Memory…belongs to the same part of the soul as imagination; it’s a collection of mental pictures from sense impressions but with a time element added, for the mental images of memory are not from perception of things present but of things past. —Frances Yates from The Art of Memory I grew up in a curious little locale hidden away on the north side...

Steve Spagnuolo is an Italian American football coach who serves for the Kansas City Chiefs in NFL as a defensive coordinator. He led his team Chiefs to win the Super Bowl LIX by defeating the 69ers. Not only that, he even led his club New York Giants to win Super Bowl XLII. Steve began his NFL career coaching in the Philadelphia Eagles organizatio...

Craving some authentic style Italian Pizza? Marco's Pizza announced in a press release Thursday that it will be opening a new location in Ballwin. The new restaurant will be located at 15003 Manchester Road near Holloway Road. Marco's Pizza has several locations in the state, including Florissant, Wentzville and St. Peters. According to a press rel...

There are projects in the Italian American world that are not connected to one local community, but rather contain them all, telling a particularly important theme that has characterized throughout the United States the stories of our compatriots. The protagonist of this interview is Raymond Guarini, a fantastic and very proud Italian American wh...

For a year and a half, chef Dawn Wilson has been serving her handmade pasta and assorted home goods from her Lafayette Square storefront, Vicini Pastaria (1916 Park Avenue, 314-827-6150), eagerly awaiting the day she could realize her full vision for the space. Now, that time has finally come: Vicini celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Novemb...

As the year 2022 draws to a close - a year in which we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the St Louis-Bologna Sister Cities - we have yet another reason to celebrate. Our board member and VP, Elizabeth Bernhardt, Ph.D., has announced the publication of her long-awaited book on the life of renaissance Bolognese noblewoman Genevra Sforza de' Bentivo...

Stroll the streets of The Hill in St. Louis, Missouri, and you'll find several dozen restaurants and markets touting traditional Italian fare attracting epicureans from near and far. Founded by Italian immigrants in the early 1800s, the Little Italy status eventually stuck thanks to neighbors like Challie Gioia. He founded his Italian Market on The...

The Kansas City Royals are months away from the official start of their 2023 regular season, but it's never too early to predict what could happen in the upcoming campaign. MLB.com recently published an article honing in on one player from each team who is slated to have a breakout season. For Kansas City, beat writer Anne Rogers selected first bas...

After about six months of renovations, business partners Ben Burda and Drake Doepke have opened their new Florabella restaurant and cafe at 500 Brooks Street. The building, which was the longtime home of the popular Caffe Dolce, has been transformed on the inside and now features an in-house bakery, a coffee shop and a redone kitchen that will serv...

Before the supermarket aisles, before the ad campaigns, and before the iconic curvy bottle, there was just the Wishbone restaurant in Kansas City. A classy establishment located at 4455 Main Street, the Wishbone served family-style bowls of fried chicken along with prime rib, lobster tails, brook trout, corn fritters, mashed potatoes and gravy — an...