Three Midwestern luminaries were knighted by Italian Consul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro at a special ceremony on Dec. 12. Chicago-area activist Lissa Druss and Milwaukee stalwart Pietro Tarantino earned the rank of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia and longtime Loyola University language instructor Anna Clara Ionta ascended to the higher...

Oftentimes, Italian or Italian American associations at the center of a community in one of the many American cities are led by exceptional Italian American men or women who have gained over the years the experience necessary to preside over a community that recognizes itself in loving and celebrating Italy. They are sometimes white-haired leaders...

It was a rare opportunity for one Milwaukee school -- and it came with a big reward. "This is the official visit, first official visit in Wisconsin -- and I'm very happy to be here," said Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Italian consul general. Finocchiaro is based in Chicago -- and on Monday, Dec. 10, he traveled to Milwaukee's Italian Immersion School. "It...

“La scorsa settimana, continuando i miei incontri con le Comunità italiane in USA, ho partecipato alla Festa di Santa Fara, organizzata dalla Società Santa Fara di Cinisi (Chicago). Si tratta del 37esimo Anniversario della Festa, dove erano presenti oltre 300 persone”. Lo ha riferito l’on. Fucsia Nissoli, deputata di Forza Italia eletta nel Nord e...

We had the honor of attending to the Conference of Italian Consuls in the World, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There we were able to see and greet the Consuls General in New York (Francesco Genuardi), Chicago (Giuseppe Finocchiaro), San Francisco (Lorenzo Ortona) and Los Angeles (Antonio Verde), and meet the new ones we had not yet had t...

“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...

La Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis, Club Italiano Per Piacere, the St Louis-Bologna Sister Cities Organization, the Vice-Consolate of Italy in St Louis with Giuseppe Colagiovanni, the World Trade Center - St Louis, the St Louis Economic Development Council, the St Louis Mosaic Project, CTIM Tricolore and COMITES are very proud to welcome Consul...

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville non-credit Italian instructor, Barbara Klein, has received one of the Italian Government’s highest honors, the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, for her work as president and founder of the Italian Film Festival USA, the largest festival dedicated to Italian film in the U.S. “When I began a series o...

Tireless community leader Jo Ann Serpico joined the ranks of the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia at a special ceremony at the Italian Consulate in Chicago on Dec. 11. The honor was bestowed by Consul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro on behalf of Italian President Sergio Mattarella. “My parents [Joseph R. and Ella (Cataldo) Salerno] were bor...

Sandra Colombo of Herrin has a new title: Cavaliere. Colombo received the Cavaliere Fiocco di Nastro on Dec. 11 from Counsul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro at the Italian Consulate in Chicago. The award Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic, or Cavaliere Fiocco de Nastro, was given to as a reward for service to Italy.  Colombo wrote a short...