The St. Louis restaurant community is mourning the loss of one of its greats. Rich LoRusso, chef, restaurateur and owner of the Italian mainstay, LoRusso's Cucina (3121 Watson Road, 314-647-6222), passed away on Wednesday, March 9, following a six-month battle with a rare form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. LoRusso was 63 years-old.LoRus...

During the 1970s the Rev. Salvatore E. Polizzi had become a national figure for his work in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Residents were shocked when news came that he was being reassigned. Here is our coverage from March 1, 1980. A friend of his calls it the mustache incident. In telling about it, there is a bit of soft laughter. It is so li...

"The primary intention of my religious paintings is depicting God’s love for us, a love that can be emanated from Himself or, indirectly, from any creation of Him. God’s love is absolute, regardless of how we perceive it in our limitations. In my work "The Madonna and Her Children" I wanted to represent a realistic young holy Mary loving her Son an...

Italians are masters in many noble fields and endeavors, including the sacrosanct art of drinking coffee. From the vocabulary associated with the beverage and the development of machinery to brew it to a wide variety of coffee blends and some of the world’s oldest cafés, Italy has left an indelible mark on how the world discusses, drinks, and enjoy...

The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities organization is proud to announce a new member of our board, Sgt. Kristine Galati, a former sergeant of the City of St Louis Police Department. Sgt. Galati had served the police department for 30 years before she retired. Galati's family comes from Cinisi, a small village near Palermo, Sicily. Sgt. Galati grew u...

Until I got my DNA results a few years ago, I was convinced — due entirely to family pride, the family tree and my nonna’s pronunciation of particular words — that I was at the very least a quarter Italian. After all, we made pizzelles every Christmas alongside sugar cookies and my grandmother pronounced prosciutto “pro-SHOOT” and called the cheese...

Many businesses that have stood the test of time are also family businesses; that’s just how it works. But Vitale’s Bakery on the Hill, now in its fourth generation, takes it to the next level. Take a deep breath and try to keep up. According to Vitale’s president and co-owner Angie Vitale, the bakery’s legacy dates back to 1945 when her grandfathe...

On Nov. 12, 1971, Cardinals third baseman Joe Torre was named MVP by a wide margin. Here is our original coverage.  And what did Joe Torre, named the National League's Most Valuable Player yesterday, plan as an encore? The Cardinals' third baseman was as quick with an answer as he had been with a bat all last season when he topped major league batt...

The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities proudly invites you to its 3rd Annual Italian Christmas Concert entitled Benedetta Orsi & Friends starring internationally acclaimed mezzosoprano and Bologna native, Benedetta Orsi Aquino, along with members of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Missouri - St Louis Choir. The concert will take...

Mickey Garagiola spent nearly his entire life on the historic Italian district of St. Louis known as "the Hill," playing baseball with his brother Joe and neighbor Yogi Berra, both of whom went on to become catchers in the major leagues. Although Mickey's fame would not come from professional baseball, he shared in a special bond with his friend an...