Italians are masters in many noble fields and endeavors, including the sacrosanct art of drinking coffee. From the vocabulary associated with the beverage and the development of machinery to brew it to a wide variety of coffee blends and some of the world’s oldest cafés, Italy has left an indelible mark on how the world discusses, drinks, and enjoy...

A new restaurant in the area is always something to talk about—anticipating how it will look and what the food will be like. Ramata Italian (1201 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-231-9559) the new eatery at Branson Landing, has outdone itself as a fine dining destination for the Branson area. The space itself is quite large and beautiful, modern...

At Erik Borger’s new project, Pizza Tascio, even the logo is D.O.P. “We have this character, Uncle Tascio,” Borger says. “We were in Italy for a few months a couple of years ago. In Palermo, off the beaten path, this guy we were with says ‘Hey, watch out for the Tascio around here.’ I’m like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘They’ll be perch...

A beloved Italian restaurant in Springfield is apparently up for sale after a 35-year run. After closing during the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopening, DiGiacinto's Italian restaurant on South Campbell Avenue is now up for sale, according to a Facebook post on the restaurant's page. DiGiacinto's was known for its authentic, high-quality Italian...

Next year, Pasta La Fata, a beloved Italian pop-up in Columbia, Missouri, will get permanent digs. Owner Michelle La Fata, known to many as “Shelly,” will open a brick-and-mortar shop at 1207 Rogers Street (the same building that houses Ozark Mountain Biscuit and Bar) this spring. The move was partially spurred by the upcoming closure of the Mizzou...

The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities organization is proud to announce a new member of our board, Sgt. Kristine Galati, a former sergeant of the City of St Louis Police Department. Sgt. Galati had served the police department for 30 years before she retired. Galati's family comes from Cinisi, a small village near Palermo, Sicily. Sgt. Galati grew u...

Until I got my DNA results a few years ago, I was convinced — due entirely to family pride, the family tree and my nonna’s pronunciation of particular words — that I was at the very least a quarter Italian. After all, we made pizzelles every Christmas alongside sugar cookies and my grandmother pronounced prosciutto “pro-SHOOT” and called the cheese...

Many businesses that have stood the test of time are also family businesses; that’s just how it works. But Vitale’s Bakery on the Hill, now in its fourth generation, takes it to the next level. Take a deep breath and try to keep up. According to Vitale’s president and co-owner Angie Vitale, the bakery’s legacy dates back to 1945 when her grandfathe...

A new Italian restaurant has opened up on Branson Landing. Ramata Italian, which bills itself as “Branson’s Premiere Lakeside Fine Dining Restaurant,” has opened in the former Famous Dave’s location across from Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar. “We are very excited to open Ramata Italian at Branson Landing, Branson has not had an Italian fine dini...

Kansas City is getting a new taste of the Mediterranean. Ragazza owner Laura Norris and her brother, Grant Norris, co-manager of the Midtown Italian restaurant and wine bar, plan to open Enzo Bistro and Wine Bar next spring in City Market at Fifth and Walnut streets. Enzo will serve a diverse menu of Mediterranean dishes and wines at one of the nei...