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Next year, Pasta La Fata, a beloved Italian pop-up in Columbia, Missouri, will get permanent digs. Owner Michelle La Fata, known to many as “Shelly,” will open a brick-and-mortar shop at 1207 Rogers Street (the same building that houses Ozark Mountain Biscuit and Bar) this spring. The move was partially spurred by the upcoming closure of the Mizzou...

After the pandemic kept her separated from family for more than a year, Teresa finally made the trek from her home in Arizona to her birthplace, the southern Colorado city of Pueblo. Teresa was eager not only to be reunited with loved ones but to finally be able to see the plaque that her cousin had sponsored in memory of their grandparents on Pueb...

The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities organization is proud to announce a new member of our board, Sgt. Kristine Galati, a former sergeant of the City of St Louis Police Department. Sgt. Galati had served the police department for 30 years before she retired. Galati's family comes from Cinisi, a small village near Palermo, Sicily. Sgt. Galati grew u...

Many businesses that have stood the test of time are also family businesses; that’s just how it works. But Vitale’s Bakery on the Hill, now in its fourth generation, takes it to the next level. Take a deep breath and try to keep up. According to Vitale’s president and co-owner Angie Vitale, the bakery’s legacy dates back to 1945 when her grandfathe...

A new Italian restaurant has opened up on Branson Landing. Ramata Italian, which bills itself as “Branson’s Premiere Lakeside Fine Dining Restaurant,” has opened in the former Famous Dave’s location across from Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar. “We are very excited to open Ramata Italian at Branson Landing, Branson has not had an Italian fine dini...

A new dining option has arrived to Towne East Square. Sitting between JC Penny and Von Maur in the former Noodles & Co. space is Mary’s Pizza Italian Kitchen. It’s on the east-facing end of the mall and has their own entrance for the restaurant. Here’s a first look at what to expect. What you’ll find at Mary’s Pizza is prototypical of what’s availa...

After immigrating to the United States in 1956 and spending years working in a meatpacking plant in Denver until it closed in the 1970s, Carmine Lonardo Sr. opened this deli in 1976. The specialty of the house: Italian sausage. Today, 10,000 pounds of it is made here weekly by the Lonardo family.The shop is located in a nondescript brick building i...

Kansas City is getting a new taste of the Mediterranean. Ragazza owner Laura Norris and her brother, Grant Norris, co-manager of the Midtown Italian restaurant and wine bar, plan to open Enzo Bistro and Wine Bar next spring in City Market at Fifth and Walnut streets. Enzo will serve a diverse menu of Mediterranean dishes and wines at one of the nei...

The Cristoforo Columbo Fellowship is gifted to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars pursuing research on Italian people and their communities of Butte, Montana. Fellowship awards of $500 -$3,000 s. Award funds are to be used for research support, including travel and lodging expenses, but not as salary. Awards are to be used for...

On Nov. 12, 1971, Cardinals third baseman Joe Torre was named MVP by a wide margin. Here is our original coverage.  And what did Joe Torre, named the National League's Most Valuable Player yesterday, plan as an encore? The Cardinals' third baseman was as quick with an answer as he had been with a bat all last season when he topped major league batt...

"Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition", the internationally acclaimed touring exhibition, will host an intimate dining experience at The Capitol District, 1100 Capitol Ave., from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.  The night will feature live music, Italian food, wine. The chef-driven menu by Attitude on Food will include some of Italy’s most class...

Comedian Joe Gatto, of the Impractical Jokers, is set to perform in the Event Center on Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at 8:00pm. Joe Gatto is known for the hit TV shows Impractical Jokers and The Misery Index. He founded The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe with  his co-stars in 1999. The troupe has toured with a live comedy show to sold-out crowds across...