by Frank R. Hayde   Today we honor my friend Carl DiCapo who celebrates his 88th birthday today. Happy Birthday Carl!! Please read about Carl's many accomplishments and contributions to Kansas City in the excerpt below written by Frank Hayde from the book "Italian Gardens: A History of Kansas City Through its Favorite Restaurant." Drive nor...

Less than six months ago, Erik Palmer-Brown became the youngest person ever to sign with Sporting Kansas City in franchise history. The 16 year-old is now drawing some interest from abroad, as Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reports:   Sporting Kansas City has turned down a $1 million bid from Italian giant Juventus for 16-year-old defender...

I came across a poem today about cannoli, and I thought it was fitting for Carnevale. As you know, Carnevale comes 40 days before Easter, kind of like a last fling before Ash Wednesday. Let's just say it's one big party, a last hurrah full of rich foods and sweet desserts.   Carnevale comes from the words "carne," which means meat, and "lea...

BY TEREZ A. PAYLOR   The Broncos have hired away Brock Olivo to be their special-teams coach, a source told The Star on Thursday. Mike Klis of Denver 9 News reported it first. Olivo has been the Chiefs' assistant special teams coach for the last three years. He replaced Kevin O'Dea, who left Chiefs coach Andy Reid's staff in Januar...

BY Lou Jane Temple I guess you could say that Columbus Park is my true home in Kansas City. I lived there for 17 years, and though I've been gone from there more than a decade, when I drive down Fifth Street, heading east from the Rivermarket, I feel the familiar, sad, exciting twinges of great memories.   Columbus Park has always been the...

Jerry Viviano of Overland Park is host of the Viviano Benefit Variety Show, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Viviano also works full-time in sales for Sysco.   This year's show, which benefits Don Bosco Center, is at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 in Rose Theatre at Rockhurst High School. Tickets are $25 and include an Italian dinner; call H...

Thank you Robert for sharing with us your wonderful pictures of this year's Feast of Our Lady of the Audience (May 24th). Each year devotees gather at Holy Rosary Church in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna dell'Udienza, patroness of Sambuca, Sicily.   Festivities included live music, refreshments and the highly ant...

by Joyce Smith   On the Saturday before Christmas — one of the busiest nights of the year at the Northland's Cascone's Italian Restaurant —partner Jimmy Cascone still stopped to reminisce with longtime customers.   One customer who had been celebrating the season with his family there for decades forgot to make reservations for his pa...

When Lidia's Kansas City opened in the Crossroads 15 years ago, there had never been a restaurant in the former railroad freight house (there are now three), and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich (the proprietor of Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto restaurants in New York City) had never opened a location outside New York (she now has two).   "...

by Shannon O'Brien   A popular Midtown restaurant was robbed and the owner ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. Police say a man followed the owner into the store and attacked him, then got away in a yellow cab. For 13 years, Franco Cupini has owned the restaurant and says he has never had any trouble until Tuesday.   "I am lucky...