NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Fall is here, my favorite time of the year. It means brisk days on an orange, yellow and brown backdrop, butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin pie and apple cider. It also means the end of "festival season" for me. Onesti Entertainment is involved to varying degrees with many festivals, but there are three we produce from top to bottom. And by fall, we...

Igino A. Pettine nacque a Pescolanciano, oggi provincia di Isernia, il 4 gennaio del 1888. A soli diciotto anni decise di rincorrere il “sogno americano”. Giunse ad “Ellis Island”, nel 1906, a bordo della “Prinzess Irene”. Di vivace intelligenza e dotato di un notevole spirito di intraprendenza non impiegò molto ad ambientarsi negli Stati Uniti. Gi...

If you were to pick a current documentarian for the subject of a documentary, Gia Marie Amella would be a smart choice. Together with her partner, Giuseppe “Beppe” Mangione, she’s the force behind Modio Media, a production company that first came to the attention of the Italian-American community with the 2007 release of “And They Came to Chicago:...

It’s that time of the year when we pay tribute to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served our country through the centuries. Since Nov. 11, 1954, Veterans Day has been observed as a national holiday in America. Originally dubbed Armistice Day, it marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally came to a close at the 11...

“L'organizzatrice "chairwomen" della 66^ parata del "Columbus Day" di Chicago è stata la signora Mariann Gullo figlia di immigrati siciliani, con il suo tenace impegno è riuscita a coinvolgere 160 Associazioni a partecipare alla parata. Durante la cerimonia è stato ricordato anche il 45° anniversario dell'importante gemellaggio di Chicago con la ci...

An epoch has come to an end with the retirement of Josephine Petitti as executive director of the Midwest District of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. “It’s been a long and wonderful run, and it’s been an honor to serve,” says Petitti, who has more get-up-and-go at 90 than most folks do at half her age. A driving force for the local ISDA...

Five years ago, Italy-based Italpollina made plans to open a biostimulants plant in Anderson with plans to expand. Italpollina officials on Friday had the official grand opening of their $10 million production facility in Anderson. “I never thought five years ago we would start a company and be opening a plant in the U.S. market,” Luca Bonini, CEO...

Chef Avishar Barua places the flat, bronze disk he uses to extrude creste di galli (cock’s-comb-shaped) pasta, into my hand. The disk is warm from the heat of the kitchen where Barua makes his primo version of Johnny Marzetti, Columbus, Ohio’s signature dish. Barua’s Marzetti is a many-splendored thing: pasta dough using spent grain from the Middle...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association held its annual Hall of Fame dinner Oct. 13 at the Venetian Club. Nino Castronovo received the Special Recognition Award. GRIAA honored Castronovo’s Dress Shop, which was opened by Castronovo’s mother in 1937 and is still in operation today at 323 N. Main St. The GRIAA awarded the GRIAA Hall of Fame...

Carla Gambescia, author of the acclaimed compendium ”La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-Z,” will be in town this month for a whirlwind series of Italian-style trivia challenges. “These challenges have been a big hit across the country,” Gambescia explains. “People come away entertained and ultimately awed by...

Welcome to the “The Grid,” the Chicago Sun-Times’ in-depth look at Chicago neighborhoods. Today’s stop: Little Italy. Located four miles west of downtown Chicago, Little Italy was the first stop for many Italian immigrants arriving to the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Filled with family-owned shops, restaurants and churches, it was the h...

This step-by-step guide will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, that is, by descent. However, please note that the outcome of this guide is not a guarantee that you will be recognized as an Italian citizen and you will still need to submit a complete application. Also, note that in order to be re...