In 2021, when the pandemic will hopefully be behind us, one building on the two-block site that forms the Denver Art Museum turns 50. Its age is significant but its architect even more so: Gio Ponti. Furthermore, it’s the late Italian designer’s only completed building in North America, a commission he received in 1965 when he was 74. Breaking with...

The Pueblo Sister City Commission is working with Mayor Nick Gradisar and Pueblo Rotary 43 to raise funds for one of Europe’s most affected cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Masks, ventilators, drugs — those are the primary things needed to treat people who have it and are still being cured," said Michael Salardino, president of the Pueblo Sist...

A spot on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives translates into an almost guaranteed increase in foot traffic for restaurants fortunate enough to receive a visit from the spiky-haired one himself, Guy Fieri. But Bill Miner, owner of Il Porcellino Salumi, at 4324 West 41st Avenue in the Berkeley neighborhood, realizes that maybe the timing isn'...

Michael A. Occhiato is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Professional in the field of Politics and Consulting as a Municipal Official Independent Consultant and the Owner of Occhiato Land and Cattle, LLC.        Mr. Occhiato has had a wide range of experiences, showcasing his remarkable aptitude to excel in leadership positions. In...

In continuing the series on the lives of my great-grandparents, I bring you the story of how in 1893 my Italian great-grandfather, Michele Lombardi, arrived in the United States at the age of 9 with his mother. The following is in his own words, from the “Rambling Episode” he wrote in 1969 about his life. “We went by train from Isernia to Naples an...

Elvis, or at least a very reasonable facsimile, was in the house, as were 21 high-achieving students of Italian heritage who received a leg up on their higher education journey. In its 21st year, the Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 Scholarship and Citizen of the Year Gala once again a drew a capacity gallery of 450 to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Confere...

Colorado is one pen stroke away from abolishing Columbus Day. The state legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill that would replace Columbus Day with a new state holiday, on the first Monday of October, in honor of Frances Xavier Cabrini. It is believed that the proposed Cabrini Day would be the first paid state holiday recognizing a woman...

When several New York style pizza places closed around town, some pizza fans have been wishing for New York pizza. There’s a new place to try pizza reminiscent of New York City — Ruffrano’s Hell’s Kitchen Pizza in Security. Not only does the restaurant serve pizza made from recipes obtained from Hell’s Kitchen Pizza, a restaurant in New York City,...

The 2020 Slow Wine US Tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the English-language edition of the Slow Wine Guide, was held last month in five cities across the United States, to an enthusiastic reception from trade, press, and consumers. The guide was born in 2010  with the objective of expanding Slow Food’s work to the world of wine. The “Slow...

The 1920s in Colorado was a period of hatred, prejudice and racism. As hard times deepened, more middle and lower class workers became unemployed. Money was tight, jobs were few, agriculture was failing, and scapegoats were needed. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) became a powerful force in Colorado politics at this time. The KKK came out of Georgia during t...