Ciao from Rome! Welcome to the 77th issue of our online magazine. What a wonderful trip I did, visiting 9 cities but most of all 10 different sparkling beautiful Italian communities presenting my book "We the Italians. Two flags, One heart. One hundred interviews" (available here http://goo.gl/f2wBha). What a terrific wave of passion for Italy, of...

Nick Leto, manager of the Kansas City Royals' Arizona Operations, is worth his weight in gold for not only signing 17-year-old Italian MLB prospect Marten Gasparini but also for his outstanding work as a minor league affiliate leader. The recent recipient of the organization's Matt Minker Award after eight years of dedicated service, Leto is critic...

Dr. Dominic M. Nigro was born in Cosenza, Italy in 1893. As a child, Nigro's family moved to the United States and settled in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the University of Notre Dame, earned a medical degree at Creighton University, and went into practice as a doctor, treating Harry Truman before he was President. In the 1930s, he served as...

by Jeff Toohey Johnson   Porchetta is a traditional Italian dish that consists of layering pork belly with herbs and spices and pork loin, rolling it up, then roasting it in the oven. Jeff Toohey calls his version of this classic dish "Kansas City-fied." He merges Italian culture with Kansas City style by adding a barbecue spice rub and...

by Kimberly Winter Stern   It started innocently enough on Dec. 9 when hometown boy and actor Paul Rudd confessed to people.com his soft spot for Jasper's Restaurant. Rudd was riding the frenzied promotional bandwagon for the "Anchorman" movie sequel about to be released, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."   In the much-anticip...

Today we honor Jasper Mirabile, Sr. of Jasper's Restaurant & Marco Polo's Italian Market. Please read the following hisory of Jasper's taken from www.JaspersKC.com. In 1954, a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar was opened in Kansas City by Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper. The restaurant, named Jasper's, quickly became a popula...

by Jill Wendholt Silva   "What's up?" Italian-born chef Lidia Bastianich asks the rooster that lightly pecks at her sandals. "You know, you'd make a good sauce!" At the start of the week she was cooking risotto for Pope Francis and by the end hosting her third annual benefit dinner at the Boys Grow Farm in Grandview.   Bastianich...

The Vice Consulate of Italy in Kansas City together with the Kansas City Chapter of UNICO National will again be organizing the Italian Motorsports Show at the 2015 Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa. This fourth installment of "Motori in Piazza" will be held on Sunday, May 31, Noon to 3pm. Here is the flyer. As with Festa Italiana, admission is free. &n...

By Dick Kaegel   KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old shortstop Marten Gasparini, considered by some experts to be the most promising European prospect ever. Gasparini, from Cervignano, Italy, reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $1.3 million -- highest ever for a European, eclipsing the previous mark of...

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Italian club AS Roma will try to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United when it takes on the best players in Major League Soccer this summer. Man U dominated MLS players in two of the league's annual all-star games, winning by a combined score of 9-2. But the top domestic league in the U.S. has never lost to another i...