NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Comitato Tricolore Italiani nel Mondo will host its ninth annual Festa della Repubblica on June 3 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. The event celebrates the birth of the Italian republic and bears the distinction of being the only such celebration outside of Italy to feature a parade through the streets. Festivities will begin with a...

Back in the 1970s, Italian immigrants Enzo and Lina Cantalamessa opened a mom-and-pop pizza shop showcasing their Old World culinary skills. Fast forward decades later, and that humble eatery has grown into Enzo’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local gem serving first-rate Italian-American cuisine. “We pride ourselves on consistently serving quality food...

As Italians, our fast food might be pane e formaggio on the fly, but when is the last time you savored an al fresco feast in the great outdoors? Before summer escapes, take time now to plan a picnic with your cherished family and friends. One summer weekend every year, my family and I are lucky to be part of the annual PDG picnic. The PDG lodge ori...

Interested in sampling some new Italian spots in Chicago? You're in luck — we've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Italian food.  Sapori Antichi Bar Italiano (22 W. Ohio St., River North), First up is Sapori Antichi Bar Italiano, an Italian restaurant and bar...

Chicagoans are the most adventurous coffee lovers in the country, according to Italian coffeemaker Lavazza's inaugural U.S. Coffee Consumption Survey. They are more likely to sip coffee cocktails, slather their half-smokes with espresso barbecue sauce, or slurp a caffeinated chowder than coffee drinkers in New York, L.A., Dallas, and Boston. "Coffe...

Perry Mandera is someone who lives to be of service to others in need. That is why his very first job was the highest service that Americans can perform. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves right after he graduated from high school. This move led him toward the company that he runs today that he called “The Custom Cares Companies, Inc.” While...

The Italian Cultural Institute (500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450) will “Fare Cinema,” from May 22 to 29. The series will featurin screenings of three acclaimed films and appearances by their filmmakers and/or producers, including David di Donatello-award winning actor/director Luigi Lo Cascio, and a special event with costume designer Anna Lombar...

Negri Bossi North America is ditching its previously announced plans to construct a 36,000-square-foot building in Plymouth Township, Mich., for its new North American headquarters in favor of moving into a leased building in neighboring Canton, Mich. The Italian injection molding machinery maker, a subsidiary of Milan-based Negri Bossi SpA, said i...

The American Association of Teachers of Italian-Midwest hosted a symposium based on the current “Made in Italy” trend sweeping World Languages. With enrollments diminishing, programs closing, and the lack of teachers to replace retiring teachers and long-term leaves, we need to come together! It is important to begin to look towards the future and...

Saturday, July 14 - Freedom Hill County Park 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. We are looking for four Italian American idols! The four contestant age groups are: Up to 8 years; 9 to 12 years; 13 to 17 years; 18 and over. To enter the contest, please send a clear video, YouTube link or MP3 of either an Italian s...

In search of a new favorite Italian spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian restaurants around Detroit, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs. 1. Ottava Via: Topping the list is Ottava Via, a Corktown restaurant serving freshly made pizza, pasta and other Italian fare....

The secret, says Chris Bartolini, is sugar. “We put sugar in our ricotta,” he says. “Everybody thinks it’s in the sauce, but it’s really in the cheese.” Chris and Dominic Bartolini, whose Midlothian restaurant was made famous by its 10-pound meatball sandwich and annual meatball-eating contest, are really sweet on nostalgia and Mama’s lasagna. “Foo...