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You know how much fun it is to watch your babies grow up? It’s bittersweet but also empowering to see them take on the world. That has to be how Laura Norris feels now that her baby, formerly known as Cucina Della Ragazza, has reopened to great fanfare as Ragazza Food & Wine at 4301 Main St. in midtown Kansas City. When Norris opened the Italian re...

As a young boy growing up in Alzano Lombardy, Italy, baseball wasn’t on Leonardo Seminati’s radar. It was hardly on anyone’s radar in his northern Italian town. Seminati’s family would regularly attend "sporting events," where teams from various sports would promote their clubs. Then, out of the blue, a baseball club set up shop. Seminati was about...

The outdoor world is meeting in Denver, CO, for the largest trade fair in North America this week – Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, leaders in the production of warp knitted and circular knitted fabrics, will exhibit at the show, presenting the excellence of Made in Italy fabrics for the world of sports and outdoor. Ca...

The Italians who settled in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri more than a century ago were a tight knit community. They enjoyed working hard and socializing over good wine and food – much of which was grown and prepared locally. Over the years, this region fondly became known as “Little Italy of the Ozarks.” St. James Winery and Public House...

If there were an official food of Iowa Falls – a signature dish – surely it would be Rocky’s Pizza. And if the Scenic City had an icon, it would almost certainly be the man who tossed that pizza dough in the air. The one who made friends with everyone he encountered, and who, after more than a decade of service in local government, was still fierce...

The year 1986 they sang for a women’s curling banquet, the Rotary Club, Alice Nettell Tower and a Babbitt restaurant. Then a township officers banquet, an investment club, Italian Day at Ironworld and the Ely Blueberry Festival, followed by a bocce ball banquet, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mountain Iron, a Columbus Day celebration at the Elks...

St. Michael Catholic Church will host its second annual St. Anthony Festival celebration at 9 a.m. June 23 at 1029 College Ave. The event includes mass, followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament and statues of saints while praying the rosary. A spaghetti dinner prepared by the Sons of Italy will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the...

Upon arriving at this unassuming establishment, it can feel as if you have stepped right into a companion’s residence. The simple color scheme and non-glitzy nature of Baratta’s truly fit the south-side neighborhood that surrounds it. My friend and I stopped in on a recent weekday and were seated at the multi-room venue in less than a minute. What...

Rose Totino, founder of the eponymous Totino’s Pizza, brought the famed Italian pizzas to American taste buds in an easy-to-eat, frozen package. She charted its growth from a small takeaway in Minneapolis to becoming the #1 pizza maker in the US in the next 20 years. Not only a suave businesswoman, Totino is also fondly remembered for introducing t...

The most unlikely National Hockey League (NHL) team with the most unlikely victory anthem in the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4 – 1 this evening in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals to take a 4 – 3 series victory at the TD Garden Arena in Boston. And they earned their first ever Stanley Cup triumph in their 52 year history powere...

The Helena City Commission passed a resolution Monday evening to change the name of Columbus Day, a federal holiday in October commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, to Indigenous Peoples Day. A half-dozen people made public comment at the meeting in favor of the commission’s decision. Roberta Duckhead Kittson...

The FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan match is detouring across the state line. The two international giants, originally scheduled to meet at Arrowhead Stadium in July, will instead play at Children’s Mercy Park, a notably smaller venue that houses Sporting Kansas City. The game will still take place at 8 p.m. on July 23. Ticket holders were informed o...