Paul Scalise immigrated to Omaha in 1940 on the last civilian ocean liner to leave Italy before World War II broke out. He was only 17. His father — a U.S. citizen who had returned to Italy — sent Paul here so he wouldn't be forced to join Mussolini's army. Instead, Scalise was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Forces, which fueled a lifelong de...

By Michael Kelly More than 90 years after its founding, the Sons of Italy club in Omaha has elected as president its first "daughter."   Sarita L. "Sarah" Ruma, a mental health therapist at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, will be sworn in Dec. 14 as the first woman to lead the local Cristoforo Colombo Lodge.   Read more &n...

A 93-year-old baker in Omaha can now wear the medals he earned during combat missions in World War II. Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac pinned an Air Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters and five other awards on Claudio Orsi's jacket Wednesday in Congressman Brad Ashford's office.   Orsi received the medals more than 70 years since the l...

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...

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...

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...

Members of Omaha's Little Italy community cheered and cried Sunday as family and friends celebrated the final day of the Santa Lucia Italian Festival at Lewis & Clark Landing. The four-day festival concluded with members of the Italian-American community walking with an ornate and decorated statue of Santa Lucia through the streets of down...