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The brew behind the O’Fallon Brewery X The Hill Collab by Courtney Kamm

With reviews like “light and crisp” and “awesome crushable golden ale,” this beer is sure to be a summer staple.

You’ll want to visit this mouthwatering restaurant by Courtney Kamm

photo courtesy of DiGregorio’s Italian Market on The Hill

O’Fallon Brewery launched a Golden Ale in collaboration with The Hill. Named after the historic neighborhood in St. Louis, the beer can be found on tap and in cans around town. The can reads, “Historic.Iconic. Steeped in tradition. There’s no place like The Hill. This beloved St. Louis neighborhood was built and supported by the families that live there still. What better way to celebrate them than sitting back with The Hill Golden Ale. We’ve brewed The Hill Golden Ale in the Kolsch style with three types of barley and two types of hops for a smooth taste and easy drinking broad appeal. And for every The Hill Golden Ale sold, a portion of the proceeds benefits The Hill’s nonprofit neighborhood association, Hill 2000. Grab one today and help us say, ‘Cheers to The Hill.’”

The owners of Peno Southern Italian Soul Food wanted to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is Southern Italy while keeping true to their Italian roots. With a menu full of rich spices including oregano, cumin, and fennel, the dishes definitely embody the “soul” of Southern Italy. Stop into Peno for a delicious meal or order takeout for delicious Italian soul food at home. The restaurant offers a variety of tasting menus, cooking classes, and other special events. Head to their website to check out their menu ( or find them on social media to keep in touch with everything they have going on (Instagram: @penosoulfoodstl).

Learn about the Feast of St. Rosalia by Courtney Kamm

The Feast of Saint Rosalia is a regional public holiday in Palermo, Italy on July 15 each year. The day honors the patron saint of the city, who is credited with saving the city from the plague in 1624. No other woman is so beloved as Palermo’s own Saint Rosalia and many

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visitors insist this is the most beautiful popular feast in all of Europe. Colorful festivities take place on the evening of July 14 when Saint Rosalia’s relics resting in a grand chariot are paraded from the Old Town to the Marina, culminating in a grand spectacle of fireworks. The most outstanding feature of the procession is the magnificent chariot. Shaped like a vessel, it houses the statue of the Santuzza (Little Saint). Each year a new chariot is constructed just for this momentous event. The following day (July 15) Saint Rosalia’s relics are carried all around and finally returned to the Cathedral to be blessed by the Archbishop of Palermo. Have you or someone you know visited Palermo during the Feast of St. Rosalia? We would love to hear about your experience! Email with all the details.

Furiends, listen up: dog courtesy and safety on The Hill by Courtney Kamm

Your furry friends want to explore The Hill too! Pets are more than welcome to accompany their owners throughout the historic neighborhood, but know that there are a few rules and regulations put into place to make sure you, your animals, and those around you stay safe: 1. Leash Up: Dogs are prohibited from Continued on page 5

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Special Edition at Salvatore’s

Salvatore’s Italian Grill; 4145 S Old Highway 94, St. Charles, MO; 8 p.m.


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Anthony Gandolfo

Historic Downtown Maplewood; 6-10 p.m.; more info at

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Italian Serenade

6:30-9:30 p.m.; $85; Dominic’s on The Hill ; call 314-865-0038 for more info or reservations

July 20

Whitaker Music Festival


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Four Seasons Concert Series

Big Band - Caduceus The Doctor’s Band; Piazza Imo on The Hill; gates open at 5:15 p.m.; concert starts at 6:15 p.m.; more info at or call 314-614-0557 for tickets

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July 30

Italian Open 49th Annual Children’s Charity Golf Tournament

Dinner/Auction at Union Station; more info at

Aug. 1

Italian Open 49th Annual Children’s Charity Golf Tournament

Golf tournament at The Legends Country Club in Eureka, MO; more info at

Aug. 16-17

Opera Nights - Diner’s Choice

7 p.m.; $85; Dominic’s on The Hill; call 314-865-0038 for more info or reservations




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Tennessee Williams & Italy

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Sept. 17

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Oct. 1

Four Seasons Concert Series

Italian Serenade - Nicholas Huff ; Piazza Imo on The Hill; gates open at 5:15 p.m.; concert starts at 6:15 p.m.; more info at or call 314-614-0557 for tickets

Oct. 8

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Oct. 9

Italian Heritage Parade and Festa

The Hill, St. Louis; noon; festival at Berra Park

Oct. 22

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Nov. 5

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Nov. 26

Four Seasons Concert Series

Christmas at the Piazza on The Hill - Gina Galati; gates open at 5:15 p.m.; concert starts at 6:15 p.m; more info at or call 314-614-0557 Please check events as they may have been canceled or postponed after publication

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Continued from page 1 freely wandering public spaces, so make sure once you leave your house you have your dog on a leash before heading into The Hill. 2. Keep it Clean: Always carry dog bags for dog waste if your furry friend has to relieve themselves somewhere in town. You are responsible for removing and disposing of any pet feces. 3. Be Good: Dog owners are responsible for their pet’s actions and must ensure that others in the community will not be injured by their animals. If you are unsure how your dog might respond to people or other animals, it might be a good idea to keep them at home until properly trained. The City’s Animal Care & Control Division is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of City residents and their animals and the enforcement of pet-related ordinances. Please call 314.657.1500 should you have any questions or concerns about pet safety, responsible pet ownership, or the enforcement of City ordinances.

This list will light up your life by Courtney Kamm

Grab your sparklers because we have a list of everything going on in St. Louis to celebrate America’s 246th Birthday this Fourth of July! 1. Fair St. Louis 2022 is a 3-day extravaganza kicking off on Saturday, July 2 at the Gateway Arch grounds, Kiener Plaza, and Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis. This is a great event for family members of any age and especially if you have friends or family visiting from out of town. 2. America’s Biggest Birthday Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, and will march through the streets of downtown. 3. Fireworks will be set off throughout the St. Louis area, but the display downtown is by far the largest in the region. A few other areas to watch fireworks include Frontier Park in St. Charles, Six Flags St. Louis, and Kirkwood Park, among others. Visit for more information on these events.

Are you or someone you know from Canada? by Courtney Kamm

The first day of the month, Friday, July 1, is also Canada Day. Always taking place on the first of July, Canada Day is the national day of Canada celebrating the anniversary of the Canadian confederation which occurred in 1867. Similar to the 4th of July, Canada Day is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, and more!

What to know about Eid al-Adha by Courtney Kamm

Over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. This holiday is the celebration of one central figure in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity — the prophet Abraham. Starting the morning of Saturday, July 9,

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and ending the evening of Sunday, July 10, here are five things you should know about this holiday: 1. Eid Mubarak is how you greet those celebrating the holiday. 2. The story behind Eid Mubarak appears both in the Torah and the Bible’s Old Testament. 3. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj. The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. 4. There’s a lot of food included in celebrations and the two main ingredients are lamb and goat. 5. Eid al-Adha is sometimes also called the Big Eid or Greater Eid.

Splashing and blasting into summer fun at White Water now thru September 5

Slip and slide into summer at White Water, a convincingly-tropical paradise in the middle of the famed vacation destination, Branson, Missouri. With lush foliage and colorful flowers, the 13acre adventure park boasts more than 2 million gallons of fun. White Water, a Silver Dollar City Attraction, is considered one of the Best Outdoor Water Park’s by USA Today/10Best. White Water features more than a dozen attractions open now through September 5, 2022. More information on planning a family getaway to the Ozark Mountains is at Adventure seekers looking for fullthrottle thrill, count down as the floor drops out from beneath them on KaPau Plummet, sending them freefalling four stories through a vertical plunge of slides and a spiraling loop - all at heart-pounding speed. For even more sky-high height, riders can take on Kalani Towers, soaring seven stories and featuring two different kinds of drop slides. One is a body slide, and the other, for the competitive at heart, is a 4-lane mat racing slide. Those looking to relax can float Aloha River, a highly immersive, winding waterway where stress-free raft riders travel through lazy turns, misting geysers and tropical fountains. For the littles, there’s Coconut Cove, an interactive island of small-scale adventure with water slides, blasters, hose jets, the ever-popular tipping buckets and more. For pampering and private space, cabanas are available to rent, ready with tables, chairs, ceiling fans, a television, personal locker, lounge chairs and tubes. For the most indulging experience, premium cabanas are available with a personal host dedicated to meal service. Fun food options include refreshing lemonades, iced coffee, smoothies and favorites like Hula Hula Tacos, Big Kahuna Pizza & BBQ and High Tide Hannah’s Island Café, all serving foods with a tropical flair. Extending the summer fun, the nighttime comes to life on Saturdays in July with White Water open until 10 p.m. from July 2-30, 2022. White Water is open until September 5, 2022. For more information visit

SATE presents Brontë Sister House Party: August 10-27, 2022, at The Chapel

To continue its Season of Party, SATE will produce Brontë Sister House Party by Courtney Bailey. The production will be directed by Keating and designed by SATE resident artists, Bess Moynihan and Liz Henning. It will run August 10-27, 2022, at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive, with performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. Originally commissioned by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival as part of the Confluence Writers Project 2021 cohort, Brontë Sister House Party will receive its world-premiere production by SATE. The Brontë sisters of Victorian literary fame (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) are trapped in a purgatorial time loop where they must throw a fabulous house party every night for eternity. Only when they reach The Point of Celebratory Reverence, the highest point of celebration that a party can achieve, will they be released. An absurd, feminist revisionist tribute to all the women artists who’ve created under pressure and still had it in them to throw a good party. Courtney Bailey is a St. Louis based writer, actor, and maker who is passionate about creating meaningful, culturally conscious work for the stage. Her artistic Continued on page 6

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Bree Maniscalco named as Cinema St. Louis’ new executive director The Cinema St. Louis (CSL) board of directors has named Bree Maniscalco as the organization’s new executive director. The nonprofit CSL presents a quartet of annual festivals — the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, QFest St. Louis, and Classic French Film Festival — and an array of film series, screenings, educational opportunities, and special events. “We are thrilled to have Bree Maniscalco take over as our new executive director,” says CSL board chair David Johnson. “Throughout this search process, Bree’s skill set, passion for Cinema St. Louis, and vision for the organization’s future really impressed us. She is deeply committed to the mission, and we are excited to see where she takes Cinema St. Louis.” “Cinema St. Louis has been a central figure in my love for St. Louis,” says Maniscalco. “Since my move from Salt Lake City, discovering an organization where I could access film and experience festivals with ease, and network with other film lovers, is what has kept me in this city. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to see where we can take the organization in the years to come.” Maniscalco has a 15-year history with CSL. Since January 2018, she has served as the organization’s development director, but her involvement with CSL began in 2007, when she first volunteered at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Maniscalco continued in that role through 2017, serving as a venue supervisor during most of those years. In conjunction with her postgraduate education at Washington University, she completed a thorough analysis of the strategic needs of CSL as her capstone project. She also served on the Cinema St. Louis board from 2014-17. Before joining CSL, Maniscalco filled development roles at Susan G. Komen Missouri, Gateway180 :: Homelessness Reversed, and the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). She also has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Maniscalco has a M.A. in nonprofit management from Washington University and a B.S. in psychology and human development/family studies from the University of Utah. Maniscalco officially takes over as executive director on July 1. She succeeds retiring ED Cliff Froehlich, who will continue his longtime relationship with CSL as a programming consultant.

Tasty reasons to bring European olives to the table



Have an olive day, every day, encourages Chef José Andrés

Whole, pitted, sliced, or stuffed with pepper, any way you enjoy them, European olives are essential to Mediterranean cuisine and cooking. With thousands of textures, flavors, and ways to enjoy them every day, when you put olives at your table, you are choosing a product with more than 2,000 years of European tradition. Renowned chef José Andrés has declared himself a lover of these olives, in their many forms, and has celebrated their delicious diversity at his Washington, DC restaurant Jaleo, where he has shared with attendees how to “have an olive day” with tasty messages and tips. The gathering has been promoted by the Interprofessional Organization of Table Olives (INTERACEITUNA), in collaboration with the European Union, entities that have invited food lovers to bring “Put Europe at your table. Have an Olive Day with Olives from Spain” to raise awareness of olives in American gastronomy. The information campaign on this foodstuff of European origin has also included promotional activities at the Mercado Little Spain in New York. The U.S. is the main market for olives produced in European Union, importing more than 293 million pounds in 2020, representing a value of more than $427 million dollars. More than 79% of the olives that Americans consumed that year came from countries integrated into the European Union. In fact, Spain, the country where chef José Andrés is from, is the world leader in both the production and export of table olives, with 20% of international production and 28% of global exports. “You can discover the world through food. Something so small as an olive can turn your day into a better one,” says José Andrés. “I mean, are you a person who thinks all olives are the same? Today, try manzanilla, tomorrow hojiblanca, the next day queen olives. Spicy, meaty, tangy. It’s the variety, the spice of life”. Due to its great versatility in the kitchen, European table olives can easily be integrated into infinite preparations, from savory breads and salads to main dishes, even enhancing sweet snacks like cookies and cakes, there is a wealth of ways to bring olives to your table with both classic and creative recipes. TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EUROPEAN OLIVES “Put Europe at your table. Have an Olive Day with Olives from Spain” was created to increase knowledge about the benefits of agricultural products; to inform about the benefits of consuming olives; and to increase awareness for European olives in a market as important as the United States where consumers seek more detailed information about nutrition, production and sustainability. European olives could also be found at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2022, the largest show in the USA dedicated Continued on page 8



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Continued from page 6 exclusively to specialty foods and beverages, and Mercado Little Spain in New York, with a Pop-Up Bar where could taste about the numerous and delicious varieties of “Olives from Spain”. About INTERACEITUNA INTERACEITUNA is the Interprofessional Organization of Table Olives recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment of Spain that brings together all the organizations that represent the sector, such as ASAJA, ASEMESA, COAG, Agrifood Cooperatives and UPA. It was created to implement different programs and activities of general interest, spread knowledge of the Spanish table olive and carry out research and development programs related to production techniques.

Casa Don Alfonso presents six course wine dinner with Vin Fraîche Wines

Join Casa Don Alfonso on Thursday, July 7, for a rare opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary selection of wines paired alongside the restaurant’s celebrated cuisine. Casa Don Alfonso sommelier Martin Penn Griffin has created a one-ofa-kind experience in collaboration with guest sommelier Michael Kennedy, to offer a selection of wines from Kennedy’s Vin Fraîche portfolio, as well as a few favorites from the restaurant’s collection. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to offer guests that chance to enjoy a sampling of wines that are extremely limited in production,” says Casa Don Alfonso’s general manager, Alen Tanovic. “Our culinary team has a fantastic evening in store for guests, with interactive components all designed to highlight these incredible wines.” In addition to the six-course menu and wine pairings, guests will receive several take-home specialty items to fondly remember this remarkable occasion. The dinner is $295 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and will be held in Casa Don Alfonso’s private dining room. The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. and limited space is available. To reserve, please email or call 314-719-1421. All dietary restrictions and allergies will be arranged in advance. Please peruse the menu below. A Warm Welcome Farmer’s Board Presentation Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta First Course Swordfish Carpaccio Eggplant & Zucchini Carpaccio (v) Component Semillon Second Course Gnocchi Zucchini with Burrata & Langoustine Gnocchi Zucchini with Burrata & tomato Concace (v) State of Mind Chardonnay Intermezzo Lemon Sorbetto with Don Alfonso Olive Oil

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Third Course Mezze Maniche with Octopus Ragu Mezze Maniche alla Siciliana (v) State of Mind Pinot Noir Fourth Course Lamb Supreme Roasted Cauliflower Supreme (v) La Caccia di San Giovanni & Component Cabernet Sauvignon A Fond Farewell Interactive Dessert Presentation Don Alfonso Limoncello, Don Alfonso Espresso Liqueur, `111 Assorted Amaro & Dessert Wine Selections ABOUT CASA DON ALFONSO | ST. LOUIS, MO From renowned Italian restaurateur Mario Iaccarino and The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis comes the first official United States venture, inspired by southern Italian landmark restaurant Don Alfonso 1890. As if being welcomed into the Iaccarino home, Casa Don Alfonso invites guests and their loved ones to share and create memories, while experiencing the flavors of Italy’s Sorrento Coast. A family with four generations in the hospitality industry, the Iaccarinos opened Don Alfonso 1890 in the heart of southern Italy’s Sant’ Agata, creating what is today an internationally recognized and beloved restaurant with iterations all over the world. The two Michelin star restaurateur brings his family’s flagship and passion for hospitality in a more relaxed setting to St. Louis with Casa Don Alfonso. His vision, inspired by the hills, waters, tastes, colors and philosophy of Italy, is found in every aspect of the guest experience. Mario’s brother, chef Ernesto Iaccarino, created the menu which features beloved southern Italian dishes that honor the family’s culinary heritage, while showcasing regional ingredients. The color palette, inspired by lavender fields in Sant’Agata, sets a romantic tone for the restaurant where the light purple motif is featured in the cascading wisteria chandelier, hand painted tile in the open kitchen, and even the servers’ uniforms. As a nod to the most iconic monument in St. Louis, arches and curves can be seen throughout the space, signifying a gateway from old to new. The focal points of Casa Don Alfonso invites diners’ eyes to dance through the interior, leading guests on a curated, visual experience like the twists and turns of the city’s converging rivers. Overall, the intimate, yet approachable, space acts as a canvas for the food it presents, evoking a sense of whimsy and possibility from guests’ first steps inside. ABOUT THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS | ST. LOUIS, MO With an unwavering commitment to service, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is widely recognized as the gold standard in hospitality. Already one of the city’s most luxurious destinations, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has elevated its experience with extensive renovations across the hotel. The Club Level, members-only Cigar Club, and a variety of meeting rooms now feature a fusion of contemporary and classic



styles, a reflection of the hotel’s location in downtown Clayton. The perfect backdrop for guests’ special events, The Solarium is a breathtaking garden terrace that draws its influence from thriving greenery and extravagant charm. Aside from the spacious guest rooms and its state-of-theart fitness and massage center, the iconic property is also home to Casa Don Alfonso, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that opened in early 2021. The Forbes Four Star/AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel is located in the heart of the business and shopping enclave of Clayton, just minutes from downtown and in close proximity to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. An upscale, highly-walkable neighborhood surrounded by beautifully-landscaped parks, Clayton is a charming oasis in the city that boasts more than 80 shops, restaurants, and boutiques within an easy stroll of the hotel. For more information on the 299-room The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, visit or call 1-800-241-3333 to reserve.

Celebrare l’italia a Dallas

Si e’ celebrata a Dallas in Texas per il 76mo anniversario della Repubblica Italiana, “l’Italian National Day”. Piu’ di 230 i partecipanti alla manifestazione, presenti il Console Generale d’Italia a Houston, il Console Onorario a Dallas, vari i Rappresentanti, del Parlamento, del CGIE e dei Comites,dello Stato del Texas, Autorita’ Locali e della Camera di Commercio Europea in America, il Vescovo di Dallas, e le Associazioni Italiane che operano in Texas. In un atmosfera vivace, caratterizzata da una vetrina spettacolare di prodotti Italiani rappresentata da Eataly, luogo dove si e’ svolta la celebrazione, gli Inni Nazionali eseguiti dalla giovane soprano Fresquez, hanno attirato con emozione l’attenzione di tutti. Alla guida del Comitato organizzatore dell’Italian National Day, Vincenzo Arcobelli, il quale ha voluto ringraziare tutte le Autorita’ presenti, gli sponsors, e tutti i partecipanti, sottolineando che lo Stato del Texas il 1 Giugno del 2011 con la delibera(HCR 144) congiunta della Casa dei Rappresentanti e del Senato, ha designato il 2 Giugno “ Italian National Heritage Day”.

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Chop up artichokes and add the ingredients and mix together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with your choice of cracker.



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1905 antique car once owned by August Busch, Sr., on display at Grant’s Farm through July 4

A historic automobile that was originally owned by August Busch, Sr., has made its way back to the Busch family home at Grant’s Farm for a brief stay. Visitors to Grant’s Farm can see the 1905 Fiat through July 4th. The five-seat touring car is one of only 20 made by the Italian carmaker that year, and is the only remaining one in the world. The car has had only six caretakers over 117 years, and experts say it is in excellent condition. The 60-horsepower vehicle is considered the world’s first “costno-object” elite automobile, with a price tag over $18,000, making it the world’s most expensive car at that time. It is said to be worth over $1 million today. Busch owned the car from 1905

until his death in 1934. The car features the original wood framing, floorboards, red leather seats, mohair floor mats, brass lighting, a wicker basket on the rear trunk rack, and red exterior. The paint color is significant as red was the national color reserved for American competitors at the Gordon Bennett Cup, a race that morphed into the first grand prix races held at Le Mans. The car is being shown at Grant’s Farm in its two-seater racing version, but has a five-seater touring body as well. The vehicle last made an appearance in St. Louis in 2014, when it was on display at the Museum of Transportation as part of the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri’s presentation at the St. Louis Auto Show. Guests are welcome to view the vehicle in the carriage house at the Bauernhof courtyard. “We’re thrilled to be able to invite the public to take a step back in time and view this iconic car that has such a unique history,” said Doug Stagner, president of Grant’s Farm. “It’s a great opportunity to experience up close the car that served the Busch family at that time.” Continued on page 12


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During Chef John Pisto’s visit to St. Louis in May, he shopped at DiGregorio’s on The Hill guided by Joe DeGregorio. Pisto is an American culinary arts chef and host of “Monterey’s Cooking,” a television program on AmericanLife (ALN) Network and Comcast Cable Network. He also owns The Whaling Station, a prime steak restaurant in Monterey County. You can purchase his cookbook, “Monterey’s Cookin’ Pisto Style: From Sicily to Monterey” on Amazon.

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THOMAS BOTZIOS– CONSOLE GENERALE Hours: (open to public) Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Onorario D’Italia/Honorary Vice Consul Joseph Colagiovanni Office: 314-275-0351 Mobile: 314-705-2413 VISTI/VISAS 312-995-5487 PASSAPORTI/DOCUMENTI VIAGGIO/ NAVIGAZIONE/ PASSPORTS/ TRAVEL DOCUMENTS 312-995-5485 AIRE/ 312-995-5485 ELETTORALE/ ELECTORAL 312-995-5485 STATO CIVILE E CITTADINANZA/ VITAL RECORDS AND CITIZENSHIP 312-995-5484 UFFICIO STUDENTI/CODICI FISCALI/ EQUIPOLLENZA TITOLI DI STUDIO/ COMMERCIALE/ STUDENT OFFICE/ FISCAL I.D./EQUIVALENCY OF DEGREES AND PROFESSIONAL TITLES/ COMMERCIAL 312-995-5486 NOTARILE/NOTARY 312-995-5483 UFFICIO SCUOLA/ EDUCATION OFFICE 312-995-5489 Italian Trade Agency 401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1720 Chicago, Illinois 60611 312-670-4360 Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo/ Italian Government Tourist Office 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2240, Chicago, IL 60611 312-644-0990

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1450 Chicago, IL 60611 phone: 312-822-9545 fax: 312-822-9622 Dott. Luca Di Vito, Director

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Visitors to Grant’s Farm can also see the Busch family’s collection of antique carriages, some of which date back to the 1840s. Grant’s Farm is open every day from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on weekends as part of its “Summer Nights” free concert series and special menu offerings. Admission to Grant’s Farm is free, and guests 21 and older can enjoy complimentary beer samples, courtesy of Anheuser-Busch, the premiere sponsor of Grant’s Farm. See the Grant’s Farm Facebook

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page for updates on menus and music for the summer months. Grant’s Farm is located at 7385 Grant Road in South St. Louis County. About Grant’s Farm The Busch family home since 1903, Grant’s Farm is located in St. Louis County, MO. Since 2021, five members of the Busch family — all descendants of August Sr. (“Gussie”) Busch — own and operate the property with the shared goal to keep this unique piece of family and national history intact for generations to come. Grant’s Farm is home to both the family residence and the preserved Hardscrabble cabin built by former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. The 281-acre property also is a refuge for more than 100 animal species, including the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. For more information about this iconic place where guests of all ages are invited to reconnect with nature, animals, history, as well as family and friends, visit

Kids Free Day Piazza Imo on The Hill June 25, 2022 photos by Il Colleen Dundon



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Adamo Amore is an online boutique, specializing in beautiful unique items for any day or any occasion. Many items offered help support local nonprofits and charitable foundations worldwide. Meagan Dunscombe, owner strives for “people helping people.” Visit the booth on July 2 at Wildwood Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon or visit to shop and learn more about their story.