Independent filmmaker Mark Spano, writer, producer, and director of “Sicily: Land of Love and Strife,” has announced the U.S. premiere of his feature-length documentary. The premiere screening will be held in the filmmaker’s hometown, Kansas City, MO., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m., at the Screenland Armour theater. The event is co-sponso...

Laura Norris’ great-grandparents were Italian immigrants, and she grew up visiting them and their favorite Bronx delis. The experience turned her into a lifelong lover of Italian food. But as an adult she also dreamed of one day opening an Italian deli of her own. In late 2013, after a longtime career in non-profits, she opened not a deli but a nei...

When Alice Accorsi, PhD, first encountered the freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata, it was as an invasive pest of crops and the intermediate host of a parasitic roundworm that can cause human encephalitis. Accorsi, then a graduate student at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy, was searching for vulnerabilities in the snai...

Most people go to Kansas City for the barbecue. I go for the fried rice. The kind I still dream about -- a far cry from the clumpy rice huddled with frozen vegetables that gets scooped into takeout cartons -- is a staple dish of chef Michael Corvino’s namesake restaurant, Corvino, on the Missouri side of downtown Kansas City.The fried rice, which c...

Why is the sky blue? Modern-day scientists know it’s because of the way the sun interacts with air molecules when sunlight enters the Earth’s atmosphere. In Leonardo da Vinci’s time, however, the answer wasn’t so clear. He questioned assumptions of the day, even those that seemed simple. “It’s that type of always asking ‘Why?’ that led (da Vinci) t...

In the south of Kansas City on a corner of 43rd Avenue there is an Italian restaurant called Cupini’s. Eddie Cupini and his father, Franco, have dedicated nearly 15 years to serving the best pasta in town – “Just like my mom used to make,” says Franco – and earning a few awards along the way. But soon they will be leaving behind the restaurant and...

As America is gaining ground on the world soccer stage, one of the State's elite youth's turned heads — earning a spot as a member of the renowned AS Roma academy. At the youthful age of 9, Alessandro Cupini trained with the top three soccer academies in Italy including Empoli FC, Atalanta BC and AS Roma. Alessandro has trained with AS Roma, one of...

Johnny and Sandra Caracci have been serving customers their Italian dishes using family recipes for 25 years. This week they opened their Johnny C’s Deli & Pasta in the Town Pavilion, 1111 Main St., Suite 115. Plowboys Barbeque formerly operated in the space but relocated to a larger spot on the south corner of the Town Pavilion. Johnny C’s serves...

It’s called the Kobrand Tour d’Italia, and it is, in my opinion, one of the most ambitious wine and food experiences attempted in the 20-plus years that I’ve lived in Kansas City. It begins in the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a trade tasting featuring eight Italian wineries and their principals and some 70 wines. That’s impressive, but li...

Darren Powell has made a career out of recognizing soccer talent, and he knew there was something special about Gianluca Busio when he first saw him — even if Busio was just five years old at the time. “Even as a five-year-old, he stood out on the field with exceptional technical ability,” says Powell, now head coach of USL’s San Antonio FC. “He ha...