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)...

Kansas City Italians are hard working, smart, loyal, accomplished, and just absolutely extraordinary! Did you know we currently have 3 published KC Italian authors? Here is some information about each of them so, please give them your support and "like" their pages to help spread the word about their books. Marla Bernard's book, "Through the Rain:...

by Frank R. Hayde   Today we honor my friend Carl DiCapo who celebrates his 88th birthday today. Happy Birthday Carl!! Please read about Carl's many accomplishments and contributions to Kansas City in the excerpt below written by Frank Hayde from the book "Italian Gardens: A History of Kansas City Through its Favorite Restaurant." Drive nor...

Less than six months ago, Erik Palmer-Brown became the youngest person ever to sign with Sporting Kansas City in franchise history. The 16 year-old is now drawing some interest from abroad, as Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reports:   Sporting Kansas City has turned down a $1 million bid from Italian giant Juventus for 16-year-old defender...

I came across a poem today about cannoli, and I thought it was fitting for Carnevale. As you know, Carnevale comes 40 days before Easter, kind of like a last fling before Ash Wednesday. Let's just say it's one big party, a last hurrah full of rich foods and sweet desserts.   Carnevale comes from the words "carne," which means meat, and "lea...

BY TEREZ A. PAYLOR   The Broncos have hired away Brock Olivo to be their special-teams coach, a source told The Star on Thursday. Mike Klis of Denver 9 News reported it first. Olivo has been the Chiefs' assistant special teams coach for the last three years. He replaced Kevin O'Dea, who left Chiefs coach Andy Reid's staff in Januar...

BY Lou Jane Temple I guess you could say that Columbus Park is my true home in Kansas City. I lived there for 17 years, and though I've been gone from there more than a decade, when I drive down Fifth Street, heading east from the Rivermarket, I feel the familiar, sad, exciting twinges of great memories.   Columbus Park has always been the...

Jerry Viviano of Overland Park is host of the Viviano Benefit Variety Show, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Viviano also works full-time in sales for Sysco.   This year's show, which benefits Don Bosco Center, is at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 in Rose Theatre at Rockhurst High School. Tickets are $25 and include an Italian dinner; call H...

Thank you Robert for sharing with us your wonderful pictures of this year's Feast of Our Lady of the Audience (May 24th). Each year devotees gather at Holy Rosary Church in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna dell'Udienza, patroness of Sambuca, Sicily.   Festivities included live music, refreshments and the highly ant...