NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Lorain International Festival will hold an open house at the Lorain Learning Center of Lorain County Community College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 25, during the parade. Lorain County Community College has been chosen as the spotlight organization and will showcase the class offerings and services available in the city of Lorain. Attendees can...

The Honorary Consulate of Italy in Cleveland will be closed from June 20, 2017 to July 25, 2017. The Consular Correspondents Frank Mascoli in Canton and Biagio Parente in Cleveland (see link below) can certify the signatures of Ohio visa applicants on their applications during this period. Please contact the Consulate of Italy in Detroit for all ot...

Forty years ago, an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects came together in the Third Ward to celebrate Italian culture in what would become the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, this annual festival is known as Festa Italiana and this year marks its 40th Anniversary. The festival runs from July 21-23 at the Henry Maier Fes...

When a fundraiser returns after a two-year absence, organizers can only hope people haven’t forgotten about it. That certainly wasn’t the case with Taste of Italy, which recently made a triumphant return to the Bentley Banquet & Conference Center in Wyandotte. When the fundraiser for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children was last held at the bui...

So. Many. New. Restaurants. Here’s another one: Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar will open on Central St. in LoHi. Marcella’s, in case you couldn’t guess by the name, is an Italian restaurant, and it’s from Ohio-based restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, who also runs Ocean Prime. (Not to mention loads of other restaurants around the country...

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures presented awards to outstanding students in the Italian Language Program on April 25, 2017. Italian Consul in Detroit Dr. Maria Manca was in attendance to honor the students for their achievements. Faculty members James Michels, Dr. Raffaele DeBenedictis, and Irene Marletta...

Once again, it’s time to get your nostalgia on! The Annual Pullman Family Reunion Picnic is scheduled for Aug. 5. It’s time to come together to reminisce about Roseland’s good times. It’s another opportunity to visit with old friends that you haven’t seen since our beloved neighborhood went through major changes in the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout t...

Significant upgrades are in the works for the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St., an entity which has only seen minor renovations since opening in 1990. The improvements are taking place beginning this month, thanks to capital investments from both the ICC itself and the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, which assumed responsibility for the...

In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with Joe Turco, 57, who co-owns Turco's Italian Deli at 1523 North Aurora Road with wife Sherry, who worked for 30 years in the newspaper industry before helping his brother...

The Feast of Beato Giovanni Liccio will take place on July 30 at Casa Italia in Stone Park. The feast has its origins in Caccamo, Palermo, Sicilia. The event is sponsored by Società Beato Giovanni Liccio di Caccamo. Festivities include a noon Mass, followed by a procession with the Sicilian Band of Chicago and a family festival featuring food, live...

The Feast of Madonna del Carmine will take place on July 23 at Villa Scalabrini in Northlake. The event is sponsored by Società Maria SS. del Carmine. The feast has its origins in Noicattaro, Bari, Puglia. It features a 12:30 a.m. Mass followed by a procession and refreshments in Paterno Hall. A 4:30 p.m. dinner dance will be held at Alta Villa Ban...

Anthony Bourdain did wonders for the popularity of Pizzarium Bonci, the tiny and divey pizzeria in Rome with a cult following. Gabrielle Bonci showcased his genius three-ingredient pizzas on a 2011 episode of The Layover with Anthony Bourdain and Americans rushed to the unassuming spot to try Bonci’s inventive and simple three-ingredient pies. Ital...