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Festa Italiana celebrated its 40th anniversary of spreading Italian culture to Milwaukee. It’s the oldest ethnic festival in a city that glories in them, and the largest Italian event of its kind in America. Festival goers were greeted by a replica of the statue of David as they made their way to the many food, gift, and wine vendors. They could ta...

The organizers behind Italian Fest could use a few extra hands. The festival, set for Aug. 12 in downtown Iron Mountain, has put out a call for volunteers to work the event. Those willing can choose from three shifts and eight stations. Sign-up can be done online at the Italian Fest web site at https://www.downtownironmountain.com/italian-fest

First, it was daughter Gina with her West Loop spot Mad Social, and now another apple lands close to the tree as Anthony Stefani, son of storied restaurateur Phil Stefani, prepares to launch his first restaurant. It’s still in its preliminary stages, but expect pizza and a bustling new concept at 605 North Wells Street in River North. Though he spe...

From pastries to pasta and pizza, Italian food was the focus of the Italian-American Festival at Lock 3 Park, which took place July 13-15. Those who attended the annual event could walk through a midway of booths and trailers offering a range of Italian specialties and other festival favorites. Shown at right is the Corbo’s Bakery booth as an emplo...

The 35th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday at the McLure Hotel in Wheeling as nearly 200 festival supporters gathered for a dinner to honor the 2017 Italian-American of the Year, former Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile. Gentile was introduced by former U.S. Rep. Zack Space, who is currently running as a Demo...

Gabriele Bonci, the esteemed Roman pizza maker, has set a target date for the opening of his upcoming West Loop pizzeria."I will be in Chicago on August 15 for the opening of my new pizzeria,” Bonci wrote in a Facebook message (in Italian, in response to my questions written in Google-translated Italian). This will be his second trip in quick succe...

“Alton is hungry for good things.” Alton’s Dee Gehrs made this statement recently, and she and her husband, Steve, have just added their new restaurant to the list of options where diners can quench their appetites. Nicky G’s Italian Eats, 1801 State St., is in a century-old building that once housed establishments such as Velloff’s Power Equipment...

After establishing several markets across the Midwest and in Texas, Columbus-based Piada will open its 44th store in Grove City, off Stringtown Road. It’s a move they’ve planned since opening their fourth restaurant, and it’s part of Piada’s grander business plan to build out the markets they’ve broken into over the last seven years. “We’ve always...

The University Club of Milwaukee today announced that it has named David Magnasco as culinary director. In his new role, Magnasco will oversee all culinary operations at both the City and Country Club. Magnasco joins the University Club with more than 27 years of professional culinary experience working in restaurants and private clubs throughout t...

TINY KING AND QUEEN: The Warren Italian American Festival is seeking entrants for the Tiny King and Queen pageant for ages 4 to 7. Entrance forms are available at www.warrenitalianfestival.com and must be postmarked by Tuesday. For more information, call Karen at 330-501-6381.

A virtual shrine of framed photographs graces a wall in DeArini’s Tavern & Grill. Among the honored in this little Hall of Fame are long-faded, once-popular Columbus establishments such as Zachariah’s Red Eye Saloon, the Jai Lai and the Olentangy Inn diner. Despite its sequestered location in a shopping mall on Henderson Road, DeArini’s — an endear...

You weren't going to go to Festa Italiana and not take in the food, were you? Local and national chefs will take the Cucina Showcase stage when the festival returns this weekend  at the lakefront. Rossella Rago of the web show “Cooking with Nonna” will appear at 6 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 p.m. Sunday; California chef Richard Lombardi will demonstrate...