In case you haven't heard, Texarkana is getting a new Italian restaurant on the Arkansas side of town soon! Monjunis Italian Cafe and Grocery a popular eatery back in the 90s in Texarkana is returning to the former location of Copeland's just off I-30. Monjunis originated in the state of Louisiana many years ago, there are now several Monjunis loca...

St. Francis of Assisi 93rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner: Sunday October 2nd. After a 2 year hiatus, the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Spaghetti Dinner in Little Italy, Arkansas has returned and hope to see you there! ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH ADDRESS: 33223 Highway 300, Little Italy, Arkansas 72135. Reserve Now here. The dinner this...

We spent last week filming in one of the most overlooked (and criminally underappreciated) corners of Italian America… deep in the Ozarks in a little Italian village called Tontitown, Arkansas! In this week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast, we’re sitting down with two of the new paesani we met during our travels, Heather Ranalli Peachee an...

The Arts Council of Mississippi County has announced an event to be presented in the Adams/Vines Recital Hall at Arkansas Northeastern College on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. A concert of piano and violin duets will feature a brother and sister, violinist Giorgiana Strazzullo and pianist Gianlucca Strazzullo. Ms. Strazzullo graduated from the “Domeni...

The Tontitown Grape Festival is back for its 123rd year. Locals say when a large number of Italians came to Arkansas they moved to Sunnyside, but since it wasn’t conducive to growing grapes, some re-located to Tontitown. And they have been holding their festival there ever since. “This is our heritage, you know. We’re doing these things because our...

Join us in congratulating Deacon Chris Dorer, who was ordained to the Diaconate for the Diocese of Little Rock by Bishop Anthony Taylor on Saturday. Chris, his wife Samantha and daughter Allison have faithfully served Little Italy for over 40 years. Today, we celebrate the commitment of this servant leader as Deacon Chris continues to serve St. Fra...

As our grand tour of Italian wine nears its final lap, it's time for a stop in one of the country's most exciting wine regions: the volcanic island of Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean, its wine history dates back more than 6,000 years and survived the island's conquest by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Arabs and Italians. Despite being sur...

The third annual Arkansas Italian Food and Wine Festival presented by Relyance Bank is scheduled for April 29 through May 1 at the Penick Boys & Girls Club in Little Rock. The event will feature three days of Italian food, culture, wine, as well as arts and crafts, demonstrations, a kids’ zone and musical acts.  Some of Arkansas’ best Italian food...

John and Mary Olive Stephens have announced plans to open an Italian restaurant called George's at the former Cafe Prego location in Little Rock. The restaurant, named as a tribute to some of the couple's favorite restaurants abroad, is set to open in the Heights neighborhood in late 2022. The menu will feature "fresh, homemade Italian classics wit...

The U of A Rome Center has begun hosting students from the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. A cohort of 13 nursing students spent the Fall 2021 semester in the program, adding to the growing number of academic disciplines that the Rome Center offers for U of A students. The nursing students had the rare opportunity to participate in clinicals and le...