Whether you begin a meal with "buon appetite" or "tuck in," Central Standard's Food Critics can point you in the direction of a hearty dish personalized to your palette. Pitch food writer Liz Cook says we're living in a good time to find a range of Italian cuisine. Prior to the early 1990s, she says, American perception of Italian dining was locked...

Modern cuisine is a moving target. As any chef that’s been in the business for more than a year will tell you, tastes change and trends come and go. So when you call a restaurant “modern,” you’re committing to constant evolution. In the case of Plate Italiano Moderno, that evolution was hastened by a disastrous fire at the restaurant’s first locati...

The beard, flecked with white, didn’t last. Chris Colabello, the former Twin, shaved it before the Kansas City T-Bones, his current team in the independent American Association, left town after last weekend’s series with the St. Paul Saints.  He also coaxed a teammate into giving him a haircut, reviving the modified Mohawk he sported with the Toron...

A German-Italian artist is in Kansas City photographing Holocaust survivors. Luigi Toscano started on a mission to fight anti-Semitism and racism about four years ago. So far, he’s photographed about 400 people, documenting their stories and showing them in public displays all around the world. He says he continues to be inspired by them. Toscano s...

Italian heavyweights AC Milan have announced the club's preseason roster for the 2019 International Champions Cup, headlined by a trip to Children's Mercy Park on Tuesday for a marquee showdown against German powerhouse FC Bayern. Buy TICKETS for AC Milan vs. FC Bayern at Children's Mercy Park. AC Milan's formidable 27-man roster, assembled by newl...

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of living the Italian lifestyle — connecting with family and friends over simple but delicious food under the Tuscan sun? Maybe you’ve experienced la dolce vita firsthand on visits to Italy and want to recreate the memories here at home. No matter what about la grande vita captures you, you can embrace it with the functi...

Gianluca Busio might have been ready to leave home at age 14 to pursue a career as a professional soccer player. But his parents weren't prepared to let him go. “I don't know if it was denial as much as just flat-out refusal to even entertain the idea of him going away,” said his mother, Dr. Dionne Sills Busio. “I was very much against it. I though...

You know how much fun it is to watch your babies grow up? It’s bittersweet but also empowering to see them take on the world. That has to be how Laura Norris feels now that her baby, formerly known as Cucina Della Ragazza, has reopened to great fanfare as Ragazza Food & Wine at 4301 Main St. in midtown Kansas City. When Norris opened the Italian re...

The FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan match is detouring across the state line. The two international giants, originally scheduled to meet at Arrowhead Stadium in July, will instead play at Children’s Mercy Park, a notably smaller venue that houses Sporting Kansas City. The game will still take place at 8 p.m. on July 23. Ticket holders were informed o...