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...

A spectacular example of ancient Roman sculpture will be on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City from June 22 through Sept. 29 in Kirkwood Hall. The Fauno rosso, a red marble sculpture of a satyr (also called "faun"), was given to the Capitoline Museums in 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV. It was commissioned by Hadrian, the great empero...

by John Pepitone   An effort is underway to bring back a community center that served the Columbus Park neighborhood. The original Don Bosco building may soon serve nearby families again. The building had been a center where immigrants came to learn English as a second language.   A few years ago Don Bosco moved the program...

Annie Barbieri Spohn's maternal grandfather owned and operated neighborhood Italian deli and grocery stores, Sola's, in the North End and Midtown.   Now a vintage Sola's menu hangs on the wall of Spohn's new Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market — a 2014 version of her grandfather's shop that is scheduled to open Wednesday at 2101 Broadway....

by Charles Ferruzza   I've experienced and tasted a number of things at Erik Borger's Il Lazzarone pizzeria since it opened in the River Market. I've eaten some remarkable wood-fired pizza (and been served one that was all but inedible). I've been waited on by a couple of excellent servers (as well as by two who were memorably disappointing)...