A foundation dedicated to spreading devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, is set to open a chapel in rural Kansas this weekend that will permanently host a first-class relic of the saint.  Luciano Lamonarca, the founder of the Saint Pio Foundation, told CNA that the plan is to inaugurate five chapels dedicated to the saint,...

Details were promised last week about a new downtown Italian restaurant currently making plans to open in the former Julian's location, 216 N. Main, just south of the Santa Fe tracks. Another group had announced reopening but ran into problems, enabling the new leaseholders, Tony and Arda Demaj, to launch their plans and move to Hutchinson. Tony sa...

Capo Italian Kitchen, a new family-owned, fine dining restaurant will open where Jillian's Italian Grill served up lasagna and steaks for more than a decade. Along with fresh coats of red, white, green and black paint, the restaurant will feature new kitchen equipment, some new pictures and lots of new faces and menu items. Along with premium, fres...

Too many cooks in the kitchen can be frustrating. But when it comes to making cappelletti, it's an all-hands-on-deck affair for the Hamiltons. Jim Hamilton and his sister Susan Hamilton Griffin live in Kansas, about an hour apart. Every Thanksgiving when they get together with the rest of the family, the focus turns from a traditional turkey meal t...

The Pittsburg (KS) State University Solo & Chamber Music Series, which began in September, will continue with its next concert, a performance by Italian trombonist Peter Steiner, on Friday, Jan. 20. Steiner, who has been hailed as "a new trombone star within his generation" by the president of the International Trombone Association, is scheduled to...

Are you the type of person that always has trouble choosing a dish from the menu when dining out in Kansas? Find yourself having to flip a coin, or maybe “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” it? If that sounds like you, one place you’ll definitely want to avoid is Paisano’s Ristorante in Topeka. This spot has been serving up delicious Italian eats for over th...

A wreath-laying ceremony for former German and Italian prisoners of war took place at the Fort Riley post cemetery, Thursday morning. The annual ceremony is held in remembrance of the POWs who lived and worked at Fort Riley between 1943 and 1946, specifically the 62 Germans and 11 Italians now buried here. In 1943, War Department officials establis...

For 37 years, the annual “Viviano Variety Show” benefit has operated by the theatrical credo of “the show must go on!” But as Geoffrey Chaucer wrote during medieval times, “All good things must come to an end.” And so it is that the “Viviano Variety Show,” a holiday tradition for many Kansas City area families, will have its 38th and last performan...

The St. Alfio Society is looking to expand its Feast of the Three Saints this year by overcoming tensions of the past and reaching out to the Hispanic community of Lawrence. There will also be the return of many aspects that were restricted due to the pandemic. The 2022 event, in its 99th year, will be held from Sept. 2-4 on Common Street. The feas...

A new Italian restaurant has taken over the former Mimi’s Old Town Mexican Restaurant space at 321 N. Mead. Introducing Bocatto: Eatery and Pasta. They recently opened and of course, we had to stop by and check out the new eatery in Old Town. The menu featured pastas, paninis and a ton more. Many Italian classics and pretty much any popular Italian...