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If you're after pizza or Italian food, look no further than this fresh business. The newcomer to Washington Virginia Vale, called Bella Italia, is located at 5075 Leetsdale Drive. Per the business' Facebook page, Bella Italia is known for its classic family-style Italian cuisine and house-made pizzas. On the menu, expect to see items like baked egg...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul is pleased to welcome renowned Florentine pianist, organist, and harpsichordist Giacomo Benedetti to the beautiful St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. This concert aims to highlight the organ as a musical instrument through a repertoire that runs from Germany, France, and Italy at...

A few months ago, Tim Niver brought his mother into the kitchen of his restaurant, Mucci’s Italian, for a sort of staff training. A descendant of Italian immigrants, Niver grew up eating classic Italian-American dishes with his family. He thought his mother could infuse a bit of that “spirit” into the restaurant’s kitchen, which was staffed by most...

A bill that would abolish Columbus Day in Colorado and replace the holiday to honor another Italian pioneer is advancing at the state Capitol. The bill passed the state House and will move to the state Senate. Supporters claim Columbus committed crimes against humanity and should not be honored. Instead, they want to create Cabrini Day to recognize...

A Nebraska state senator wants Nebraska to stop celebrating the legacy of Christopher Columbus, instead, honoring Native Americans on the same day. A bill by state senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would replace the state-observed Columbus Day, with Indigenous Peoples Day. She wants to move away from celebrating Columbus, who she says never...

Sam Carlino knew nothing of his grandfather Pete’s involvement in organized crime in Pueblo until 1985 while working at his family’s Italian sausage stand in San Jose, Calif. An elderly man took a sample and immediately recognized the recipe. “He immediately asked if I was a Carlino, and as I said yes. He proceeded to tell me how he had known my gr...

Mardi Gras season is here, and in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, the celebration of the French holiday is in full swing. But what many Americans don’t realize is the period of festivities before the piety and holiness of Lent is also celebrated by other names and in other ways throughout Europe, particularly in Italy, where the holiday is k...

Last year my entire family grieved the closing of J. Noto Bakery in St. Peters. Located just down the road from my parent's house, the bakery was one of our favorites spots, and a slight panic set in as we wondered where we would now find flavorful sandwiches or cinnamon rolls the size of my face. When Kendele Noto Sieve’s dad, Jasper Noto, announc...

Crowds once again gathered at the popular Sons of Italy dining hall that burned down in an accidental fire more than three years ago. The reopening of the popular lunch and dinner spot had been delayed a few times because of a lack of funding and issues with construction. But Thursday, it was spaghetti and meatballs for everyone who walked through...

Giada Valenti will take the audience at the Lone Tree Arts Center on a romantic journey through five decades of beautiful songs. The award winning Italian singer is performing for one-night only, Saturday, February 15, 2020. “An Evening with Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love” pays tribute to some iconic female singers, including Karen Carpenter,...

I will admit – I am a foodie. There is something to be said about a beautiful plate of food. Meals are often the centerpieces of gatherings, or an evening alone when solitude is paired with a glass of wine and a hot dinner. Chef Robert Carrington at Pom Italian Eatery understands the comfort and importance of nourishing food. Carrington grew up wit...

In just two months of business, Suraci’s Italian Cafe already has achieved an important milestone. If they don’t have the daily specials posted on Facebook by about 10:30 a.m. each day, owner Dan Matechak and his staff will start to get calls from customers. “It’s great to see that kind of customer loyalty,” Matechak said during an interview Saturd...