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Mike Andino is a Glenview native who works as a chef at Gusto Italiano restaurant. After graduating from Glenbrook South High School in 2001, he attended Kendall College culinary school in Evanston. Italian food is in his blood, he said, because his mother is from Italy.   Why did you want to be a chef? "I just love being creative and gettin...

By Becky Krystal   To say the opening of the second Italian Store in Arlington was highly anticipated would be something of an understatement.   Interest in the Westover location was so intense, manager Mike Tramonte had to hire someone to wipe down the front window every day because of all the people pressed up against the glass look...

by Joanna Fantozzi The Olive Garden food truck, which features the casual Italian-American chain's new breadstick sandwiches, is hitting the road, as we reported last week. The truck is coming to Boston's North End — Beantown's Italian neighborhood — and the area's Italian restaurateurs are none too happy about their new mobile neighbors. "There...

By Mark Zaretsky If you ask Cara Ann Cama's mother, Cynthia, she'll tell you her daughter has always wanted to give back, ever since she was a little girl growing up on Third Avenue. But as a contestant in the 2015 Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant, Cara Ann Cama, 23 — currently in her last year of eligibility for the pageants that feed in...

On a recent weekend afternoon, Jeremy Mustakas flitted between working the barista station and helping scoop ice cream for local Crown Heights families. Earlier this month, the Brooklyn-raised, bespectacled business owner opened Elsie's Parlor (667 Classon Avenue, 718-717-8654) in the space that once held Crosby Coffee, which he also owned.  ...

Sunday July 26th - 3 PM - Holy Rosary Church - 911 Missouri Ave, Kansas City 64106. Ciao paesani! We have scheduled our next meeting for Sunday, July 26th. This will be a combination of a meeting and our club's three year anniversary!   We will be discussing plans for the upcoming year, the book project, and we will talk about...

The Sons & Daughters of Italy will present the Columbia-Greene County Italian Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 in Hudson. Admission and parking are free. The festival will feature live entertainment with Johnny Cassera of the Route 66 Band performing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Food vendors will offer cannoli, fried doug...

By Whitney Hill   The Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Strand Lodge 2868 and the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting "An Evening with Aaron Caruso" on September 19th to benefit the Special Olympics.   Aaron Caruso studied voice in Italy and New York and toured with Joan Rivers as her opening act across the United S...

By Brady Smith Bocce is widely considered to be the one of the world's oldest sports. The origins of the game can be traced back to ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics on tomb walls depicted the Egyptians tossing rocks at a target. According to historians, the game evolved from using polished stones to throwing the rounded balls that are used in today's...

The University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is hosting La Notte Italiana benefit dinner on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Security National Bank Community Room, 101st and Pacific Streets. Authentic Italian cuisine donated by some of Omaha's family-owned Italian restaurants will be featured. The event also...

For the first time the IACC is collaborating with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Italy for the project called Signa Maris, aimed to promote cultural and natural offerings of the Southern Italy via its ports, particularly those ports in the Regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia (Apulia) and Sicilia (Sicily).   The project Si...

Dal 19 al 24 ottobre si tiene in tutto il mondo la XV edizione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana, appuntamento annuale e centrale della promozione linguistica dell'italiano all'estero. L'iniziativa è organizzata in collaborazione tra il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, l'Accademia della Crusca e la Confede...