Chicago chef Matthias Merges' new restaurant, A10, located on the 1400 block of 53rd Street, is slated to open in mid-October, according to Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. The latest project by Merges — once the Chef de Cuisine at the now-closed upscale restaurant Charlie Trotter — is...

Chicago is ready to take Italian food to a whole new level.The long-awaited Eataly opened on Monday, bringing with it a wealth of delicious food and drinks that will make food-lovers swoon. The market, founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti in Italy, incorporates the influence of famous chefs Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich. In...

This we know: Italians and their ancestors claim crucial contributions in just about every classic art form. But the place of mosaics in Italian history is far lesser known to many art lovers. That’s why the Chicago Mosaic School in the city’s North Center neighborhood plays two vital roles: not just as a place to learn the craft, but also to pas...

The Società San Francesco di Paola together with the Calabresi In America Organization are again honoring the patron saint of Calabria, San Francesco di Paola, by inviting the entire Italian American Community to our 34th "Festa Della Famiglia" at Casa Italia on August 6th through the 9th, 2015. The weekend long festivities begin with a Triduo in...

The Comboni Mission Center will honor Jo Ann Serpico on Nov. 26 at Porretta's Banquets in Chicago. (708-354-1999). Jo Ann's prominence in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is a testament to her late father, Joseph R. Salerno. One of the founders of the Rosario D. Salerno Sons Funeral Homes, he was an early organizer of the Chicago-area It...

SME's Manufacturing Engineering Media and the Italian Trade Agency have partnered to produce Volume IX of its digital magazine — Machines Italia. This publication showcases machinery and technology that Italian providers can offer to North American manufacturers, ultimately helping these companies be more successful in the global marketplace. "Thr...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees and honorees for the XXXVII Annual Induction Ceremony and Celebration to take place on Saturday, November 15, at the InterContinental Chicago – Magnificent Mile.   The NIASHF Class of 2014 inductees include John Andretti, Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, Babe Parilli, S...

"AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song"By Mark RotellaFarrar, Straus & Giroux, 320 pages, $26.00   1947 was a splendid year for Italian Americans. For decades, Italian immigrants, especially those from the poorer southern regions, were feared, discriminated against, even lynched on occasion. Then suddenly the whole country was going...

United Airlines will fly nonstop between Chicago O'Hare and Rome next year, serving the route on a seasonal basis from May 16 through Sept. 23.   United's Chicago-Rome schedule will begin with five weekly flights before ramping up to daily service June 4. The schedule will then shift to six flights a week on Aug. 18 and continue though the r...

by Jan Parr   Sentimentalists, be warned. Cafe Spiaggia is not the place it used to be. Six weeks ago, chef/owner Tony Mantuano closed the restaurant at the top of North Michigan Avenue for a refresh of both menu and decor. Gone are the European-inspired checkerboard tile floors, the wainscotting, the burgundy banquettes, the colorful f...