NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Frommeyer kids – one girl, five boys – loved Sundays when they were growing up. That was the day for dinner at their grandparents, the Bonavitas, who lived on the West Side. "You'd have to make a couple of stops up and down the street first," said Matt Frommeyer. "We'd get something at Uncle Lou's and Uncle Joe's and then stop at Aunt Annie's,...

A new fast casual restaurant focused on all-things polenta has opened on Lake Street in the West Loop. Milan natives Emile Chalouhi and chef Camillo Villa opened The Polenta Bar at 1002 W. Lake St. last week. Chalouhi and Villa moved to Chicago from Italy to open the restaurant this year.  While American Italian cooking often focuses on pasta dishe...

When: March 27th, 5pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 Event is free and will be held in Italian for Italian language students and teachers. Accademia Italiana (Salerno) presents a thematic seminar on learning Southern Italian Culture. Participants experience the History, Art, Music, Theater, Ceramics, Cuisine...

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals is pleased to present our 23rd event on March 10, 2017. This event will feature Italian food, wine, networking and 2 Italian operas written by one of the greatest Italian composers, Puccini. The event will start out at Pazzo's on Jackson from 5pm to 7pm and then we will move to the DePaul Reskin Theate...

Fashion students at Kent State have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fashion capitals of the world, while also pursuing their degree through education abroad programs in New York City and Florence, Italy. Cooper Robar, a sophomore fashion design major, said he decided to study in Florence during the Fall 2017 term because of the city’s...

The owners of Ferrante’s Restaurant in Mequon credit their success to family recipes from Rome that have remained unchanged for 40 years. "If you would have told me I will be serving my Italian-American fare in 2017 when I opened in 1977, I may not have believed you,” said Amy Ferrante-Gollwitzer, owner of Ferrante’s Restaurant and Signature Cateri...

A second generation of Arlington Heights restaurant royalty has set up shop in an aging strip mall and is serving well-crafted, familiar Italian fare in a family-friendly atmosphere under the name Via Arenella. Franco Longobardi watched his parents, Mario and Rosa, work in the restaurant business his whole life. He watched them spend long nights on...

Hometown Media Productions is proud to announce today that our documentary feature film Breaking Balls has been selected to screen at the 41st annual Cleveland International Film Festival (www.clevelandfilm.org), running from March 29 to April 9, 2017 at the beautiful Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Breaking Balls is the story of t...

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Where: Navy Pier's Crystal Garden, 700 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Free and open to the public. For more information visit navypier.com/neighborhoods-world  Join us at Navy Pier's Crystal Garden for the annual celebration of Chicago's diverse communities. Over the course of seven weeks (F...

Join us for this special Caffè & Cultura by Laura Motta. Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:30. 630 N Old Woodward Ave – Suite 102 (Lower level in the back of the building) - Birmingham, MI 48009. Reservation preferred at: info@dantemichigan.org Many of the Italian traditional ingredients can be tracked back to prehistoric time, since the first domesticate...

A fire that ravaged the Italian restaurant PASTAriffic in the early morning hours Thursday caused damages estimated at $1.25 million, according to a Kokomo Fire Department report, and the building is being considered a total loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined, said Fire Chief Nick Glover, adding that the KFD is i...

Augie Morelli built a thriving restaurant business on ripe tomatoes, mortadella, capicola, salami, provolone cheese and Turano bread — delivered fresh, twice daily — and a vinegar-and-oil dressing he dubbed “Love Potion No. 9.” He paid attention to details. When he opened Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli in West Chicago, he felt the homemade Italian...