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In their first move after closing Baffo, Eataly Chicago today will open a second pizza concept. It's called Pizza alla Pala, named after the wooden paddles the puffy central Italian pizzas are served on. The opening is described as a way to liven-up the second floor piazza and is expected to be the first in a series of moves.   No, they're a...

In its 100th year, the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has found ways to keep people coming back year after year. Even those who haven't lived in the city for decades, like Kelly L. Parody, said the Italian festival was a required stop. On Friday, the Florida resident lined up to buy a bag of sweetened fried dough, also known as a Fri...

In this episode we talk with Pat Harrison on the Italian-American values she received from her family, the unique leadership of Italian-American women, and Italian-American stereotypes. The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison is the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the leading funder of public...

Fifteen distinguished professional Italian Americans were honored with a Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence at the 15th Annual Reception and Ceremony on May 1, 2016, at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. The event was hosted by the Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin, Order Sons of Italy in America. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, the Hon. Antho...

Zach Pollack's new restaurant Cosa Buona is going to put fried cheese back in the spotlight. Even the worst mozzarella sticks are still pretty good. If you have at least one opposable thumb and a working knowledge of toaster ovens, you can turn a bag of freezer-aisle TGI Friday's cheese logs into a deeply soul satisfying plate of food.  ...

by Valerio Viale   Recently, at City Hall East, Press Conference Room, it was held a discussion among representatives from the Indigenous Community and the Italian-American one, in Los Angeles. The first motion, filed by L.A. Council member Mitch O'Farrel (who represents the 13th District of the City) in November 2015, aims at establish...

It has been a little more than a decade since I left the good old USA for the Italian life. Incredibly, I have been recognized as an Italian citizen for eight years now. I still distinctly remember the day that I received my Italian passport. It was one of the most memorable and emotional moments in my life.   Many of you have been asking me...

  WTI Magazine #83    2016 September 16Author : Italian Botanical Heritage      Translation by:   The Lama Balice Nature Park covers an area of 125 hectares and is on a typical carsic incision with a "U" shape, called "lame" (blade) (grooves carved out by running water of rivers and streams over time in limesto...

Some nights, New York seems like one giant Italian restaurant, with an infinite strand of pasta connecting everything and everybody. It's hard to get that vision out of your head if you spend a night at the just-opening Mamma Guidara's, the red sauce spot that's taking over every Sunday evening at the Nomad Bar in the Gramercy Park neighborhoo...

Howard Beach is no stranger to murder, but this latest slaying — on Aug. 2 — has the whole town talking. The victim was Karina Vetrano, 30, a self-described "thrillseeker" who wrote about her sex life and self-destructive tendencies in candid online journals.   Vetrano was beaten, strangled and raped with a foreign object during her lat...

By Ellie Routt   The Mother Lode Land Trust was established in 1990 by a coalition of ranchers, conservationists and other concerned citizens to preserve the landscape of California's Central Sierra Nevada. It was here that gold was discovered in 1849 and a state was born, fortunes made and lost, and the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada fo...

Mary LeVan has been on this planet as many years as there are keys on her piano, 88. Our interview took place at her home on Jackson Avenue in Hammond near the state line. I first met her at my book signing/reading earlier this month at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.   Married? "Twice," she said. "My first marriage en...