If a classic plate of spaghetti drenched in a robust red sauce and dotted with meatballs sounds like your idea of a perfect meal, new restaurant Anna Dolce might be the spot for you. Tentatively scheduled for an April 19 opening in the former Blu Toro Cantina & Grill in West Glen Town Center, Anna Dolce will be serving updated Italian American clas...

After opening in early January, the Italian Cowboy Cafe in Sheldon provides dishes unique like its namesake. Owner Stacey Van Roekel wanted a menu that provided dishes that were a mix of Italian and Southern cuisine. It’s a blend that had me interested and last week, staff writer Lydia Hansen and I went over for a taste test of Sheldon’s newest res...

After it was announced that an Italian chain restaurant was coming to Sioux City last year, Tuesday was the day that Fazoli’s opened its doors to the public. The new Fazoli’s is located at 3327 Singing Hills Blvd, where the former Pizza Hut building was, across from 4 Brothers and Walmart. Fazoli’s is considered an Italian/American fast-casual rest...

Food is a source of comfort. That’s why we incorporate it into so many events. We use food to smooth over the awkwardness of first dates or meeting our partners’ families for the first time. To celebrate birthdays, graduations, new babies and marriages. To mourn the losses of loved ones, relationships and jobs. To lull our teenagers into telling us...

The Butler Mansion, the striking white concrete building that sits on a hill overlooking Gray’s Lake and downtown Des Moines, has a new owner. The Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa is buying the property at 2633 Fleur Drive on contract for $3.3 million, according to Polk County real estate records. The transaction was recorded Dec. 28."We ar...

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Kitchen may be right next door to Happy Joe’s in Eldridge. And they may be owned by the same company, Dynamic Restaurant Holdings, LLC, and have the same CEO and president in Tom Sacco. But the similarities end there for the two restaurants, Tom Sacco said. Tony Sacco’s opens its Eldridge restaurant at 350 East LeClaire Road...

The business lockdowns in mid spring hit many small business owners in the entertainment industry particularly hard. Romina Muse and her husband have been operating Skateland together for years, and the shut downs were tough."We were closed for two and a half months," Muse said. "That was a huge hit for us." That also left more free time with no bu...

The first goal of the season for Serie A won’t happen until this weekend, and already Italy’s top soccer league has seen its first upset: One of the league’s oldest teams will start play under the control of a company in the heart of the American Midwest.  Parma Calcio 1913, named after the year it was founded and commonly referred to as Parma, ann...

When Kathy and Herb Eckhouse started La Quercia, their cured pork processing business, in 2005, all they really had in mind at the time was producing prosciutto (Italian ham). It is made from the hind legs of pigs, and typically there are two types: prosciutto cotto, which is cooked, and prosciutto crudo, which is cured but uncooked. In fact, when...

Lauded by Fanfare for his “dazzling technique and white-hot interpretations” and by News Review for his “stunning mastery of the instrument,” the classical pianist, composer, and recording artist Julian Gargiulo performs a virtual concert in celebration of the Figge Art Museum's 15th anniversary, the streaming August 8 event sure to demonstrate why...