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The Italian Community of St Louis welcomes two great curators of Italian art to St Louis: Yuri Primarosa of the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica in Rome and Roberto Palermo of the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence. Both curators are in St Louis on behalf of their respective museums for the closing of the St Louis Art Museum's exhibition "Paintings...

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...

Members of the Italian American Club of Duluth celebrated their first spaghetti dinner in three years Wednesday. The event at American Legion Post 71 featured plenty of spaghetti, meatballs, and salad, as well as a cash raffle.  People also had the chance to order out and take the dinner home with them. “There’s some of the members of the club even...

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...

Whitebridge Pet Brands, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of pet foods, treats and supplements, has merged with an Italian pet food brand that's a sibling under its new European owner.Whitebridge, whose products include Tiki Pets brand cat and dog food, has completed a merger with Agras Pet Foods, the Genoa, Italy-based maker of Schesir brand pet food...

“I went to Catholic school in Des Moines, and I guess my way of rebelling was to be a total snob about records,” said Good Morning Midnight frontman Charlie Cacciatore. “Some people are in debate and others play tennis, and me and my friends survived in that ecosystem by taking on that kind of identity. Every weekend, we all went to ZZZ Records and...

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...

Like so many stories that involve Minnesota hockey or Minnesota politics, or both, this one starts at Mancini’s — the legendary steakhouse on West Seventh Street that is roughly equidistant from Xcel Energy Center and the State Capitol. Davie Carle was an assistant coach with the University of Denver, and the Pioneers were having a team meal there...

Fourth-generation Italian American Michelle “Shelly” La Fata began her culinary journey back in 2007. She started off working for other chefs, but she says she always knew she wanted to be her own boss someday. By 2015, she was staying up late each night working on pasta recipes and binging Netflix documentaries about successful professional chefs....

Prolific Omaha personal injury attorney Ronald Palagi, known for his pioneering advertisements and gregarious spirit, died earlier this month at 75. His decades practicing law earned him a reputation as an empathetic attorney, taking on clients he believed had been wronged and, in some cases, winning sizable settlements. Palagi died at home with fa...