By Wally Kennedy Last week, when I suggested that a new day was dawning for pizza in Joplin with the opening of Midtown Pizza Kitchen, 1212 S. Main St., some people thought that comment was over the top. Well, Joplin's pizza scene is truly changing.   I did not have enough space last week to tell you that an Old Chicago restaurant is c...

By Rena Garrett At St. Louis' historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; an...

By Pat Eby    Mario Ruggeri doesn't simply follow recipes when he cooks for his family. He's an intuitive cook who understands the importance of good ingredients. He's a thoughtful chef who meticulously hones his cooking techniques. He understands the importance of patience at the stove as well as the need for speed when a dish must com...

The Italy Semester photo exhibition "Un.It Unescoitalia: The World Heritage Sites in the Work of 14 Photographers" will be delayed by several days due to a delay in shipping the exhibition from the Miami Dade Public Library in Florida to Missouri Southern State University.   The exhibition will open on Thursday, Aug. 22 (instead of Monday, A...

A Maserati vehicle is not something most see on the daily commute to work. Born in Italy and arguably some of the finest crafted automobiles in the world, Maserati vehicles can be elusive to American shoppers - except those that live in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.   Recently, the Italian automaker reminded the world that it is...

The Thursday evening final dress of Gioachino Rossini's romp of an opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, convinced a lot of area students that opera is not just a fuddy-duddy bunch of screaming. Great voices, fantastic production values, constant business going on all over the stage makes audience members fearful of looking away, even to blink. &nbs...

Charlie Gitto's Downtown St. Louis – St Louis Restaurant Review published a review on February 15, 2015 about Charlie Gitto's three locations, On the Hill, From the Hill and at Hollywood Casino.   We obtained information for our review that helped us understand the family and the business structure. It appears that the situation could create...

Relevent Sports and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission today announced that Real Madrid and F.C. Internazionale, better known as Inter, will meet August 10 at 1 p.m., Central Time, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will mark the first men's soccer match at the Edward Jones Dome, which previously featured the...

The massive immigration of European settlers to the United States in the late 18th century included a large number of Italians who settled in southeast Kansas to take jobs as deep-shaft coal miners. Two of these families who followed the dream, the Battitori family and the Iager family, merged a generation later. Dr. John Battitori, who addressed...

When the fire hydrants begin to look like Italian flags with green, red and white stripes, you know you're on "The Hill". With an Italian American style all their own, featuring Provel cheese and fried ravioli, there's an unmistakable St. Louis flair in this town's Italian flavor.   Settlement of what's now called "the Hill" began in the 183...