NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The first meeting of the 2017 term of JCCIA officers was called to order at Trattoria Poretta. Over 70 people were in attendance, representing Italian organizations throughout Chicagoland. Among them were the Italian Chamber of Commerce, UNICO, ARSA, Italian American War Veteran, Italian American Executives of Transportation, Italian American Human...

Italian Bred, the hilarious and heartwarming one woman show announces shows in Los Angeles and Chicago for spring 2017. Written by and starring Candice Guardino, Italian Bred is based on true life events and told through the eyes of a little girl growing up Italian on Staten Island. Having written down everything her loving and outspoken grandmothe...

The Italian American Police Association honored a trio of worthy recipients at its 53rd annual dinner dance on Nov. 5 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. Accepting Man of the Year honors was attorney David Figlioli, co-founder and general partner at Morici, Figlioli & Associates. Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award was entertainment industry powe...

The Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA) awarded $211,046 to support organizations and programs in our region. NOIA, a philanthropic organization, is dedicated to supporting its communities and celebrating Italian American heritage. Ten organizations, including four local parishes, received funding from NOIA in 2016: Padua Franciscan$50...

Antoinette M. "Toni" Reynolds, 91, of Mansfield passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Toni was carried away by angels to the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ, all pain and suffering are gone now. Toni was born on Aug. 3, 1925 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late Peter and Elizabeth (Spazitto) Mennetti. Toni enjoyed a life career in the realty business. She...

Laura  Muzi nacque a Dennison, Ohio, il 18 agosto del 1914 da Andrea (1883-1975) ed Elvira Pelosi (1887 -1972). Entrambi i suoi genitori erano nati a Capitignano (AQ). I genitori di Laura giunsero ad “Ellis Island” nel 1910 dopo aver attraversato l’oceano sulla nave “Roma”. All’inizio Andrea Muzi lavorò nelle miniere e in seguito trovò un più conve...

Fazoli's, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Zionsville, Indiana, marking the company's 35th location in the state. Located at 6378 Crane Drive, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a first ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on March 6th, to be attended b...

Chicago is known for dishing out some of the best pizza pies in the country. From deep dish to thin sliced, Chicago knows no bounds in providing endless opportunities to enjoy the age-old Italian favorite. With such a buzz around pizza, the well-known restaurants serving up the slices are often crowded and standard – that’s why it’s important to fi...

Cari tutti, On behalf of the Officers and Directors of WisItalia I would like to invite you to the 2017 WisItalia Italian Language Program of the Year award event on April 2, 2017. We will be  honoring St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA) in Kenosha WI. At SJCA Italian is taught beginning in 7th grade through senior year of High School. AP Italian s...

The Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation will host its annual St. Joseph’s Table at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at Sunny’s restaurant. The public is invited. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Sunny’s and VJ Gautieri’s, from board members, or by calling (585) 734-9102. St. Joseph the Worker is the patron Saint of fathers, the dying and social...

The Italian American Human Relations Foundation will present special humanitarian awards to Ms. Joan Collaso and Monsignor Patrick Lagges. The presentation will take place on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Cucina Biagio, 7319 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL. Joan Collaso is an Emmy award winner and international vocalist. Her capacity to...

Italian recording artist Giada Valenti, who has performed on Broadway, will be live in the studios of PBS station WLVT-TV Channel 39 in Bethlehem at 7 p.m. March 13 during the airing of her concert special "From Venice With Love." Valenti will do live interviews during pledge breaks in the broadcast, which celebrates the 500th airing of her concert...