A Nebraska state senator wants Nebraska to stop celebrating the legacy of Christopher Columbus, instead, honoring Native Americans on the same day. A bill by state senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would replace the state-observed Columbus Day, with Indigenous Peoples Day. She wants to move away from celebrating Columbus, who she says never...

Crowds once again gathered at the popular Sons of Italy dining hall that burned down in an accidental fire more than three years ago. The reopening of the popular lunch and dinner spot had been delayed a few times because of a lack of funding and issues with construction. But Thursday, it was spaghetti and meatballs for everyone who walked through...

A piece of Omaha's history will rise from the ashes on Thursday. That's when spaghetti dinners will return at the Sons of Italy Hall. It comes more than two years after a two-alarm fire destroyed the building near 10th and Pacific. Before the fire, the Sons of Italy held spaghetti dinners as a fundraiser for its community activities.

The writer of “A Bronx Tale,” a touring Broadway musical coming next week to the Orpheum Theater, says the show endures because everybody can relate to it. Chazz Palminteri originally wrote the piece as a semiautobiographical one-man play about his childhood in the Bronx. When he was a young boy, he witnessed a shooting after two men were fighting...

It's been a long process and it’s almost there. Recovering from the fire that tore through Sons of Italy. Soon, the kitchen will reopen at the hall after a long wait. Italy is in Todd Procopio's blood and so is Sons of Italy. His dad and his family were members here. Which made January 2017 even more painful. “There were inches of water. TV’s on th...

A new Italian restaurant opens its doors in the Western Nebraska Regional Airport. Roma Italian Restaurant sells homemade lasagna, meatballs, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, chicken alfredo, bread and more. Owners Alex and Noti Gabrica traveled from Texas to open the restaurant. They also recently applied for a liquor license so they can sell wine and...

Clara Colombo grew up around gymnastics. Her father was a coach, and her sister was a gymnast. Colombo first began participating in the sport around age 5. She continued to hone her craft over the years and performed well enough to become an NCAA gymnast for the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team. On the surface, nothing truly stands out about the fr...

After numerous delays, organizers are tentatively setting a date to reopen Sons of Italy at the end of the month. They hope to open the doors for the organization’s signature lunches and dinners by Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, said Dan Matuella, state lodge president. But there’s a chance the opening could be pushed back to the first week of February. Th...

Judging from public comments on social media, the community has been in need of a good Italian restaurant. One is now on the way as Roma Italian Restaurant gets ready to open at Western Nebraska Regional Airport. Cousins Alex Gabrica and Noti Berisha are from Dallas, Texas, where family members are in the restaurant business. They learned the cooki...

As North 27th Street continues to develop, more family-operated restaurants are popping up. The latest is Villa Amore, the Italian restaurant which opened at the beginning of this month at 5353 N. 27th St. It’s connected to the Country Inn & Suites and takes the place of JB’s Burger Kitchen & Bar. Prior to JB’s, the site operated as Beacon Hills, a...