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...

This week, we celebrated National Immigrants Day, a holiday meant to honor the diversity, perseverance and contributions of those who have come from different places and cultures all over the world to make a home in America and in Kansas City. Among them was Nikoles Aleshi, a poor Italian immigrant who built a successful grocery business in Kansas...

Matt Quatraro is the latest Italian American to manage a club in Major League Baseball. The Rays announced his hiring on Sunday night. Most recently a bench coach in Tampa, he signed a three-year contract with an option for 2026. He was also a hitting coach with the Indians from 2014-2017. An All-American player at Old Dominion University, he made...

Overlooking this little spot in Waldo would be a big mistake. Jovito’s Italian Café & Deli boasts an impressive selection of Italian deli favorites including Italian beef sandwiches, Muffalini paninis, Chicago-style hot dogs, and more. For your money, nothing on their menu can top the Sicilian sandwich. The Sicilian is simplicity done to absolute p...

Vinnie Pasquantino’s major-league debut is finally near. The Kansas City Royals called up the 24-year-old slugger from the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday after trading Carlos Santana. The left-handed hitter entered the MLB’s top 100 prospects list at No. 98 one week ago on June 22 after a hot start to the season. And as the Royals begin the...

Josh Albarelli is seemingly always on the move. For many in Kansas City, Stag Pizza has been impossible to miss. The small white and teal pizza trailer with its distinctive red “STAG PIZZA” sign has been making the rounds throughout town for several years, popping up outside of breweries and at street festivals – and even the occasional private par...

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is opening this week in Kansas City at 10406 NE Cookingham Dr., offering an order-ahead option and third-party delivery services. Owned and operated by business partners and friends, Mike and Kathleen Brooks and Mark and Sumer McPhee, the store brings 20 jobs to the area. "Having moved from Las Vegas where Capriotti's is v...

It’s a view unlike any other. And it’s coming to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 1. Spectators will have the chance to gaze upon near-life-size reproductions of the frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel. “This is an up-close, never-before- seen perspective,” said Eric Leong, senior producer at Special Entertainment Events...

When thinking about the type of place one would find a good slice of New York-style pizza in the Big Apple, most picture a tiny neighborhood spot where people can pop in and out quickly, grabbing a hot slice or whole pie to go. Erik Borger had the same vision in mind when he secured the locations for his newest New York-style pizza concept, Pizza T...

 From March 11 to May 1, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition will set up shop at the Country Club Plaza. “This exhibition gives visitors a chance to engage with Rome’s most iconic treasures in ways that were never possible,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of Los Angeles-based SEE Global Entertainment, which produces the exhibit. The nearly-life-size...