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Italian restaurateur Mario Iaccarino is opening his first U.S. restaurant, Casa Don Alfonso, at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis this fall. The Iaccarino family first opened Don Alfonso 1890 in southern Italy. Now, the restaurant has locations all over the world, including Toronto and Macao, China. At Casa Don Alfonso, Iaccarino is looking to welcome St....

Volpi Foods is working to reduce packaging waste in its retail products by switching to paper-based packaging. The new packaging uses 70% less plastic than standard deli packages, while maintaining its existing shelf life. The new Volpi Eco-Pack is rolling out at retail locations around the country now, as well as online and through the Volpi Foods...

The founder of the iconic Grandma's Restaurant in Duluth has died.  Michael "Mick" Paulucci, 71, was fighting COVID-19 with underlying health conditions when he died Saturday, the company said. Paulucci, son of Duluth frozen-food giant Jeno Paulucci, founded the first Grandma's Restaurant location in 1976 with Andy Borg. The duo bought the former S...

On August 14th, 2020, ICC President, Sandra Gengler, was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy). This prestigious title is conferred by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, to individuals who distinguish themselves through actions that strengthen Italy’s positive standing ab...

On Tuesday, Mayor Nick Gradisar expressed his disappointment the two parties involved in mediation over the future of the Christopher Columbus Statue could not reach an agreement. On Saturday morning, the two parties, the Sons of Italy Community Group and the Indigenous Community group, advised the Mayor that they could not reach an agreement over...

A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony on Friday in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally weeks after the death of George Floyd. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is charged with criminal damage to property. Forcia, also a Twin Cities A...

Soccer, or calcio in Italian, is by far the most popular sport in Italy. The spirit of soccer remains strong and passionate and has contributed to the nation's collective memory and sense of identity. The Italian style of soccer is marked by its unique tactical and defensive approach. Up and down the peninsula, there are great teams with great fans...

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine is normally a place of peace and prayer. However, this weekend it was also a crime scene. Someone beheaded the statue of St. Jude, and destroyed dozens of candles in the shrine’s sacred courtyard. “This is not good. It’s ugly. I don’t have words. I don’t know why people are like that,” Sandra Bartolo said, who visited t...

Missoula County will begin a full architectural assessment and begin planning for the restoration of two barracks once used to house Japanese Americans and Italians at Fort Missoula during World War II. Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $40,000 contract with A&E to assess what historic elements remain in the dated buildings and what it will cost...

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and sommelier Bobby Stuckey, the founding team from Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado, have more to celebrate on top of another James Beard award–the release of their new cookbook: "Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy's Mountains, Vineyards and Seaside." Written with acclaimed food write...

Protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus in St. Paul on June 10 as anti-racism demonstrations surged around the country. State Rep. Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, watched from her office window. "We watched in amazement as we saw them lasso the statue and start pulling on it," said Erickson. "I saw a lot of women pulling on it. I was...

Lauded by Fanfare for his “dazzling technique and white-hot interpretations” and by News Review for his “stunning mastery of the instrument,” the classical pianist, composer, and recording artist Julian Gargiulo performs a virtual concert in celebration of the Figge Art Museum's 15th anniversary, the streaming August 8 event sure to demonstrate why...