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Antonio Race is coming home.  Well, technically Naples, Italy, is home for the chef. But Fort Collins comes in a close second.  After 15 years away from the Choice City, Race, 53, recently returned to reinvigorate an old concept in his former repertoire of Italian restaurants, wine bars and pizzerias.  Race plans to open Ciao Vino Wine Bar, a tradi...

For those who had the distinct pleasure of wandering into the old Scimeca’s Grocery Store at Independence & The Paseo during its over 40-year history at that location, they know that some of the sweetest smells and best imported Italian deli salads and sausages were to be had in the imported section located at the back of the store. It was almost l...

Easter Culinary Traditions. Live from Italy with ALMA Scuola di Cucina. Saturday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT, Online. Conversations will be in English. Register Here. Discover a land filled with thousands of bell towers and traditions, captured in a story between space and time, through the many flavors and recipes of Italy’s Easter celebrat...

St. Joseph tables are often seen in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on and around the March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph. Below is a list of some tables and other events occurring for the feast; details on the history and symbolism of the St. Joseph table (along with other St. Joseph related content) can be found on the Year of St. Joseph webpa...

During the 1970s the Rev. Salvatore E. Polizzi had become a national figure for his work in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Residents were shocked when news came that he was being reassigned. Here is our coverage from March 1, 1980. A friend of his calls it the mustache incident. In telling about it, there is a bit of soft laughter. It is so li...

A high-end Italian leather goods retailer has closed its Phillips Avenue storefront and is moving to another location downtown. Luca Papini, owner of Luca: Made in Italy at 311 S. Phillips Ave., is moving his business into a third-floor space at Eighth and Railroad Center, where he first started a storefront business in 2016. A "perfect storm" of t...

It’s fitting – maybe even predestined – that Michael Amigoni would become a vintner. After all his paternal grandfather, Guiseppe “Joseph” Amigoni, produced wine near Milan, Italy, before emigrating to town in the 1920s. Now, the younger Amigoni is carrying on the tradition at his Amigoni Urban Winery in Kansas City, Mo. “I grew up with wine around...

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli met with the media, via Zoom, in Florida to discuss the beginning of spring training.  Baldelli spoke about what was it like to see the whole group out there training, if he feels the World Series is the expectation for the season, how he addressed the team in terms of safety protocols for the season, what the...

Ciao Down Food Truck plans to launch during the first week of March with Italian-American cuisine, says owner Francine Vonfeldt, who counts decades in the food and drink industry in various roles, from bartending to management. “It’s really Americanized versions of things I like to cook,” she says, noting her upbringing in Queens, New York, and her...

The official English-language title is “The Best Years.” The opening movie in the Italian Film Festival, which begins this Thursday (Feb. 25), spans 40 years in the lives of four people. This is such a long time, and so much happens, that the movie could have been a miniseries, an Italian “Dance to the Music of Time.” But it runs just over two hour...

Eric Mullen was a stranger in a foreign land. He landed in Sicily on a Saturday, headed to a small town far from the English-speaking tourist circuit, and showed up at the bakery on Monday morning without hardly a lick of Italian. As the head baker showed him how it’s done, Mullen just tried to observe and absorb. “He would bring over a bag of flou...

It’s nervy to call something the last of anything, especially when it comes to neighborhoods. But as residents of The Hill in St. Louis see it, their community isn’t just the city’s Little Italy—it’s the last one in all of America. Scusi? What was that? You can almost hear the recriminations and curses coming from North Beach in San Francisco and B...