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A few months ago, just before the COVID-19 shutdown, an Italian-American couple opened Viona’s Italian Bistro in downtown Overland Park. The restaurant, which serves Italian dishes from old family recipes, replaces Ambrosia Cafe at 7933 Marty St. Ambrosia Cafe closed last fall. Since opening the restaurant in February, Benny and Kika Morina have ma...

Italian swimmer Ilaria Murzilli from Rome, Italy has verbally committed to Nebraska. She is expected to join the Cornhuskers in the fall of 2021. I am very happy to be able to announce my commitment to swimming and studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I chose this university because I am sure it can give me great opportunities for sports...

Wednesday night in the Minnesota capital of St. Paul, protestors demolished their city’s Christopher Columbus statue. In destroying the statue, which had nothing to do with the tragic death of George Floyd, rioters also destroyed immigrant art, Italian-American history, and a symbol of American unity. Protesters across the nation have been defacing...

There is a growing push across the country to take down controversial statues, including Christopher Columbus. In some states, statues of the European explorer have been torn down, beheaded, and dumped into the lake. Historical records reveal Columbus forced many natives to be slaves. According to History.com, Columbus treated them with 'extreme vi...

A group of protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus Wednesday outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The statue came down just after 5 p.m. to cheers. The protesters say Columbus was responsible for Native American genocide, and it was time for the statue to go. John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of P...

The Italian Cultural Center joins the people of Minnesota and across the world grieving the unjust death of George Floyd. In line with our mission, our classes and events will continue to promote a culture of inclusiveness and understanding as a path to constructive and lasting change. "Non vi può essere vera libertà senza giustizia sociale, come n...

In 2021, when the pandemic will hopefully be behind us, one building on the two-block site that forms the Denver Art Museum turns 50. Its age is significant but its architect even more so: Gio Ponti. Furthermore, it’s the late Italian designer’s only completed building in North America, a commission he received in 1965 when he was 74. Breaking with...

Caroline Williard is a professional seamstress well known for her elegant dresses in fashion shows and pageants across the U.S. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating face masks probably wouldn't have crossed her mind and making Italian Tricolore face masks would have most likely been considered a joke. In fact, creative face masks were almost no...

K-State head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz added to the nation's No. 23 recruiting class with the signing of opposite/outside hitter Tessa Mati to a National Letter of Intent (NLI), the 20-year head coach announced Tuesday.Mati (pronounced "mah-tee") stands 6-foot-4 and hails from Grosseto, Italy, and played for the Italian club team Megabox Battist...

Friday May 29. 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Zoom Meeting. Registration here. Member: FREE, registration required. ICC Members receive a $5 DISCOUNT & PERSONAL INSCRIPTIONS when ordering the book! See event description for details. Non-Member: FREE, registration required. A detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer...

Carlo Joseph Salvo was born on August 24, 1924, in Council Bluffs. He was the second of six children born to Jasper Salvo and Antonina (Caruso) Salvo. Carlo was a proud Italian-American throughout his life, speaking and enjoying the language for over 95 years. He was a member of the Marconi Society, an Italian fellowship in Council Bluffs. He conti...

A local landmark ravaged by fire 3 years ago is finding a unique way to keep them going a little before re-opening. Sons of Italy has been closed since the pandemic started, but they’re making meatballs and sauce and sometimes sausage to sell to members and loyal customers. In 2017 a fire destroyed the building. They re-opened in February and had h...