NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Despite an unusually brutal cold that gripped Cleveland for a few days at the end of January forcing schools, universities and numerous prominent local institutions to close or cancel previously scheduled events, the Western Reserve Historical Society kept its door open on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to welcome a large group of participants to “To be or not...

The MSU Opera Theatre presents two comedic one-act operas to round out its 2018-2019 season. Gioacchino Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi will present hilarious stories of thwarted lovers and dysfunctional family affairs. La Scala di Seta tells the story of a young couple, married in secret, who see each other every n...

You have to hand it to Ron Onesti, the unabashedly proud Italian-American concert producer who operates the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The man’s got courage—and likely a steady stream of marinara running through his veins. At a time when eating carbs, in some circles, can be as perilous as a plate of blowfish, some might have fretted about anch...

When news arrived Feb. 16  that 80-year-old baker and self-taught artist Silvio Barile had died at his Redford Township home, the community he loved and fed for decades felt the loss deeply. For people like Bruce Marsalese, Silvio's death prompted nostalgic Facebook reflections about his bakery and pizzeria, which opened in 1960 and remained a Plym...

The Flowers of Italy Club will honor Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero at its annual dinner dance on March 30 at Villa Brunetti in Franklin Park. (630-688-3153). The following profile was provided by the organization. Having resided in Berwyn for fifty-eight years, Robert J. (Bob) Lovero has made public service an integral part of his life. Throughout thi...

The Italian-American Festival Foundation Inc. of Stark County has announced it will award $8,000 in college scholarships for the 2019 academic year. This is the 33rd consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $256,000 to Stark County graduates. Applicants must be of Italian-American heritage and a graduate from a Stark County...

Monday, March 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Italian Cultural Institute | 500 N Michigan Ave | Suite 1450 | Chicago IL. In honor of Jacopo Tintoretto’s 500th birthday, the American non-profit organization Save Venice funded the conservation treatment of nearly two-dozen paintings in Venice in 2018/19, by the celebrated master and his talented w...

EVEN as analysts are forecasting declines in vehicle sales in the United States this year and next, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles believes the time is still ripe for expansion. On Tuesday, the Italian-American carmaker said it planned to spend US$4.5 billion over the next three years to update several Detroit plants and retool an engine plant to make J...

The sign is up. The Italian flag is hanging outside. Goodfellas Pizzeria is ready to open its doors 11 a.m. Feb 28. This store will be the Kentucky-based chain’s seventh location and offers New York-style pizza for both day and late-night crowds. It is at 427 E. Kirkwood Ave.  Along with grab-and-go slices, they have 22-inch pies and a $6 lunch spe...

More than 50 years ago, Fausto Ferrari staked his claim in the American dream when he opened the Fausto Ferrari Barbershop on Garfield Place downtown. Now his grand-nephews, Tony and Austin Ferrari, are writing a new chapter in that story as their own family brand — The Ferrari Bros. — introduces the new coffee shop and wine bar Mom ‘N ‘Em to Camp...

Carmela Cataldo is straightforward about how she did at the Pizza Pizzazz. “I didn’t win,” she said. “I got fourth place.” But there’s more to the story. Cataldo, best known as “Carmie,” is 16 years old. She was the youngest of the 45 competitors. It was her first competition. She missed third place and a cash prize by a point (though the Cataldos...

Tuesday 3/26/2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Eataly Chicago - 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 Join us for special evening of fun: a Trivia Challenge for those who love Italy and its astonishing culture and cuisine. We welcome Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, a unique compendium of...