On Monday, the Denver lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America held its annual golf tournament at Willis Case in North Denver, and it was named in honor of Joe Ciancio Jr.   That was appropriate for many reasons. Ciancio, the long-time manager of Denver Parks and Recreation, is an icon in the city and especially in the Italian-Amer...

By William Porter   With its deep roots in Denver's Italian-American community, North Denver was long known for restaurants that tapped that culture. Most were red-sauce rooms that drew on the southern part of Europe's high-heeled "boot." But with changing demographics, some of the most venerated places closed, including Pagliacci's in...

By Colleen O'Connor   Restaurateur Michael Stillman will open a Denver location of his popular New York restaurant, Quality Italian, later this year in the $70 million Halcyon hotel at 245 Columbine St. in Cherry Creek North. Michael Stillman grew up in the restaurant business — his dad, Alan Stillman, founded TGI Fridays and Smith &...

by Greg Campbell Denver's Fox 31 reported a potentially explosive story over the weekend — that local sheriff's deputies detained the president of Italian shotgun maker Perazzi as a possible terrorist after a tipoff from a taxi driver who had dropped the businessman off at a gun show with several shotguns.   There's just one problem: The st...

Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, the Denver-based award-winning pizzeria restaurant with locations in the Ballpark District and Inverness, announced today it is changing its name to Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana. The name change, and new brand identity, come as a result of the restaurant's desire to further embrace its authentic Italian pizza-making methods...

by Irv Moss   Over a span of 57 years, Frank Palmeri dropped more names than a well-connected gossip columnist. He didn't deal with rumor or innuendo. Any name he mentioned was verifiable. His focus was on sports, and he knew the players and officials on the Denver sports scene.   Palmeri became a well-known figure at most of the...

by Cody Smith   The Denver Nuggets didn't make many moves this off season, but there will still be faces seen on the court that weren't there last year. Either from a trade, or return from injury, the Nuggets will look a little more familiar. JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson, and Danilo Gallinari are coming back from a season where they barely sa...

Located on the corner of 3rd and St. Paul in Cherry Creek, newly renovated 23 year old Cucina Colore stood the test of time in a rapidly changing neighborhood. The family-owned restaurant is a contemporary yet timeless Italian eatery and an undeniable neighborhood staple. Since the very beginning, owner Venanzio Momo focused on soulful dishes and b...

Aldo Campo, one of the Rome's top restaurateurs, opened Taste of Sicily, a brilliant restaurant featuring authentic Italian food and desserts at 6600 S Quebec St in Centennial, CO. To complete his visionary team and develop the original concept, Campo hired Chef Salvo Pavone, who has worked at some of the best restaurants in Italy and Sicily....

There was a time just a few years ago when Danilo Gallinari was what teams wanted in a four that fits the modern NBA game — he ran the floor well, could stretch the floor to knock down threes, could put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, just could do a lot of things on offense.   He was Il Gallo, the rooster. He scored more points pe...