NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

In the two decades since its founding, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization has created a remarkable legacy of giving. Each year, the group provides hundreds of needy families with full Thanksgiving meals, presents tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to college-bound students and bestows tens of thousands of dollars mor...

Tony Noto and Santina Noto, who own and operate Noto’s Old World Italian Dining in Cascade Township with their family, last month opened Noto’s at the Bil-Mar in Grand Haven, at 1223 S. Harbor Dr. Howard Meyer sold the former Bil-Mar Restaurant, a lakeshore eatery since 1952, to the Notos in 2017, who demolished the building and built a “new upbeat...

Ring Road will now officially be called Calabria Way. The Kenosha City Council voted Monday evening to rename the roadway connecting the eastern-most ends of 56th and 54th streets. The change was recommended by several aldermen as a way to recognize’s Kenosha’s Italian heritage.  According to the resolution, principally sponsored by Ald. David Bogd...

A massive feast is underway in Mishawaka to honor St. Joseph. St. Monica's Catholic Church is hosting two dinners to feed the community. The church expected hundreds of people to come grab a plate. So many people they needed two different dinners to fit everyone. With that many people, it took a lot of cooking. People joke that Italians cook enough...

Dreaming of Italy? Dreaming of spring? If a trip overseas isn’t in your near future, you have three opportunities this week to experience a little bit of Italy here in the Gem City as we usher in the beginning of spring. 1. The Italian Happy Hour at Meadowlark. Learn how to make some of the best Italian cocktails with Meadowlark Bar Manager Nik Hu...

Planning a trip to Italy this year? Perhaps just daydreaming of walking the reconstruction of Pompeii, boating along the Amalfi coast, or strolling the historic, picturesque, and somewhat chaotic streets of Rome?  How will you spend your time to experience the most Italian culture? Will you be able to communicate with shopkeepers, read the bus and...

Dr. Katina Spadoni will ascend to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society on April 23 at Gene & Georgetti’s in Chicago. Dr. Spadoni and her sister, Rosella, are founding dentists at South Barrington Dental. She received her bachelor’s of science in biology cum laude in 1984 from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her graduate stu...

Italia Gardens is planning to break ground on its newest location in Grand Blanc next week.The chain of Italian restaurants in Mid-Michigan will build its fourth location on the southeast corner of Grand Blanc Road and Davis Street next to Grand Blanc City Hall. The new restaurant was announced in May 2018. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 5:30 p.m....

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic, and Casa Italia, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Pompeii are playing their parts from Palm Sunday (April 14) to Easter Sunday (April 21). CASA ITALIA (Stone Park) will celebrate Mass at noon on Palm Sunday; Mass and the traditional washing of the feet at 7...

The morning after their family's South Chicago pizzeria burned down, Len and Lena Ciannamea went back to visit. As they surveyed the charred remains of Capri’s on Commercial, longtime customers slowed down in their cars and snapped pictures. Social media flooded with messages hailing the restaurant, first opened in 1955, as a staple of their lives....

Billed as an Italian coffee bar, the family-run place started as a food truck and opened its brick-and-mortar location last year in a former bank building along the busy stretch of W. Market Street. There's a lot of pride here, as the great-grandparents of the founders came to Akron from Favara (Sicily), Italy, in 1913. Family photos hang throughou...

The saying, “What goes around comes around,” is almost apropos in this case … Although it does have much to do with the re-opening of a closed West Bloomfield restaurant that at one time was considered among the better small Italian eating spots in this region … And it seems to have regained the lofty Italian dining note it once enjoyed. After four...