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Festa Italiana MN 2014 will be held at Island Lake Park in Shoreview on August 1 – 3. Island Lake Park is located just north of St. Paul at I-694 and Victoria Street. Festa Italiana Minnesota (FIM) is a celebration of the state's Italian heritage.   Established in 2010, Festa Italiana MN began its endeavor to produce a festival celebrating t...

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man o...

Dear ICC members and non members, I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Board to thank you for your continued support, to share the latest news at the Italian Cultural Center, and to inform you on the outcome of our latest Board meeting.   ICC news· The Italian Film Festival closed a few weeks ago, and has been a great success thanks to...

by Robin L. Mainella   After a beautiful structure that can never be replicated is gone, it is gone forever. Many of Duluth's significant structures that have been lost to us perhaps could have been saved. Not those claimed by fire. But others were simply looked at as having seen their day and having outlived their usefulness to a growing ci...

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...

Sarà il Minnesota ad ospitare la Convention ITTONA (International Tyrolean Trentini Organization of North America), l'appuntamento che ogni due anni riunisce in una diversa località i Circoli trentini di Stati Uniti e Canada. Il Circolo trentino del Minnesota è al lavoro da oltre un anno per organizzare l'evento, giunto alla sua ventesima edizione...

by Michael Kelly   He was a charming Italian named Franco with a little wooden fishing boat. She was a tourist from Omaha named Holly, visiting a small village on the Italian Riviera with a friend. Franco was flirtatious at first when they met in 1982, but he was 15 years older. Their relationship, Holly says, never became romantic.&nb...

Festival Italiano will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th at Belmar Shopping Center. Belmar is located at the southeast corner of Wadsworth and Alameda. If you've never attended this event, you should! It's the largest Italian festival in the state and has free admission. Can't beat that!   The IABA (as well as many of t...

When three of our four daughters were able to meet us in Kansas City for a reunion, we decided to relive a family tradition: visiting a museum. So, we explored the best show in town.   Da Vinci: The Exhibition runs until May 1 at Union Station. The exhibit is billed as "an immersive experience that unlocks the mind of a master." We found thi...

Another new restaurant is coming to 1930 S. Oliver. The appropriately named Oliver's Little Italy will open in the next week or so for an Italian lunch buffet. "It's in a good spot for a lunch buffet," says Scott Cosentino, who is opening the business with Dyan Gordon.   The 7,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of rest...

Jay King of Fridley is a third-generation Italian-American, on his mom's side of the family. When he joined the planning committee for the Festa Italiana, a relatively new festival that celebrates Italian heritage in Minnesota, "it was like coming home," he said. In fact, he found out that one committee member is a distant cousin, he said.  ...

The Marion County community invited people to share its Italian heritage at the 9th annual Feast of the Seven Fishes festival.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a centuries-old custom observed primarily by southern Italians, consisting of a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve. Local restaurants showcased their heritage ties, with cultural...