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For 130 years, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Catholic Church has been a bastion of Italian culture. Founded in 1894 by and for Italian immigrants, the church is one of the last remaining pieces of North Denver's former Little Italy. It survived a devastating fire, anti-Italian and anti-Catholic prejudice, and every disaster of the 20th century....

The Italian American Club of Duluth hosted their annual spaghetti dinner Wednesday. The $10 meal consists of spaghetti, meatballs, a breadstick, salad, and coffee, juice or water to drink. There is even a special on wine. The club served 900 meals last year. They hope to beat that number this year so they can hand out at least three scholarships. T...

The acclaimed proprietors of Restaurant Olivia, lauded by the Michelin Guide and celebrated as one of Denver’s premier dining destinations, have announced their latest venture, Emilia. Nestled in Denver’s River North District in a 3,700-square-foot space on the ground floor of The Current — a 12-story office development currently under construction...

Memories of a southern Colorado soldier killed during World War II live on eight decades later in Montebuono — a Central Italian comune of about 1,000 residents. Cpl. Paul Horatio Valdez, 26, of Trinidad, was one of eight American soldiers killed by Nazis in a Montebuono monastery on April 13, 1944. His family, who relocated to Pueblo a few years a...

Italy's Culture Ministry officially has suspended art loans to the Minneapolis Institute of Art following disputes over the 1st century Roman sculpture "Doryphoros." Italian authorities believe the statue, which originated in the south of Naples, was illegally excavated in the 1970s. Mia said it purchased it for $2.5 million in 1986 from art dealer...

This local orchestra group hopes to foster music back into the community and is presenting “Italian Serenade”, its final concert for the season on April 28 at 3 p.m. We spoke with Rhonda Gowen, the executive director of the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, to learn more about the serenade and other things you might want to know about. “The Chambe...

Neighborhood joint, approachable food — that’s the message coming from Bret Springs and Zach Marten about The Wise Guy, their new Crossroads bar and restaurant. “Casual red-sauce Italian,” Springs said, “and a relatively aggressive happy hour.” “Pizza, pasta, martinis, cocktails,” Marten said. “You could do a date here, but the game’s on TV too.” T...

In many ways, opening Osteria Bianchi was all about a homecoming for Josh and Kelly Bianchi. For one, Kelly is a Kansas City native, so the return here seemed like the right fit for their family after the glitz of Las Vegas. The American Italian restaurant is also a return to some family roots: Josh’s grandmother is from Sicily, and the restaurant’...

In 1817, when the Italian–born Father Joseph Rosati arrived in St. Louis, he found a ramshackle church, a windowless log cabin for a rectory, and 2,500 people disinterested in religion of any sort. On the best of days, that would fail to cheer a missionary’s heart. But this wasn’t just any day. Rosati had come to St. Louis to prepare the church for...

A meticulously-crafted facsimile of the famed Mona Lisa is coming to the Italian Cultural Center in the North Loop on April 26th. It was painstakingly created by world renowned Minnesota native Mark Balma, using the same techniques and materials that Leonardo da Vinci used in the 16th century to create the original, such as Oil of Spike Lavender an...

Little Italy has a rich history. It’s where Anna Venditte Diederich’s family settled. It’s home to the Santa Lucia Festival, which is celebrating its 100th year.“To be here knowing that our ancestors and my grandma was here at the beginning is such … can’t describe it,” said Diederich. This identity is a part of what makes Little Italy a candidate...

When it comes to specialty food shops and restaurants that have stood the test of time, no St. Louis neighborhood does it better than the Hill. The south city neighborhood still wears its Italian roots proudly, with fire hydrants and even crosswalks proudly sporting the Tricolore, and naturally there are numerous Italian delis, bakeries, coffee sho...