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...

Classic lasagna is a top seller at Maggiano’s Little Italy but so is its specialty pasta, Our Famous Rigatoni “D” with herb-roasted chicken and Marsala cream sauce. Maggiano’s version of Italian-American comfort food also includes prime steaks and veal, fresh seafood (including Parmesan-crusted tilapia and lobster carbonara), signature salads, sand...

If not for unexpected morning rain, Kansas City would not be celebrating a major gift: a bronze cast of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s 15th-century Gates of Paradise. The original gilded doors were made for the east entrance of the baptistery in front of Florence Cathedral by Ghiberti and his workshop from 1425 to 1452. They depict scenes from the Old Testamen...

A pair of Kansas City pals has picked up some serious bragging rights. Chris Cardello and John Liberto are the 2017 United States Bocce Federation National Championship Tournament champions. In June, the pair picked up the title in Chicago, IL after only playing together for seven months. Now, they head to Poland to represent the United States in t...

How many meatballs and cannolis can you eat? Just imagine sitting down in front of a platter of a couple dozen meatballs. How about a dessert tray filled with cannolis? That’s right my friends, we’re talking about a meatball and cannoli eating contest right here in Kansas City. One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals, Festa Italiana, the celebratio...

Join us for the 26th Newport Italianfest, named a Top 20 Event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and held along Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival has authentic Italian food and live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from “the old country”, a Golf Out...