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...

by Jody Valet   People don't realize how many successful businesses were started by Kansas City Italians. I would like to post a picture and story about a KC Italian business every week for #TBT. Please send your photos and stories to me @ jhvalet@aol.com. This week we will start with my family. This is an early photo of Fairyland Park taken...

di Paolo Battaglia   Ripartiamo dal Missouri per la tappa di trasferimento più lunga del nostro viaggio: tra due giorni ci attende Denver, la città più italiana del Wild West. Fin dalla metà dell'Ottocento, gli italiani si sono spinti fino al Colorado che, tra l'altro, ha dato i natali a uno dei più grandi letterati di origine italo american...

The AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 (9 pm ET, ESPN/UniMas/TSN/RDS, live chat on MLSsoccer.com) will be stop number one on a three-game preseason swing through North America for Serie A's AS Roma, but one club legend insists that the quality of talent on the field – on both sides – will make the encounter much more than a simple preseason frie...

Laura Norris has worked for Kansas City nonprofits for years but always dreamed of running her own Italian deli. In 2013, she raised money from friends and family to finally open her business, but she kept getting turned down by banks for the last piece of financing to make it work.   Then she learned about Kansas City's micro-loan program t...

by Stefano Radio   Dear friends, you and your guests 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 Monday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Cascone's in Overland Park, Kansas ( 6863 W 91st Overland Park, KS 66212). Drinks and appetiz...

Kansas City has become a "hot spot" for guest chefs and food artisans the past three to four years. Buddy Valastro, Ferran Adrià, Dario Cecchini, John Besh, Rachael Ray, Roberto Donna, Bryan Voltaggio ... The list is endless and I can go along for five more paragraphs to be honest with you.   This past week another chef passed through K...