The third annual Arkansas Italian Food and Wine Festival presented by Relyance Bank is scheduled for April 29 through May 1 at the Penick Boys & Girls Club in Little Rock. The event will feature three days of Italian food, culture, wine, as well as arts and crafts, demonstrations, a kids’ zone and musical acts.  Some of Arkansas’ best Italian food...

John and Mary Olive Stephens have announced plans to open an Italian restaurant called George's at the former Cafe Prego location in Little Rock. The restaurant, named as a tribute to some of the couple's favorite restaurants abroad, is set to open in the Heights neighborhood in late 2022. The menu will feature "fresh, homemade Italian classics wit...

Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Otteneheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR. They came looking for the promised land. They found a nightmare. And they built it into a new life. This is the story of the Italians of Sunnyside. Lured from Italy to buy parts of Sunnyside Plantation, instead they were litt...

Arkansas is steeped in history, natural beauty and southern hospitality.  It is (you would think) one of the last places in America where residents from, fourth, fifth and sixth generations can trace their lineage back to Italy.  One location in Arkansas where Italian immigrants were brought over to work on a cotton plantation circa 1895 was Sunnys...

I may be wrong, and I ask our readers to help me if so, but there is no such thing as a town called "Little Italy" in the United States. There are, of course, many neighborhoods called Little Italy in different American cities, officially or not. But a city officially called Little Italy, to my knowledge, does not exist. Today our interview guests...

Greetings friends of Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society and Museum!  Please join me in planning towards the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, by reviving the Christmas traditions that built “community” in Little Italy.  For those of us who spent our younger years in Little Italy during Christmas, we recall fondly the magic that came a...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Little Rock's exploration of a new sister city relationship with Sicily's capital kicked off Friday with a delegation from Palermo visiting the city. The group -- which included an artist, a fashion designer, a tour operator and a chef from Palermo, Italy -- arrived in Arkansas' capital this week to take part in events centered on food and friendsh...

Ciao, amici! In today’s digital-first "Exploring Arkansas" segment, we’re heading out to the foothills of the Ouachita mountains — a place that reminded its founders of their homeland so much that they eventually called it Little Italy, Arkansas. Watch with us as we find out how the descendants of Joseph and Maria Belotti are working to keep the co...

Arkansas-made wine, authentic Italian food and a look back in time at a cultural gem just west of Little Rock is how you can spend your Sunday at the grand opening of the Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Museum on September 15. The brought along the following historical items on Good Afternoon Arkansas: Immigration Inspection Card from Ellis Island (...