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A long-time Omaha Italian restaurant is closing its doors. After more than 30 years in business, Lo Sole Mio announced on Wednesday that it will permanently close. The Losole family says they had been looking for someone to buy the business but had no offers, forcing them to shut down the South Omaha restaurant. Their last day will be on Saturday,...

Mickey’s Ristorante, an Italian restaurant that started business two months ago as Scimeca’s, is still open in western Shawnee and serving up pizza, pasta and sandwiches now under its new name. Where exactly? Located at 22716 Midland Dr., the new eatery can be found near Sombrero’s Mexican Cantina and Goodcents, just east of Kansas Highway 7.

Denver may not have a Little Italy (not anymore, at least), but we're still hungry for Italian. So hungry, in fact, that when we started tallying the best Italian restaurants in the metro area, we decided to split the category in two: modern Italian and old-school red-sauce joints.What's the difference? We could talk about style of service or creat...

In Columbia, Michelle “Shelly” La Fata, owner of Pasta La Fata, is beginning the next chapter of her food story with the opening of her brick-and-mortar shop and deli. For the last several years, La Fata and her team have handcrafted pasta and other Italian-style delicacies for sale at the Columbia Farmers Market and other pop-up venues. With the o...

On North Oak Trafficway sits a tiny storefront in a quiet strip center dotted with picnic tables with large green umbrellas where people are eating lunch – because there is no room to sit down inside. That’s how you know the food is good at The Italian Sausage Co., a mini-Italian market, East Coast deli and handmade sausage counter in Gladstone, Mi...

Hey, you! Yeah, the one absorbed in your laptop, absently nibbling on that exquisite carpaccio and ignoring your dining companion. You’re sitting in probably the most elegant restaurant in St. Louis today, and nothing on that laptop is more important than either the person across the table or those rosy, gossamer flakes of beef, arranged with gener...

You never forget your first time. I was sighing over a forkful of Antonio Laudisio’s fresh, al dente fettuccine scarcely dressed with a simple tomato sauce and a blessing of high-end olive oil. I flashed back to the first time I tasted risotto at Laudisio Ristorante eons ago. I remember the taste, the texture, the aroma and my amazement that Italia...

Rocco DiSpirito rose to fame in the early 2000s as the chef at New York City's Union Pacific and the star of television's first hospitality-focused reality series,The Restaurant. Today, the cookbook author and TV personality is focusing on healthy eating with Made by Rocco, the very small-scale meal delivery service he launched as a way to demonstr...

A customer walked into Scimeca’s Ristorante in Shawnee this week asking if it is new. His second question, “Are you related to Scimeca’s?” That would be Kansas City’s deep-rooted Scimeca’s Famous Sausage Co. (circa 1935). Mickey Scimeca, owner of the new Shawnee Crossing restaurant, is quick with the disclaimer. He has no affiliation with the Kansa...

Josh Albarelli is seemingly always on the move. For many in Kansas City, Stag Pizza has been impossible to miss. The small white and teal pizza trailer with its distinctive red “STAG PIZZA” sign has been making the rounds throughout town for several years, popping up outside of breweries and at street festivals – and even the occasional private par...

Iowa is a hub of great Italian food, but hidden in the small Fayette County city of Oelwein might be one of the state’s best-hidden gems. Not only does Leo’s Italian Restaurant serve up huge portions at reasonable prices, but it’s also been dishing up its famous fare since 1922. As it celebrates its centennial, this three-generation family-owned le...

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is opening this week in Kansas City at 10406 NE Cookingham Dr., offering an order-ahead option and third-party delivery services. Owned and operated by business partners and friends, Mike and Kathleen Brooks and Mark and Sumer McPhee, the store brings 20 jobs to the area. "Having moved from Las Vegas where Capriotti's is v...