NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

In their first move after closing Baffo, Eataly Chicago today will open a second pizza concept. It's called Pizza alla Pala, named after the wooden paddles the puffy central Italian pizzas are served on. The opening is described as a way to liven-up the second floor piazza and is expected to be the first in a series of moves.   No, they're a...

Fifteen distinguished professional Italian Americans were honored with a Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence at the 15th Annual Reception and Ceremony on May 1, 2016, at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. The event was hosted by the Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin, Order Sons of Italy in America. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, the Hon. Antho...

Mary LeVan has been on this planet as many years as there are keys on her piano, 88. Our interview took place at her home on Jackson Avenue in Hammond near the state line. I first met her at my book signing/reading earlier this month at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.   Married? "Twice," she said. "My first marriage en...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan under the auspices of the Italian Consulate in Detroit presents Tommaso JUGLARIS. An Exhibition Celebrating an Immigrant Artist and the Michigan Capitol's Crowning Art Works.  In Celebration of the year of Italian Culture in the United States The Juglaris exhibition will be on display at the l...

No need to board a plane for Italy's Venezia: Italia in Ohio is bringing Carnevale to Columbus on Sunday March 2, 2014.   Carnevale, the Italian pre-Lent festival of food and frivolity, is a tradition dating back a millennium and includes parties, music, exquisite Venetian cooking, and above all the masked balls. This year the Refectory Rest...

by Victoria Johnson   You know it's spring when Miko's is open. The popular Italian ice stand in Logan Square will open Thursday afternoon while the Bucktown location will open Friday.   Both Miko's Italian Ice locations close for the winter each year and then re-open when the weather warms up a bit, making it a sort of unofficia...

You've got a look a little harder to find Nonna's, tucked into the back of the big and flashy Formento's on West Randolph, but the search is worth it. "I grew up in New York suburbs going to a lot of old school Jewish delis and a lot of great just Italian neighborhood delis, and I wanted to bring a lot of those ideas to the table here. But do...

by Sandra Tornberg   The Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan held its Festa Abruzzese on Sunday, September 20. Wayne State University Professors Elena Past and Silvia Giorgini-Althoen and a group of their Italian students joined FADM members and friends for a great afternoon. In addition, Consul of Italy in Detroit Dr. Maria Luisa Lapresa mad...

Lou Storino was elected president of the Illinois Water Environment Association for the 2015-2016 year.   A principal civil engineer in the Collection Facilities/TARP section of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Storino is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois and has worked at the district f...

By Janet Podolak   Loretta Paganini grew up in Bologna, considered by many to be the breadbasket of Italy. In the north of the boot-shaped country, its rolling farmland has many crops and is the home for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic vinegar and many other products known the world over.   Paganini's mother was a longtime profes...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest invites you to attend a Gala Dinner honoring Stefano Pessina - CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Ornella Barra - President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail, Walgreens Boots Alliance. See the bios of Mr. Pessina and Mrs. Barra   Mond...

In north suburban Highwood, there's a new place downtown near the train station which is attracting a loyal clientele due, in part, to their commitment to making everything from scratch. It's a good thing the pasta machine works well at Ballaro, because nearly every table has a plate of one of the restaurant's three or four daily options. &nb...