Cesare Battisti Lodge No. 27 hosts its Festa Italiana Friday and Saturday at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville. A variety of Chicago and Northwest Indiana food vendors will serve Italian favorites such as Neapolitan and Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Italian sausage, Italian beef, meatball sandwiches, cannoli and fresh gelato and a...

The sweet and cold mixture of Italian ice can be as refreshing as taking a dip in Lake Michigan under the sweltering summer sun. Three years ago, Brian and Jodi Tillman brought their version of this frosty culinary delight to Northwest Indiana when they opened Jodi's Italian Ice Factory in Hammond, located at 7322 Calumet Ave. The factory in Hammon...

Claudie Minor was quite a football player. He helped the Denver Broncos make it to the 1977 Super Bowl. And he helped Bernie Carducci make it to IU Southeast. One of best ambassadors of IUS used to be one of the worst linemen in community-college ball. Before Carducci turned to teaching psychology he turned from dreams of pigskin glory. Carducci cr...

Il corto ispirazionale dal titolo Take my hand del filmaker trapanese Francesco Siro Brigiano s’è aggiudicato la vittoria del Los Angeles LA Film Awards, nella categoria “Best Inspirational”, e del festival internazionale Festigious, anch’esso di Los Angeles, nella sezione “Inspirational”. Si tratta di un racconto astratto ed autobiografico ispirat...

Casual dining at its best, Romano's Pizzeria is an excellent choice if you're in the mood for Italian food and not in the mood to dress up. At the corner of Highway 14 and Union Street, Romano's is easy to find and offers plenty of parking. Early on a Tuesday evening, we entered an almost full dining room. The kitchen is to the left of the entrance...

They’ve been serving the Indianapolis community with authentic South Italian cuisine since 2009, with a longer storied family history dating back to the 1920s. Today on Indy Style, learn all about Iozzo’s Garden of Italy, their delicious traditional and handed-down recipes and their newly launched wine! The restaurant, which includes a romantic gar...

It’s not just the food, it’s the table that matters. Adriana Trigiani, author of 17 books and director of “Big Stone Gap,” the movie based on her first novel, said she’s spent a life mining how Italian-Americans come to the table together. Though Italian-Americans agree on little, they come to the table as equals. “We’re all the same level at th...

There’s a banner stretched across the outdoor deck of a Franklin Township home that announces, “Welcome Uncle Tommy and Family.” If not for the courage and cunning of a World War II Army Ranger from Indianapolis, there would be no family to welcome him home. Former Private Tommy Mascari who turns 95 Monday, and celebrates Independence Day the day a...

Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...

Carol Faenzi is a board member of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana and also the author of "The Stonecutter's Aria", a book that tells stories about Italian emigration to the US. She's the perfect person, a kind and proud Italian American who lives in Indiana, to talk about Italy in the "Hoosier State". We thank her and welcome her on We the...