Besim Shala opened his first Italian restaurant in Grand Island in 2011 with hopes of one day expanding into Lincoln, Omaha or both. Now it’s happening for him. Shala opened his third Napoli’s and first in Lincoln on Sept. 3 in the strip mall at 48th Street and Nebraska 2, in the spot where South 48th Bistro operated for a short time. The site also...

Vince Emmanuel can’t stay away. “I’ve never found Italian bread like my mother made – except at Orsi’s Bakery. Orsi’s makes original Italian bread. If you’re Italian, you know what I mean.” Originally just a bakery when Alfonso Orsi opened for business at Sixth and Pacific Streets in Omaha a century ago, Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria has diver...

Cirque Italia is bringing the first ever traveling Italian water circus to Omaha Thursday through Sunday. Cirque Italia will be premiering their newest show "Aquatic Spectacular" in Omaha. The tent has been 'transformed' the stage into a large ship for the performance. The performance includes the use of a 35,000-gallon water tank. Performances wil...

"Prayers were answered," current state lodge president Dan Matuella said. It's been almost two and a half years since a kitchen fire destroyed the historic gathering place and restaurant on 10th Street. The rebuild still isn't finished. Construction was delayed and eventually stopped altogether when funds ran out. "It was so stressful and it requir...

In search of a new favorite Italian spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Omaha, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt. 1. Ethnic Sandwich Shop Topping the list is Ethnic Sandwich Shop. Located at 1438 S. 1...

The Sons of Italy Hall should be a 10th Street showpiece when it reopens, says Sons of Italy Nebraska President Dan Matuella. The popular Omaha hall is expected to serve up spaghetti again in late summer after multiple delays. The hall was damaged in January 2017 in an accidental fire caused by the spontaneous combustion of cleaning towels in the...

Two years ago, fire raced through a South Omaha landmark. As rebuilding started, hope grew for reopening the Sons of Italy hall. Then, as 6 On Your Side first reported, the project abruptly stopped. For decades, Sons of Italy attracted pasta lovers and politicians hungry for votes. "The place is near and dear to a lot of peoples’ hearts," said dan...

In the Fall of 2018 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s “History Harvest” project focused on the Italian-American communities in Nebraska. The main event was held on October 28, 2018, at the Santa Lucia Hall, in the heart of Omaha's historic Little Italy. Partner organizations included the Santa Lucia Festival Committee, the Sons and Daughters of...

You might have to wait a little longer — until spring — for a big plate of Sons of Italy pasta. A blaze in January 2017 damaged the popular Omaha hall on 10th Street south of downtown. The Sons had hoped to reopen the hall this month. Dr. Tom Pruse, a leader of the Sons, said the delay was caused by reconstruction costs that ended up higher than e...

At the Santa Lucia Festival, there’s something for everybody. The kids can hop on any number of carnival rides, check out remarkable dancing and they can eat all sorts of Italian cuisine, some of which you cannot get everyday.  “The sweet sauce is definitely something you don’t get at a lot of places. It’s got a little bit of heat, but it’s still v...