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A new Italian restaurant has taken over the former Mimi’s Old Town Mexican Restaurant space at 321 N. Mead. Introducing Bocatto: Eatery and Pasta. They recently opened and of course, we had to stop by and check out the new eatery in Old Town. The menu featured pastas, paninis and a ton more. Many Italian classics and pretty much any popular Italian...

Fancy Feast, the most popular brand of gourmet wet cat food in the U.S., announced today the opening of "Gatto Bianco by Fancy Feast", a limited-time, Italian-style trattoria and culinary experience in New York City, to celebrate its new globally inspired Medleys recipes. Gatto Bianco will bring the mealtime experience of cats to life for cat owner...

Des Moines, Iowa has a lot of great Italian restaurants – so many that people often call the area where they’re most commonly found the Hawkeye State’s Little Italy. You can find all the classics – chicken parmesan, lasagna, and of course pizza. But to find the best pizza in Iowa, you’ll want to go to a place that’s been dishing them out since 1945...

In Vail, the name Tony G is synonymous with jazz music, but for the man himself, who died peacefully on Saturday, a look back at the Vail years might conjure stronger associations with his other passions, like family, fishing and making Italian sausages. After all, Tony Gulizia had been a jazz fixture in Omaha for more than 30 years before arriving...

At Viviano’s Festa Italiano’s Chesterfield location, sandwiches and Italian groceries reign supreme. At its new Fenton location, however, you’ll also find the likes of fried calamari, salmon pasta, mushroom ravioli and elevated desserts on the menu.  “It’s still a deli café, but it’s now a full service kitchen with servers, bartenders,” executive c...

Oelwein Italian American Heritage Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at Red Gate Park. Organizers Teresa Pirillo Buckman and Anthony Ricchio report this year’s day is being scaled down due to conflicts in schedules and a smaller group to draw from. “There are lots of things going on among the local families this year and it’s difficult to get p...

The 98th annual Santa Lucia Festival returns to Omaha this week, as does a cherished staple: The Santa Lucia Band. The band's origins date back more than a century, as other bands including the Peter Cosentino Band and Vincent Emmanual Band merged. Some members today are third-generation, including current conductor Mike DiGiacomo.  "So many people...

Sometimes things aren't always what they appear to be and that happens to be the case at this fantastic Italian restaurant in Denver, Colorado. Everyone loves authenticity, and there's no better authentic Italian restaurant in Denver, Colorado than the Odyssey Italian restaurant at 603 E 6th Avenue. The very first time I went to visit Odyssey Itali...

The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to the Lakewood Cultural Center for 3 weeks only from August 3-21, 2022. One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don't have to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this show. All you...

Late Sunday night, Carlentini Mayor Giuseppe Stefio officially arrived in Omaha. "I am honored and very happy to be a guest of the City of Omaha and our community from Carlentini. And I want to especially thank the Mayor Stothert for the invitation to come and I look forward to meet her in person," Stefio said in Italian. The Carlentini heritage in...

Denver is losing its old-school red-sauce joints. The latest to throw in the towel? Dino's Italian Food, which has been serving at 10040 West Colfax Avenue for almost six decades, growing from a small storefront to a sprawling, 240-seat restaurant.But Dino's is closing at the end of September, the owner revealed earlier this month. The rambling Lak...

The circus captures the imagination of young and old alike. For another year, Zoppé: an Italian Circus will bring this ageless form of entertainment to Fraser from July 22 to Aug. 1. The circus takes places in a touring Big Top with international circus professionals, and features “acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning an...