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With enthusiasm and an infectious smile, Adolfo Affatato approached the microphone at St. Ambrose Church in the Hill neighborhood of south St. Louis.  “Good morning. I don’t speak English,” he said in English looking out at a full church on a Thursday morning. He did what he could in an opening statement, addressing the crowd as “my dear friends, m...

Opera180 of Kansas City concludes its 1st season with the classic La Boh'me, with music by Giacomo Pucciniand libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Performances are May 30, 31, and June 1 at The Drawing Room by Weinberger Fine Art at 1903 Wyandotte in downtown Kansas City. The production will be sung in Italian. Opera180 produces its first...

Eric and Vanessa Carrerra of i.e. Italian Eatery are expanding to Saint Paul’s Highland Park. The former Espresso Royal coffee shop is under construction and will re-open as a market and restaurant inspired by the mega-Italian market and restaurant complex Eataly. Unlike those hulking complexes in New York and Chicago, this spot, called Dué Focacce...

So we were shooting this week's Frank’s Food Picks at John Mineo’s, and I was looking at all of these wonderful pictures. Then I saw this picture of 45-year-old John Mineo Senior. I swear, I thought I was looking at a picture of a 45-year-old Frank Cusumano Senior, my dad.  Carbon copy. I felt like I was looking at my own family. The mother, Anna,...

Duluth's Italian American Club spaghetti dinner is coming up Wednesday, so club members were prepping for the big dinner Sunday at the American Legion. Folks were doing that by making the tasty meatballs that go with the pasta, a team effort to prep meatballs for the expected 1,000 attendees. Club members are making 2,500 meatballs for the event us...

The owners behind Italian Eatery in Minneapolis plan to open another Italian restaurant in St. Paul. The restaurant, called Due (pronounced Due-eh) Focacceria, will take over a former Espresso Royale space at 475 Fairview Ave. South. Owners Eric Carrara and his wife, Vanessa live a couple blocks away from the site, and bought the building in 2017 w...

Handmade pasta, mouth-watering takes on traditional dishes and fresh, creative cocktails represent just a few of the reasons that Volario’s was recognized as one of the top Italian restaurants in the state’s mountain regions. OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation and review website, named Volario’s, located in Winter Park at the Vasquez Creek...

Sweet Basil, the Wichita Italian restaurant that’s been at 2424 N. Woodlawn since 1991, has closed. But a new restaurant is about to take its place. Last week, Charli Singh closed the restaurant he’s run since 25 years. He told the Eagle he planned to close for a week for some cleaning and remodeling and then reopen. Now, a different group says it’...

Relics of St. Pio, better known as Padre Pio, have been touring in the Americas for the past two years, venerated by more than 500,000 faithful Catholics. They will visit Kansas City’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception May 15. The relics — Padre Pio’s glove, crusts of his wounds, cotton gauze with blood stains, a lock of his hair, his mantle a...

Arizona import Postino is known for its collection of wines by the glass, but after visiting for brunch, you'll want to trade in your merlot goblet for a champagne flute. The brunch menu is small and only offered until 1 p.m. (when the regular menu kicks in), but the choices are light, creative and portioned for easy sharing or mixing and matching....

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see La Traviata at MN Opera. ICC members receive a 20% discount on tickets throughout the opera season. Meet Mirella Rossi Heimpel and the group in the Ordway lobby - 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 - at 6:15 pm and start at 6:30 pm with a fun and informative half-...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around St. Louis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're on the hunt. 1. Adriana’s On The Hill Topping the list is Adriana’s On The Hill. Located at 510...