-History for Non-Broadcast in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis is happy to announce that ICC has recently been appointed Presidio Letterario of the Società Dante Alighieri (DA), one of the most important Italian institution for the promotion and appreciation of Italian language and culture since 1889. ICC will join a network of cultural centers in Italy and abroad pro...

St. Paul's Italian Festival plans to bring back its traditional format as the state lifts its capacity limits and the CDC issues new mask guidance. The festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets, is scheduled for Aug. 6-8. Organizers waited to make the announcement in order to confirm the availability of ten...

The section of Cape Girardeau known as Haarig -- the Good Hope Street area -- is historically thought of as being the German section of town. But the area was also home to several Italian families. One notable family residing and working in the area was the Sciortino family: John (shown above); his wife, Josephine; three daughters, Rose, Angela and...

It is said that every family heirloom holds a unique and deeply personal history. The story of my heirloom—a late Victorian golden oak dresser—begins with a flood: the 1921 Pueblo, Colorado flood. Although the dresser figures in my earliest memories and, more than any other piece of furniture, has remained a fixture in my life, it was not until rec...

For more than 15 years, Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro has served as chaplain on the University of Dallas’ Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known as Due Santi) just outside of Rome, Italy. However, in May, Pope Francis reassigned him to his home diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning on Feb. 2, 2022, as pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Chri...

There's a special kind of church in Uptown right now that has a congregation of just one.  "It's become a church space for me, yes it has," Mark Balma said. "It definitely feels like that now." Balma has created a church-like space for himself in Uptown, where he has rented a studio to work on his paintings. He spends hours there each day, bringing...

Erie News Now has spent the last week taking a look at plans for the region's big summer festivals, fairs and events to see how organizers plan to approach things this year. Our focus this time is on St. Paul's Italian Festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets. It's normally a colorful, noisy, vibrant socia...