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If you’ve ever vacationed in Italy, or maybe daydreamed of spending a season — heck, even a year — there, you’ll appreciate Denver restaurateur Jon Schlegel’s second of two life goals. The first, apparently, was to open a business by the age of 30, which Schlegel accomplished when he started the breakfast behemoth Snooze, now with around 40 locatio...

After almost two years of sitting vacant on South College Avenue, Fort Collins' shuttered Applebee's building has transformed into a real boy, I mean, Italian restaurant.  Pinocchios Incredible Italian — a Northern Colorado chain that started in Longmont in 2003 — quietly opened its doors at 4306 S. College Ave. on Jan. 9, according to owner Annie...

After numerous delays, organizers are tentatively setting a date to reopen Sons of Italy at the end of the month. They hope to open the doors for the organization’s signature lunches and dinners by Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, said Dan Matuella, state lodge president. But there’s a chance the opening could be pushed back to the first week of February. Th...

“New year, new you” is certainly the theme for partners Ty Leon, Heather Morrison, and Austin Carson, who spent the first weeks of 2020 transforming Café Marmotte, the Wash Park West bistro they purchased last summer, into an Italian trattoria inspired by Morrison’s nine-year-old daughter, called Restaurant Olivia. The trio opened the (literal) new...

The Italian Saxophone Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Tickets for the performance, which is part of the museum’s Concerts in the Galleries series, are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students and military. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. The quartet was founded in 1...

Breckenridge-based Piante Pizzeria is bringing vegan pizza to Denver. The pizza spot serves up gourmet, wood-fired pizzas popular with plant-based eaters — thanks to dairy-free cheese and meat-free pepperoni and Italian sausage. The spot has done so well in Breckenridge that executive chef/owner Jason Goldstein decided to offer his pizzas to Denver...

Andrew Oliver has opened Colorado Crust Pizza Co., 6660 Delmonico Drive in a former Papa John’s Pizza. Oliver is no stranger to the restaurant business. His parents, Mike and Betsy Oliver, have owned and operated Oliver’s Delicatessen, 6602 Delmonico Drive, since 1983. Andrew Oliver says the dough used for the crust is what sets his pie apart from...

Primi Pasta and Wine Bar, Durango’s newest restaurant on Main Avenue, opened Friday night in the space formerly occupied by Guido’s Pizza Pasta Panini, offering dishes inspired by the simple, locally-sourced food served in the Italian countryside. Primi’s owners, Jarrod and Tracy Regan, traveled extensively during the past 10 years in Italy, drawn...

Michael Salardino, a lifelong supporter of Pueblo and numerous local organizations, is the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. The chamber is scheduled to hold its 109th annual meeting on Jan. 24 at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St. The evening is set to begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a si...

Twelfth century Italy faced many of the same tendencies and upheavals as modern day America. An affluent society with burgeoning travel and trade at home, the Crusades causing constant conflict abroad, a wealthy church that many felt had lost touch with the people, and everywhere a “pleasure-seeking culture,” according to Glenn Myers, professor of...

Revamped and raring to go, a new pizza joint on East Broadway plans to recreate Old World pizza for Missoulians hankering for a return to authentic Italian pie. Headies Brick Oven Pizza, located at 1250 W. Broadway, will open where the former Zimorino’s Red Pies Over Montana drive-up was located in recent years. The most recent incarnation of Zimor...

The Avon Town Council will examine Columbus Day on Tuesday, and the seven-member board is expected to consider a recommendation to stop observing the holiday in Avon. The recommendation comes from Town Manager Eric Heil, whom the Town Council asked in October to prepare a recommendation on renaming the holiday. Heil said in 2019, some members of to...