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Those of us who love dining out have pretty much struck gold in Missouri. We have so many places to eat – from classic diners to waterfront restaurants – that we could probably eat out for every meal for the rest of our lives. That makes having a dining bucket list pretty important. At the top of that list, add V’s Italiano Ristorante in Missouri....

The Mayors of Omaha and Carlentini, Sicily will sign a Sister City Friendship Agreement this month, recognizing the century-old connection between the two cities and a history of family, faith, culture, and tradition. Carlentini is an Italian city in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily; population approximately 17,000. Over the past year, three Italia...

Mississippi isn’t exactly known for its Italian food, but that doesn’t mean it’s “impastable” to get real Italian grub. You just have to know where to look. And according to MSN, you should be looking at The Sicilian II, the best old-school Italian restaurant in the state. In March 2021, MSN named The Sicilian II in Biloxi “one of the top 50 old sc...

Premier Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has opened its newest North American dealership with a showroom and service center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Local VIPs, business leaders, and Ducati enthusiasts were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Friday, which also included an appearance by Ducati North America CEO Jason Chinn...

I met Andy Lane for the first time when he walked through the doors of my cooperative commercial kitchen and wanted to talk about pasta. People do this every once in a while, and I always enjoy it. However, this meeting was full of crazy coincidences. We were both from restaurant families; his great-grandfather fled Sicily in the late ‘40s and ende...

When you think of Italian food, you probably think of heavy pastas that are rich with cheese, oils and meats, decadent desserts and red wine. While those aspects do exist at Jovanina’s Broken Italian, so does much more. The seasonal cuisine at Jovanina’s breathes fresh, local ingredients into the traditional and non-traditional Italian dishes we al...

A pinch of great pasta, a dash of even better pizza and a spoonful of history is what makes The Hill the best spot in St. Louis to feed the craving for anything Italian. This weekend will add a little more Italian to the neighborhood by filling up your wine glass.The yearly Wine Walk on the Hill is back on August 28 and gives St. Louis wine connois...

As an artist, Mark Balma is up to big things, but that’s also how he got started, after all: on large pieces of paper from the religious sisters who taught him at Ascension Catholic School in Minneapolis. They knew the grade-schooler had a talent for art, so sometimes they’d ask him to create something for special occasions, like St. Joseph’s feast...

A week into its tenure as an Aspen restaurant, Casa D’Angelo has a full bar, patio seating with a view of Aspen Mountain and a full wall of windows to give the perfect sunset dining experience.  Celebrity chef Angelo Elia — born in Salerno, Italy and now a long-time resident of Southern Florida and Snowmass  — celebrated the grand opening of his fi...

The opening of JoJo’s, an Italian restaurant in the former Tru Blu Social Club, has been postponed to about mid-September due to shipping delays for items such as furniture and difficulties hiring enough people to properly staff the restaurant, a member of the ownership group said. Stephan Hesse, a co-owner of Eclectic Culinary Concepts, the restau...

Libby’s menu expanded last week when Dorio’s, an Italian restaurant with an old-school, home-style flair, marked its soft opening. Chef Johnny Coiro Jr., who launched the California Avenue eatery, said he aims to deliver fine Sicilian dining to southern Lincoln County. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Coiro draws on more than 10 years of experience in...

Gianluca Busio has become the latest young American to make the jump from MLS to Europe, as Sporting Kansas City agreed to transfer him to Serie A side Venezia FC. Long rumored to be moving to Italy, thanks in large part to his Italian passport, Busio becomes the second USMNT player to make a transfer abroad following their Gold Cup performances. H...