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...

At the wonky corner of Broadway Boulevard and West Pennway Street sits a new experience for Kansas City: Pezzettino's Italian Deli and Market.   Tall windows create an open feel, bringing in ample amount of daylight making light bulbs irrelevant. Beveled marbled top tables, dot the hexagonal tile floor. An open kitchen lures your eyes to the...

Today we honor two Italian-American heroes that lost their lives in a fire last night. Larry Leggio and John Mesh were both veteran firefighters with the KCFD. First responders put their lives on the line every day to save lives. They do it selflessly no matter the circumstance. To the families of Larry & John please know that you are in our th...

Our culinary adventure began in early summer when my friend, Ellen Henry, and I decided to create a multi-course Italian dinner that would help raise funds for my October trip to the country.   I had two reasons for visiting Italy: First, I would serve as one of 240 Slow Food USA delegates during Slow Food International's biannual confe...