Piazza Imo

On June 20, 2018, the Hill Piazza committee held a groundbreaking ceremony announcing the dream of a Piazza on “The Hill” is a reality.
The plan to build a beautiful Italian inspired piazza, in front of St. Ambrose Church has begun.

An area to provide a central gathering place; an outside space to educate our children and a contemplatively spot to rest, meditate and reflect.

Although we have the funding to initiate the construction of the Piazza, we must continue to raise funds to complete and maintain this new inspiration on the “Hill.”

There are exciting opportunities to consider for naming rights. A few examples are tree memorials, planters, wall fountains, and benches. If you are interested in purchasing a naming right, please contact Cathy Ruggeri-Rea at 314-304-2962 to review details


4 CHESS TABLES $25,000.00 each
2 WALL FOUNTAINS $25,000.00 each
1 ENCASED TELEVISION (informational/educational) $20,000.00
8 BENCHES $15,000.00 each
6 POLE LAMPS $10,000.00 each
8 LONDON PLAN TREES $10,000.00 each
22 PLANTERS $ 3,000.00 each


10 x 10 Panel (5 lines) $ 5,000.00
8 x 10 Panel (3 lines) $ 3,000.00
1 Lines of Print $ 1,000.00

Make checks payable to the Hill Piazza, Inc. and mail to 6801 Hoffman 63139 attention Cathy. The Hill Piazza, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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Winners of the 2018 Miss Italian Saint Louis pageant

By Christina Bartels  Source: Il Pensiero

The Miss Italian Saint Louis pageant
gives young Italian American women the
chance to be the spokesperson for their
generation. Miss Italian Saint Louis teaches
girls public speaking, interviewing, time
management and the Italian heritage. While
doing all this, the girls are having fun and
making friendships that will last a lifetime!

This year’s event was held Sept. 15,
2018 at Favazza’s on The Hill. Food and
drinks were provided, and families were
invited to support the girls as well.

Miss Italian Saint Louis is an
important tradition on The Hill that is vastly
underrated. Bringing back Miss Italian
Saint Louis to the community is something
that has been an honor to be a part of.
Miss Italian Saint Louis is a public figure
for young women to look up to and give
them a chance to get involved in a positive
organization. It is a way to add the younger
generations into the already established
organizations. This is critical to help carry
on these traditions that are already set in
place. This pageant gives young women
a chance to be confident in themselves by
using their title to show off our heritage with
confidence and poise to the Saint Louis

To be a part of Miss Italian Saint
Louis you need to fill out an application (this
year’s was found on Facebook-Miss Italian
Saint Louis) or also on www.hillstl.org. With
that, the girls were required to write a small
essay and attend required events. The day
of the pageant, the girls participated in an
interview process, an onstage question
(they received before hand to give time
to prepare) and also judged on general
poise. It is NOT a beauty pageant. It is a
scholarship pageant that combines life
skills with general poise and effort. After
the pageant, the girls were required to
attend a celebratory lunch. A recoginition
dinner will be held Sept. 29, where they will
receive their scholarship. And, they will be
in the Columbus Day parade. After that the
girls are free to use their title to help better
themselves and their community in any way
they choose! The judges this year were
Kathy Ferrara, Adrianne Caruso and Sergio
Ramos; MC, Scott Biondo; helpers, former
Miss Italian Saint Louis: Laura Beffa and
former Jr. Miss Italian Saint Louis: Juliana

Little Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 10-13
Winner: Brianna Garavaglia
Jr. Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 14-17
Winner: Ellsie Basola
Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 18-21
Winner: Jessica Santangelo

The following were scholarship donations:
Miss Italian Saint Louis is awarded the
Rose Anne Saracino scholarship ($500)

Jr Miss Italian Saint Louis is awarded the
Lena Vitale scholarship ($250)

Little Miss Italian is awarded the Angelina
Fabbio scholarship ($100)

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Rudolph Edward Torrini Dies at 95 years of age

Rudolph Edward Torrini
Born March 31, 1923 (age 95)
Died: September 5, 2018
St.Louis, Missouri

Education BFA, Washington University 1949; Fulbright Scholar, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze 1949; MFA, University of Notre Dame 1958

Known for Sculpture, Wood Carving, Drawing
Notable work Italian Immigrants, Martin Luther King, Union Soldier
Rudolph Edward Torrini (born March 31, 1923) is an American artist most known for his sculptures, wood carvings and bronze public monuments in the St. Louis area, including “The Immigrants”, “The Union Soldier,” and “Martin Luther King.” A student of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, his work is also influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin. Torrini trained and taught Bob Cassilly, founder of the City Museum in St. Louis, and also helped establish the Master of Fine Arts program in Fontbonne College.


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Ciao St Louis Annouces New Partner to Promote Italian Heritage

Ciao St Louis continues to find the best partnership to promote Italian Language and Culture in North America.  For those of us who can read Italian we suggest Grandanglore for up to date information and news that matters.

Ciao St Louis continua a trovare il miglior partenariato per promuovere la lingua e la cultura Italiana nel Nord America. Per quelli di noi che sanno leggere l’Italiano, consigliamo “Grandanglore” per informazione aggiornate e notizie importanti

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