by Angelo D. Donze.   Today I am honoring my father Angelo Donze. My father was an immigrant that came to Kansas City in 1960 from Camporeale, Sicily. Like most immigrants, they followed their families and wanted a better life. He resided in the North East part of Kansas City called "Northeast" In the beginning he worked for Roma Bakery, Lex...

Modigliani transforms the way their valued customers enjoy the beauty and inspiration of authentic hand-crafted products for the home and table through the launch of their new website, MyModigliani.com, allowing more customers to Embrace La Grande Vita. The site aims to make it as quick and easy as possible for discerning shoppers to decorate their...

You and a guest are cordially invited to attend our next official dinner meeting of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City. That dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at Garozzo's Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas (near College and the I-69). Drinks and appetizers will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed...

HE Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy in Washington, will travel to Kansas City (MO) on November 17th and 18th for the inauguration of the photographic exhibition "Art and War" at the National WWI Museum on loan from the Italian Museo del Risorgimento of Rome.   The Ambassador will also meet with the local authorities and representative...

After Joyce DiDonato's performance of Maurice Ravel's deliciously sensual "Sheherazade" on the opening night of the Kansas City Symphony's new season, the audience was a big puddle of melted butter.   But DiDonato was worried it wasn't flashy enough, and afterward she told the audience she thought it lacked the "ta-da" factor for opening nig...

A little building on Prospect Avenue has been home to several restaurants, some that have moved on to higher profile spots.   Now a new operation has moved in: Mo's Italian Spot — "Mo" for Monica Abato Malik who is using recipes from her Italian grandparents. Malik and her husband, Raheem Malik, opened the restaurant earlier this month at 59...

by Jill Sederstrom   It has survived three fires, two world wars, the Depression and a changing neighborhood. But if there's one thing Holy Rosary Catholic Church has proved over the nearly 125 years that it's been a fixture in Kansas City, it's that it endures.   And the Catholic church hasn't just endured, it continues to thriv...

Judge Frank Benanti, Sr. was born in 1894 in Kansas City, MO. He was the oldest surviving son of Ignazio & Giuseppa (Arnone) Benanti. His parents were Sicilian immigrants from the town of Campofelice di Fitalia, Sicily. Frank attended the Kansas City School of Law and upon graduation was appointed Justice of the Peace in Kansas City and became...

by Charles Ferruzza   This morning, a diner at the compact Jerry's Cafe, at 1209 West 103rd Street, walked over to the table where Nick DeFeo was sitting with his parents. "I understand that you're the new owner here," the man said. "Please don't change anything. It's perfect like it is."   DeFeo, the 34-year-old former cook at t...

Today we honor Thomas Gialde and the American Sons of Columbus KC. Tom Gialde, son of Sicilian immigrants Joseph & Josephine (Romano) Gialde, was a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri resident, and graduate of Northeast High School. Tom married Angeline Cicero in 1941 and they had five children: Joseph, Steve, Tom, Mary Teresa, and Thomas Giald...