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When local brewery Six Mile Bridge Beer announced in August that Ben Welch (formerly of Big Baby Q and Smokehouse and The Midwestern) would be taking over as executive chef, it was a surprise to many. It turns out that that was only the beginning. Shortly after, it was announced that Six Mile Bridge’s owners would be opening a new restaurant, Botan...

DANTE 700 is a series of online events, presented by The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul, celebrating Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) on the 700th anniversary of his death. Everyone is encouraged to register for all the three events. However, each event will be independent and will be accessible even without attending the others. From...

You and your four-legged friend can dine together (outside of course) at the new Italian restaurant Botanica. It comes from the owner of Six Mile Bridge Brewery. The 1,300-square-foot space in Wildwood features seating for more than 300 guests, two event spaces and an outside bar and patio. Botanica will host live music on the weekends on the outdo...

Pizza enthusiasts can now enjoy a few different styles at Melo's Pizzeria. The sister restaurant to Blues City Deli, which opened in Benton Park in late 2015 serving Neapolitan-style pies, launched a new and expanded pizza menu last week. Fans of Melo's can rest assured that its 5,500-pound wood-fired oven isn't going anywhere, but the restaurant r...

The entire façade of the front side of the Aspen Art Museum will be covered next summer with an inflated vinyl and nylon wrap and LED lights to illuminate the imagery of a mountain landscape. Aspen City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the museum’s application for a temporary use permit for the art installation for as many as 180 days. The i...

Scalzotto Italian Restaurant is all about creating the right impression on its guests, whether a first-timer or a return customer. The Italian restaurant takes great interest in the quality of its food as well as the ambiance offered to guests and customers. At the fine dining restaurant, the management understands that good food and a welcoming, s...

The day fans of Angelo’s have been waiting for has finally arrived: The restaurant has reopened for dine-in. Gina Fasciano Hogan, who owns the restaurant with her father, Jack, said that the classic Wichita Italian restaurant quietly opened Tuesday night for dine-in customers at its new space at 5900 E. Central. Since it moved into the large new sp...

Piccolo Pete’s is poised for a comeback. Scott Sheehan, grandson of founder Anthony Piccolo, said the popular South Omaha restaurant, which closed in 2015, soon will occupy a storefront near First and Washington Streets in downtown Papillion. He declined to speculate on when it would open, saying the new space is being remodeled. It will be substan...

Staying true to the English translation of its name, Popoli Ristorante will reopen in its iconic former bank building Sept. 28 by popular demand after closing last year. Since the Italian restaurant and Sullivan’s Bar closed on Dec. 20, co-owner Gary Rozek told The Gazette that feedback from customers hoping for a comeback and new circumstances for...

A century-old connection between Omaha and Carlentini will become tighter when the two sign on a Sister City Friendship Agreement in late September. According to the release by the City of Omaha on Friday, “a friendship agreement provides opportunities for cultural, educational, and business partnerships and exchanges and is an initial step that ca...

Raise your glass. An old friend has returned to Old Town. Almost 18 years after Italian wine bar Ciao Vino closed its doors on West Mountain Avenue, one of its original co-owners, Antonio Race, recently brought the eatery back to Fort Collins. Ciao Vino opened Aug. 2 at 255 Linden St., formerly home to Linden Street Cafe. Since then, Race said old...

If you’ve ever visited Italy, you know the cuisine is quite fabulous. No doubt, this is due to the freshest, locally-grown ingredients, and traditional methods of farming, raising livestock and food preparation that date back centuries. Ciao Vino Chef/Owner Antonio Race knows all about these high standards. Born in Miliscola, a small coastal town n...