by Joanne Davidson   Mention the words "glass art" and the first name that comes to mind is likely to be Dale Chihuly. Which is understandable, considering the popularity of his current display at Denver Botanic Gardens.   But someone equally as talented, and as well-known, is Lino Tagliapietra of Italy. Pieces he has created can be s...

When I was a kid growing up in Greeley, the highlight of my year was choosing where to celebrate my birthday. I always picked a day at Elitches, before it moved to downtown Denver, when the venerable amusement park burst with meticulously groomed flowers and lush landscaping.   After a picnic lunch of fried chicken my Mom brought along in a...

Gelu Italian Ice has opened its standalone location outside of Sutherlands at 2405 F Road in Grand Junction. Gelu also operates mobile carts and serves Italian ice treats at fairs, farmers markets and festivals in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. The location at Sutherlands — dubbed the "ice box" — offers a place where people can drive up,...

by Dallas Heltzell   Both in its previous and current incarnations, a pioneering spirit has propelled a restaurant space in the Cottonwood Square shopping center in Greeley. For 25 years, the spot at 2400 17th St. was home to Potato Brumbaugh's, whose menu reflected the Western ranching culture and whose name was taken from a character...

Italian immigrants entered the Great Plains first as missionaries such as Fra Marco da Nizza (1495-1558) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), and later as adventurers such as Count Leonetto Cipriani (1816-1888) and Italian American Charles Siringo (1855-1928).   Since Italy was not a unified country until the Risorgimento (1860-70), early...

After successful visits to America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, two first class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will return to America for a ten-day tour of the Archdiocese of Denver beginning on October 14 and ending on October 23. Father Mario Conte, OFM Conv, Executive Editor of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, will travel from the Basili...

Italy came to Pueblo last night, well, an Americanized version of it, in the form of O Sole Trio, a two-singers-and-a-piano-man team from New York City, who performed an enjoyable variety of Italian-flavored songs as the latest installment of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series at the slightly warm Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center....

Polidori Sausage was recently named one of Denver's certified green businesses. Each year, the organization, Certified Green Denver, hosts the "Green Business Showcase," highlighting green restaurants, salons, offices, and other businesses in the Denver community.   This year's event was held at Linger Restaurant on Tuesday evening, June 14,...

The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades.   Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken...

Presenting, in no particular order, the 2013 Columbus Day Parade lineup, as of 9/21/13: Honor Guards from the United States Marine Corps and the Knights of Columbus, Parade Starter, Italian American Business Association President, Bill Lucatuorto, Grand Marshal, CBS4 Sports Anchor, Vic Lombardi, Italian of the Year, Vice President of the Dante Ali...