NEWS FROM : MIDWEST  

By Christina Grijalva   A little bit of Italy was in Siouxland Wednesday. Culinary Expert and 'Iron Chef America' judge, Mario Rizzotti, is cooking his way across the Midwest and that includes Sioux City. Farmers and vendors set up shop every Wednesday and Saturday for the farmer's market, but this Wednesday included a special gues...

Presenting, in no particular order, the 2013 Columbus Day Parade lineup, as of 9/21/13: Honor Guards from the United States Marine Corps and the Knights of Columbus, Parade Starter, Italian American Business Association President, Bill Lucatuorto, Grand Marshal, CBS4 Sports Anchor, Vic Lombardi, Italian of the Year, Vice President of the Dante Ali...

By Betsie Freeman Omaha's American Italian Heritage Society hasn't had a home of its own since it moved out of Little Italy in 2006. That's about to change. Construction crews are grading land at 132nd and Fort Streets for the group's new hall, an 18,000-square-foot building that will house a banquet room, meeting areas and a full commercial...

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 7 and get ready for a glittering evening of scrumptious food, fantastic wine and award-winning Italian cinema! Tickets are on sale now for the fabulous opening-night party for the 6th Annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul.   The evening includes: Delicious appetizersItalian wines (one gl...

By Rena Garrett At St. Louis' historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; an...

By Rich Laden   With locations downtown and southwest, Paninos has been one of the more recognizable and successful local restaurants in Colorado Springs for roughly 40 years.   Paninos Italian Restaurant, which has locations at 604 N. Tejon St. and 1721 S. 8th St., is adding a third restaurant along busy Powers Boulevard. It's slated...

By Cristeta Boarini   After 20 years in the Shakopee community, RuB Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 50,000-square-foot facility in the Dean Lakes Business Park.    The Italian brass valve and fittings manufacturer moved into the eye-catching white and red building off of Highway 169 in October, but held the ribbon...

By Pat Eby    Mario Ruggeri doesn't simply follow recipes when he cooks for his family. He's an intuitive cook who understands the importance of good ingredients. He's a thoughtful chef who meticulously hones his cooking techniques. He understands the importance of patience at the stove as well as the need for speed when a dish must com...

A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature replace Columbus Day with a named celebration of Native Americans. State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, submitted a bill request last week. Smith said Thursday that the celebration of Christopher Columbus is wrong. Columbus and "his pack" committed atrocities on the indigenous peoples of...

By Nick Woltman Punch Pizza founder John Soranno and cook Nick Chute had choice seats Tuesday at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The pair attended the event as guests of first lady Michelle Obama and sat in her reserved box in the House chambers in Washington.   The St. Paul-based, wood-fired pizza chain, which has...

You can throw off the checkered tablecloths and add a fresh coat of varnish, but you can't erase the spirit of a good old Italian restaurant. Gaetano's Restaurant has been ladling red and pouring white in North Denver since 1947, but a change of ownership in 2005 (when the venerable joint was purchased by what was then the Wynkoop group) lead to a...

by Molly Reitter   It's a tale of two restaurants. One side is redolent of a corner New York City pizza joint, with bright red walls, black-and-white checkerboard flooring and a walk-up counter. It is vibrant, busy and extremely aromatic. The other side is like walking into a secret; think drippy candles in Chianti bottles and Fran...