A Maserati vehicle is not something most see on the daily commute to work. Born in Italy and arguably some of the finest crafted automobiles in the world, Maserati vehicles can be elusive to American shoppers - except those that live in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.   Recently, the Italian automaker reminded the world that it is...

The Thursday evening final dress of Gioachino Rossini's romp of an opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, convinced a lot of area students that opera is not just a fuddy-duddy bunch of screaming. Great voices, fantastic production values, constant business going on all over the stage makes audience members fearful of looking away, even to blink. &nbs...

Juventus are closing in on the signing of young Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown. The 17-year-old American youth international is highly regarded as one the hottest prospects in Major League Soccer, and the Bianconeri have been long-term admirers of the talented center back.   SportItalia report that Juventus have finally rea...

Kansas Citians and out-of-town visitors will soon experience an oasis for the refined at heart, as the newest jewel of the city opens its doors. Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza makes its Kansas City debut, opening to the public Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tucked amid the ornate fountains and elegant courtyards of Kansas City's premier shopping district, H...

Lyric Opera of Kansas City concludes its dynamic 57th season with Giacomo Puccini's vibrant Tosca, April 18, 22, 24 and 26 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English and Italian titles.   General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler stated, "The 2014-15 season is the season of emotionally...

Silicon Valley in California and Silicon Alley in New York are not the only tech ecosystems in America where an Italian entrepreneur can find exciting opportunities to grow. It depends on the kind of business you are into. That's the lesson learned by Davide Rossi, a 38-years-old Italian mechanical engineer from Badia Polesine, a small town close t...

by Libby Hanssen   "Andiamo reali! Go Royals!" cheered music director Michael Stern at the Kansas City Symphony's "Festa Italiana" performance on Friday night, happening concurrent to the Royals' ultimately successful battle for the American League pennant.   The turnout in Helzberg Hall was good, even so, and the orchestra with the K...

by Bob Sutton   The teenage Italian shortstop who has been dubbed the top European baseball prospect will play for the Burlington Royals. Tommy Shields, the manager of the Burlington team, said Marten Gasparini, 17, has been targeted for the Appalachian League club all along.   MLB.com lists the 30 top international prospects and...

Fintan Molloy, owner of Brookside's Blue Grotto, says the seven-year-old restaurant is turning its focus away from pizza. The new menu will emphasize steak, fish and burgers. And a new name is on the horizon: Bia, the Gaelic word for food. Molloy says the transition to the new name will not be immediate.   "The Blue Grotto's primary clientel...

Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing/retail project on the University of Central Missouri (UCM) campus to serve students, faculty, staff, and the local Warrensburg, Mo. community. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St. location will have more than 100 seats, a bar, and a f...