NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

“What a thrill it was to showcase Chicagoland with the publication of my debut romance On the Ropes, Windy City Nights prequel. I tried to capture everything I love about the area in this series – baseball, family, a strong military / veteran presence and of course Italians and our delicious cooking.” Dania has recently teamed up with Italian inter...

Despite Wisconsin being the traditional homeland of Harley-Davidson, there is a strong affection for machines of Italian origin in the region, as well. Doubters need only mark their calendar for the annual Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders Rally. The 34th Annual Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders Rally was held on August 3 to 5, 2018 at Lake Joy Campgroundnear...

Starbucks is opening the newest restaurant on Randolph Street, home to big-name chefs like Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. The coffee giant is bringing pizza al taglio and more to Chicago next week when it opens the second U.S. outlet of Princi, a bakery from Italy that arrived stateside earlier this summer in Seattle. A New York location will op...

Collinsville is celebrating its 35th Italian Fest this year and it’s launched its celebration with one of its most unusual exhibits yet, according to a press release. The show "ITALY: BEHIND THE SCENES" is open now through Oct. 7, at the Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main, in Collinsville. The photo exhibit takes visitors to places in Italy seldo...

Fortville is one of Midwest’s many tiny Main Street towns. Three square miles. Population 4,000. Famous for a giant statue of a pink elephant wearing horn-rimmed glasses and drinking a martini outside a liquor store. Not exactly the place you expect to go restaurant hopping. Simone and Elizabeth Lucarini see Fortville another way: a budding, easy-l...

CANTON Ownership has changed hands, but the Norcia Bakery recipes are intact, and it seems that everybody loves a pepperoni roll. John Norcia launched the Italian bakery in 1918 and it still is going strong after a century. The Norcia family immigrated from Italy early in the 20th century, bringing the original recipe for bread and hard rolls. Mike...

Benito’s Cafe in Novi plans to add gelato, sorbet, Italian beer and espresso to its menu after a bricks and mortar expansion this fall. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s been in the works for a while. If you go to an Italian cafe in Italy, they have liquor, espresso and you can get gelato, too. That’s what we’ve always tried to strive for with this co...

Sometimes, and often when it's least expected, you  stumble across a restaurant that just seems to radiate joy. There's that  frisson of buoyant anticipation as you walk in and an enveloping  happiness that accompanies you to whatever table happens to be open. It  doesn't matter which one, they all seem to be equally great. That  democratically dis...

Sandra Tornberg, the 2018 Columbus Day Woman of the Year, is a first generation Italian of Abruzzese descent.  She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Michigan.  She is married to Donald Tornberg and they have a daughter Samantha.  Sandra retired from GM after 30 years, having held positions in va...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce inductees and honorees for the 41st Annual Induction & Awards Gala to take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 3, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The program will be emceed by 2016 Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and New York Mets Radio Announcer Wayne Randazzo. The NIASHF...

Visitors could get all the delicious food they could eat at the Italian Fall Festa. The Italian festival kicked off it’s 41st year on Saturday and offered a range of authentic Italian dishes. Coordinator and cook at the Italian Fall Festa Mark Warner said despite the rain it’s heartwarming to see people still attending the event. “We are still goin...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council will host a ceremony in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Italian Heritage Month.   The ceremony includes honoring outstanding individuals and organizations within the Ita...