The Vespa is such a potent symbol of Italian lifestyle that it is often a surprise to find that other cultures have embraced the iconic scooter. One country that I never thought would embrace the Vespa is America. The country that gave us large-displacement v-twins and gargantuan V8s designed to cover the vast distances across the country seems lik...

Trattoria Mucci, the Uptown location of the popular Mucci's Italian restaurant in St. Paul, will close Jan. 29, owner Tim Niver announced today. The restaurant took the place of Niver's short-lived Meyvn on Lake Street in 2019. "It's not been easy, but it's been wonderful," Niver said of the closure on social media. Niver told the Pioneer Press tha...

St. Paul's Italian Festival plans to bring back its traditional format as the state lifts its capacity limits and the CDC issues new mask guidance. The festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets, is scheduled for Aug. 6-8. Organizers waited to make the announcement in order to confirm the availability of ten...

Erie News Now has spent the last week taking a look at plans for the region's big summer festivals, fairs and events to see how organizers plan to approach things this year. Our focus this time is on St. Paul's Italian Festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets. It's normally a colorful, noisy, vibrant socia...

Whenever I visit St. Paul, I tend to stop at Cossetta. They have the best selection of Italian cured meats in the state (I’m a sucker for Soppressata). The pastry shop is among the best in town. My family’s order at the eatery is predictable: a Cossetta salad, Italian sausage and peppers and/or meatball sub, mostaccioli, and a slice of pepperoni pi...

We are delighted to invite you to a special presentation of the upcoming 12th all-online edition of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul. On Saturday, February 6, from 6:00 to 6:45 P.M., Tiziana Cervesato, Festival Director, Tommaso Cammarano, Artistic Director, and Dr. Federico Pacchioni, co-author of Peter Bondanella’s A History of...

During a somewhat simpler time, before anyone stateside had uttered the words COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas commissioned world-renowned Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz to craft a bronze image of a famous philosopher — St. Thomas Aquinas, the St. Paul-based university’s namesake. There were only two initial requirements. Aquinas, an Itali...

DeGidio’s is an icon of the West 7th neighborhood, known and loved throughout St. Paul, but it was still surprising when a heartfelt Facebook post yesterday, went viral. The post was simply asking the restaurant’s fans to support businesses in the area. It has since been shared over 2,700 times and according to the DeGidio’s family, it’s been viewe...

You know that sometimes in these interviews I have the pleasure of knowing leaders of Italian and Italian American communities throughout the United States. Today my personal tour of America takes me to the North Star State, Minnesota, where I meet Sandra Gengler. Born and raised in Ancona, in the Marche region, she moved to the US to attend colleg...

A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony on Friday in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally weeks after the death of George Floyd. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is charged with criminal damage to property. Forcia, also a Twin Cities A...