Italian immigrants entered the Great Plains first as missionaries such as Fra Marco da Nizza (1495-1558) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), and later as adventurers such as Count Leonetto Cipriani (1816-1888) and Italian American Charles Siringo (1855-1928).   Since Italy was not a unified country until the Risorgimento (1860-70), early...

Documentary film about the history of the Santa Lucia Festival and Omaha's Little Italy For more info visit www.santaluciadocumentary.com/   Get your tickets at www.TicketOmaha.com    Fonte: Magna Grece      

By Betsie Freeman Omaha's American Italian Heritage Society hasn't had a home of its own since it moved out of Little Italy in 2006. That's about to change. Construction crews are grading land at 132nd and Fort Streets for the group's new hall, an 18,000-square-foot building that will house a banquet room, meeting areas and a full commercial...

La Festa Italiana is on the move. It will be outside a newly constructed American-Italian Heritage Center at 132nd and Fort this year.   The center called Il Palazzo will be a little piece of Italy in northwest Omaha. It will have a banquet hall and members can take courses on Italian music, language, history, and cooking. It's on sched...

"I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" used to say Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz". Well, today we actually are: we're in Kansas City, shared between Kansas and Missouri, where we meet the guest of our interview. Gino Serra is the Italian Honorary Vice Consul here. Even in the Midwest area, Italians left their mark and continue to do that, as...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...

by Michael Kelly   He was a charming Italian named Franco with a little wooden fishing boat. She was a tourist from Omaha named Holly, visiting a small village on the Italian Riviera with a friend. Franco was flirtatious at first when they met in 1982, but he was 15 years older. Their relationship, Holly says, never became romantic.&nb...

by Natalie Micale   Rita's Italian Ice is now open in Lincoln and it's the first store in Nebraska to offer Italian ice custard. The store's franchise is owned by the Malone family from Crete, Nebraska. Mike and Elynn Malone say they tried the store's hallmark item, ice custard in Kansas when they were visiting their daughter and loved...

Paul Kulik runs some of the best restaurants in Omaha, and the James Beard Award semifinalist is known for his daring, often difficult cuisine. Ethan Bondelid is behind three of the city's most popular craft cocktail bars, and his ability to grab a trend and bring it to Omaha is well documented.   Now the two old friends and former room...

  WTI Magazine #75    2016 January 18Author : Vittorio Bocchi      Translation by:   As the book "L'Altro ItaloAmericano – La straordinaria storia di Vincenzo James Capone – Two-Gun il fratello di Al Capone" was published in Italy, it raised a lot of interest. It is a small and simple book, which presents for the first time to the Italian reader...