A mosaic made of thousands of hand-cut Murano glass tiles fills the walls of an alcove in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's sanctuary. The new artwork — centered with an image of Christ with St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St. James the First Bishop of Jerusalem and St. Basil the Great — was installed in April in time for the Gr...

The Italian Food and Cultural Festival kicked off this weekend. Among the tents, KATV found a group that's making a difference in the community. The culinary instructor for Food Jobs Work said that the group has a special mission: to help underprivileged adults entering the workforce. They have an eight-week program that trains students and prepare...

The Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival is April 26, 27, and 28 at the grounds of the Clinton Presidental Center. You can expect food from The Pantry, The Rock Brick Oven Pizza, the Coolest Cotton Candy, Repicci’s Ice, Low Ivy, Raduno, Maria Carpenter, Mem Pops from Memphis, Tennessee, Sauce(d), Vino’s, 42 Bar & Table at the Clinton Presiden...

A historical marker on the lawn of Our Lady of the Lake Church along oxbow Lake Chicot's shoreline sums up a melancholy episode from the end of the 19th century: "In 1895, Austin Corbin, a New York banker and land developer, working with immigration officials, brought 100 families from north central Italy to grow cotton at Sunnyside, a plantation l...

Americans of Italian descent may not dominate the population in Arkansas — according to Statistical Atlas, only 1.6 percent of the state’s residents report Italian ancestry — but you couldn’t tell by two events in April. The opening of the Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society Museum, also known as the the Little Italy Museum, and the Arkansas Ita...

Little Italy lost its patriarch today. John Dal Santo passed away this morning. He turned 99 years old yesterday. He was an extraordinary man and anyone who ever met him was drawn to his magnificent generosity and gift of storytelling. Born in Caltrano, Italy, March 29, 1920, he immigrated to the US in 1930. In 1941 he travelled to Little Italy wit...

Happy February and welcome back to “Boomtown Eats!” We hope you enjoyed last month’s feature of El Dorado’s own E&R – we are still remembering those potato wedges – and we hope that everyone has had a chance to check out E&R for themselves. This month we are turning to another downtown El Dorado establishment – directly across from Sports Alley and...

In 2018, the descendants, residents, and friends of Little Italy, a historic community nestled in northwest Pulaski County in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, founded a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called the “Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society” whose mission is to preserve the history of Little Italy, Arkansas, celebrate its I...

DID YOU KNOW? The Second Poet Laureate from the state of Arkansas was Italian-American Rosa Zagnoni-Marinoni. She left her Native New York and moved with her husband Antonio Marinoni to Fayetteville, Arkansas where he became the first head of the University of Arkansas’s romance languages department. Rosa, was also renowned for starting and maintai...

Federico Ciattaglia è il nuovo console generale d’Italia a Houston, nello stato americano del Texas. Ciattaglia, che si è insediato nella nuova sede consolare lo scorso mese di ottobre, ha salutato i connazionali residenti nella Circoscrizione consolare con un messaggio diffuso attraverso il sito Internet del Consolato. "Questo sito internet si riv...