Step into the new Due Focacceria Italian eatery and market in St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood and it’s clear fresh baked flatbreads are the star of the show. It seems owner Eric Carrara, who runs the spot with his wife, Vanessa, is paying tribute to his roots. His mom is from Sicily and his dad is from the Tuscany region. On the menu,...

As I find my seat, somehow, I’ve been transported through space and time to an ancient amphitheater in the heart of Rome. The ceiling, gaping wide open and blue, ushers the breath of the earth into the structure and sends the music up to the sky. Crumbling brick walls loom over the courtyard on all sides. But this amphitheater is neither ancient no...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Saint Paul, 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. Mama's Pizza Topping the list is North End's Mama's Pizza, situated at 961 Rice St. Wit...

Il sindaco Gian Carlo Muzzarelli e l’assessora alle Relazioni internazionali Debora Ferrari hanno incontrato, lunedì 1 luglio, in Municipio la delegazione di studenti e insegnanti, guidata dal professor Eric Dregni della Concordia University, giunta a Modena in rappresentanza della città statunitense di Saint Paul, capitale dello Stato del Minnesot...

Looking for a yummy Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Saint Paul, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges. 1. Mama’s Pizza Topping the list is Mama’s Pizza. Located at 961 Rice St. in North End, the Italian and tra...

In 1973, a 21-year-old Jerry Carbone agreed to run his father’s small pizza shop after the manager was shown the door. Carbone quickly turned around the shop, which was at Smith Avenue and Curtice Street on St. Paul’s West Side. But he had worked long hours — every day. “It started making a profit,” Jerry recalled this week. “And then my dad found...

If you use your cell phone to post on social media about your perception that mining is hazardous to our air and water quality, and we need to promote wind energy instead, Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni will revel in the irony, just a little bit. “A windmill has 200 tons of steel in it and 4-9 tons of copper in it. It has a whole bunch of...

Eric and Vanessa Carrerra of i.e. Italian Eatery are expanding to Saint Paul’s Highland Park. The former Espresso Royal coffee shop is under construction and will re-open as a market and restaurant inspired by the mega-Italian market and restaurant complex Eataly. Unlike those hulking complexes in New York and Chicago, this spot, called Dué Focacce...

The owners behind Italian Eatery in Minneapolis plan to open another Italian restaurant in St. Paul. The restaurant, called Due (pronounced Due-eh) Focacceria, will take over a former Espresso Royale space at 475 Fairview Ave. South. Owners Eric Carrara and his wife, Vanessa live a couple blocks away from the site, and bought the building in 2017 w...

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see La Traviata at MN Opera. ICC members receive a 20% discount on tickets throughout the opera season. Meet Mirella Rossi Heimpel and the group in the Ordway lobby - 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 - at 6:15 pm and start at 6:30 pm with a fun and informative half-...