Back in the days when Readers sent their “Italian Connections” to me via “snail mail,” Signora Madeline C. of Utah wrote it was Fortunato Anselmo, a gentleman with “roots” in Calabria (province of Cosenza) that was responsible for establishing Columbus Day as a National Holiday after WWII. I remember Fortunato as a warm, congenial friend who was ve...

You're invited to enjoy Sunday Dinner with the community at Our Lady of Lourdes 90th Annual Community Spaghetti Dinner. The Parish, which traces its roots back to 1917 is relatively small, but successfully produces the annual community dinner that serves thousands of visitors each year. The dinner began in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression...

It’s safe to say that we’ve all “screamed for ice cream” at some point in our lives. But how could you not? Creamy and sweet flavors with every lick, followed by the occasional brain freeze when we forget to pace ourselves. The experience is unbeatable… Or is it? Born in Sicily during the 16th century, a groundbreaking dessert given the name ‘gelat...

What is the old-style? Italian What would a 21st-century shopping center look like with a festival? “Gateway obviously has a more modern feel, but we’re trying to recreate that atmosphere of a street fair,” says Nick Fuoco, organizer of Festa Italiana happening Saturday Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. “The booths...

Festa Italiana SLC of Salt Lake City, hosted by the Italian-American Civic League, returns to The Gateway Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th. From the organizers: “Every September, we welcome you and your entire family to enjoy the surroundings of beautiful downtown Salt Lake City while exploring the culture, entertainment and culinary di...

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant isn’t “fast food.” It’s an experience. The South Ogden restaurant, which opened in June, serves authentic dishes in a white-tablecloth ambiance. “We have customers here who want their food quick, but we can’t make it quick because we want to make sure it’s cooked right,” said Antonio Geminiani, one of the owners. “Our fo...

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art has acquired a new painting by Italian artist Luca Giordano via donation. Giordano’s “El Prendimiento de Cristo, The Arrest of Christ,” illustrates a scene from the New Testament where Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss while the two are surrounded by soldiers.  The painting went up for auction in Barcelona,...

So, here’s the thing: I spent a year and a half as a missionary living in Southern Italy, and that means I ate a lot of good food. Like, a lot. From street vendors, small shops and restaurants, but mainly in the homes of Italian families, eating homemade Italian meals. You tell yourself when you go to Italy that you won’t come back a pasta snob…but...

Baskonia forward Simone Fontecchio will be signing a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz to make his first-time jump to the NBA according to Eurodevotion. His three-year deal (until 2024) with the Basque club includes an NBA exit clause that expires in July. Fontecchio’s American representative confirmed the deal to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The...

Almost hidden away in a wooded neighborhood in the Southeast part of Salt Lake City is an Italian restaurant by the name of Tuscany. Rasmus Knudsen was an original pioneer of the area back in 1878. He had a flour mill which operated there for around thirty years. His son later established various businesses in the area including Knudsen's Inn.  The...