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Detroit will show off movies from Italy during annual the Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit April 5-30, featuring award-winning films and promising new talent. Part of a nationwide festival, there will be 13 screenings, with 11 films making local premieres. There will also be a new short film program featuring seven titles from which the a...

The Cleveland Orchestra was in prime form for the final season program of the ensemble’s Miami residency Friday night at the Arsht Center. With music director Franz Welser-Möst on the podium, the Italian-themed program featured one of the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire, a glittering orchestral showpiece and some balletic potboilers. Mende...

Nicky G’s Italian Eats has created excitement in the Alton area since it was first announced. Steve and Dee Gehrs have taken the old Veloff Power Equipment Repair building at 1801 State St. and are making it into what will be a showcase for the Riverbend, so the excitement is real. Soon, Nicky G’s will be hiring and open in the location. Dee Gehrs...

Occupying an unassuming building, you could easily drive by Vince’s Pizza thinking it was yet another pizza joint. But you’d be missing out. Vince’s serves more than pizza, with an extensive “Vince’s Dinners” page that caught our eye. We are always up for ethnic food, and we had heard the chef was from Italy, so we thought we’d give Vince’s a try....

These are hectic days for Lauren Carlini, living with one foot in her former life and one stepping toward her future. Carlini, who completed her storied University of Wisconsin volleyball career in December, still is a regular around the UW Field House. Three days a week she arrives at 6:15 a.m. for workouts with her former teammates. She’s also ca...

There's been a transformation on one of the city's main streets. A former Taco Bell at 1331 Washington Road is now Vito's Italian Restaurant, owned and operated by the Conigliaro family from Sicily. Vito Conigliaro, 27, is the owner. There's no doubt the 2,700-square-foot building is no longer the home of the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Suprem...

Two of Michigan’s biggest culinary exports are Little Cesars and Jet’s, so it’s understandable if your neighborhood Hot-N-Ready purveyor is what pops to mind when someone says “pizzeria.” But that’s what passes for an American pizzeria. Those that you’ll find in northern Italy — of which the soon-to-open La Lanterna in downtown Detroit’s Capitol Pa...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Robert Orsi, who is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. Robert discusses what inspired him to write his book, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem. He expands on the experiences of immigration an...

When: April 6th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 The rise of Italian Fashion since 1945 has been impressive and incredibly fast! Today Milan is one of the top 4 players in the world of fashion together with Paris, London and New York. Fashion designers like Armani, Valentino, Pucci, Versace, Gucci, Prada...

The act of shooting an oyster and downing a shot are superficially similar—both often end with an overturned vessel on the bar. But where the latter can be sipped or lingered over, if desired, eating an oyster is inevitably a fleeting affair. At Chicago’s Sink|Swim, the seafood-centric restaurant from Scofflaw Group, however, the short-lived ritual...

The Women's Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is offering scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to young ladies of Italian heritage, who are graduating at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship award will be presented on April 26 at the scholarship benefit fashion show and dinner to be held at the Drury Lane O...

Italian food means a lot more than spaghetti and meatballs these days, but sometimes the basics, in an old school red sauce joint, are all we want. They’re the places that originally made Italian food popular in this country – authenticity aside. That’s why we want to tell you about some of Chicago’s best old school Italian joints – the kind of pla...