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...

I've scouted out NWA's newest Italian restaurant, Isabellas Italian in Fayetteville, that opened last week. Background: This upscale, dinner-only restaurant is the latest project by Todd and Nickki Golden, who own Mermaids and TJ's Sandwich Shop in Fayetteville.  - In fact, Isabellas is in the former home of TJ's Sandwich Shop, before it moved acro...

Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Otteneheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR. They came looking for the promised land. They found a nightmare. And they built it into a new life. This is the story of the Italians of Sunnyside. Lured from Italy to buy parts of Sunnyside Plantation, instead they were litt...

Pasta. I mean, what’s not to love? And at Eat’Italian, the restaurant located in the heart of Greenbrier that’s been around for less than a year, pasta is all over the menu. As it should be. Word on the street is that the food at Eat’Italian is quite good, so I made my way up to the town 45 minutes north of Little Rock for a pasta-filled lunch. Fir...

It is with heavy hearts that the Tontitown Historical Museum (THM) Board shares the passing of our co-founder Charlotte Piazza. We truly have Charlotte and her husband, Henry Piazza, to thank for having a museum at all. Charlotte was born and spent her early years in Kansas. She and Henry visited many small-town museums as they traveled through her...

The Italian Program in the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department presents Dante and Video Games at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Giffels Auditorium, Old Main, room 201. This presentation is part of a series of events that celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante's death. Simone Bregni, associate professor of Italian and chair of the...

"Illuminating Dante," an exhibit celebrating both the seventh centenary of Dante's death (1265-1321) and Italian American Heritage and Culture month in October, is presented by Special Collections and the Italian Program in the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department at the U of A. Running from Oct. 5-31, the exhibit consists of 22 it...

Every now and then, you come across a little hidden gem that you should have known about already. That is what happened a couple of weeks ago when a friend invited me to a birthday celebration at Urbana Farmstead in the Landmark community south of Little Rock. Following my GPS to get there, I pulled off the beaten path onto a fairly nondescript roa...