NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Fiat Chrysler announced Thursday that it will up its investment in the United States and pay some of its employees special bonuses after the recent tax code overhaul. CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement that these announcements reflect the company's ongoing commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. He also cited the recently signed tax bill as...

Located in a tiny strip-mall on Memphis Avenue, Aldo's isn't the kind of restaurant that makes you stop and take notice from the outside. Step inside, and it's another story. The aromas and warm, welcoming atmosphere will instantly win you over. And that's before you even try Aldo's fantastic, wide-ranging Italian menu. Opened more than two decades...

I thought I’d move past all the new year hoopla by visiting someplace old that brazenly flaunts an old-school bent, too: Enrico’s Pizza & Restaurant. Here’s how old-school Enrico’s is: The only beer offered on tap is Bud Light, and it’s $8.50 a pitcher. Tucked away in the inevitable suburban strip mall, Enrico’s — which has been in the homemade pas...

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan, #1450 - Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Entrance : Free This series of three lectures looks at the history of representation in Italian art from the unrealistic organizations of space in medieval paintiing and the recovery of...

Accountant Lisa Perkins has stepped up to the presidency of the Calabresi in America Organization. A member for 18 years, she joined to re-establish ties to her Italian roots. “My Calabrese grandparents passed away several years ago, and the Italian experience was no longer a part of my life,” she explains. “Joining a group whose members share the...

In the Mahoning Valley, there’s a layer of fine coal dust that overlays Italian American history. To retrace the time when Italians first arrived, head north on Youngstown’s Belmont Avenue and you’ll soon find yourself on Route 193. In Liberty Township, not far from where the highway crosses Churchill Road, stood Church Hill and its coal camp. The...

Tireless community leader Jo Ann Serpico joined the ranks of the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia at a special ceremony at the Italian Consulate in Chicago on Dec. 11. The honor was bestowed by Consul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro on behalf of Italian President Sergio Mattarella. “My parents [Joseph R. and Ella (Cataldo) Salerno] were bor...

The Cook County Board marked the 25th anniversary of the Columbian Club Charitable Foundation with a special resolution on Dec. 12. Present were Columbian Club members (from left) Robert DiSilvestro Jr.; Carmen Forte Jr.; Leonard J. Maniscalco and Gabe Caporale; Commissioner Peter Silvestri; and Chairman Toni Preckwinkle. Maniscalco and fellow foun...

Chicago architect and city planner, Daniel “make no little plans” Burnham (1846-1912) was not a man to mince words. Although he liked young architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a disciple of Louis Sullivan (then considered an unorthodox figure in the profession), he had some advice about the success of the Beaux-Arts Classical architecture that dominated...

America has a love affair with pizza. That goes double for the Region, and being so close to Chicago, we have strong opinions on what constitutes a good pizza. New York style or Chicago? Sweet red sauce, or salty? There are as many different opinions as there are pizza places.  Albano’s Villa has been in the same family for over 50 years and a stap...

Presenting itself as the Disneyland of Italian food, or even as the Mecca of Italy’s gastronomy, Cantoro Market is indubitably a real landmark for clients looking for products from the Belpaese, as well as a symbiotic shopping experience with its own tradition. The Cantoro Market store in Plymouth, about 40 kilometers west of Detroit, has been insp...

My old friend, Tom Baldini, used to talk about it, especially in recent years late in the evening when we both realized we were getting older. “I’d crawl across the township on my knees,” he’d say, “to die on my feet and not from a stroke.” We’d agree and have a snort (Tom called it “a toddy for the body”) before he’d drive back home to Marquette f...