American-Italian Heritage Center Rising

La Festa Italiana is on the move. It will be outside a newly constructed American-Italian Heritage Center at 132nd and Fort this year.

The center called Il Palazzo will be a little piece of Italy in northwest Omaha. It will have a banquet hall and members can take courses on Italian music, language, history, and cooking.

It's on schedule to be completed by August.

Members say they are anxious to finally have a new home.

Dr. Terry Bolamperti, the American Italian Heritage Society president, said, "We're very, very excited, anxious that we're getting so close when we've been looking at pictures of this for years but now we can actually look and see the portico with the arches there."

Three weddings have already been booked at the center for next fall.

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