When Theresa Easterday's father moved his Dyer restaurant from a leased location to his own building, that provided the impetus for her to open her own establishment. On their fifth wedding anniversary Easterday and her husband, Andrew, launched Little Italy in November 2013 in the Crown Plaza spot where her father, Vince Cryns, used to run Pop's I...

Carlo’s Bakery, the New Jersey setting for the TLC series “Cake Boss,” will open its first Midwest location at Bloomington’s Mall of America on Saturday; it will be the 21st location for the traditional Italian bakery. Signature treats include cannoli, lobster tail pastries, cupcakes and more. The bakery on Level 3’s Culinary on North will have a 7...

Italy-based Italpollina North American, a world leader in the production of organic fertilizers, biostimulants of vegetal origin and beneficial microorganisms, will locate its headquarters in Anderson, Indiana. The company’s newest facility will bring over $9 million in investment and 35 jobs to the central Indiana city.“Through the hard work and c...

Descendants of the late Fred and Mary Lordo Mazzant gathered July 30 at Robert E. Rodgers Memorial Park for their 50th family reunion. The day opened with a family prayer led by Anna Mae Mazzant, followed by  buffet lunch and desert table. Special cupcakes were designed and decorated by Chris, 11, and Jordan, 8, Quintanilla, great-grandsons of the...

As a child, Andrew Biondo diligently sat at the front of the classroom at the Italian American Cultural Center excitedly repeating the words he heard his nonni say to him, meanwhile trying to separate those words from the Spanish and Ukrainian he was learning in his weekday classroom. This fall, Andrew will take his love of learning and his incredi...

Grape stomping, Italian singers and a costume contest were among Sunday’s events at the 52nd annual Little Italy Festival. But a nearly century-old house entertained, educated and brought back memories for festival goers just by being there. “La Piccola Casa Italiana” - The Little Italian House – is a restored red brick structure smaller than the m...

Genealogy HotSpot is set for Saturday during the Little Italy Festival in Clinton. Sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the balcony of the Clinton Public Library at 313 S. Fourth St. Elevators are available. You can sign up for a free half-hour session with an experienced genealogist. Participants receive help with one or two geneal...

Adam Muntean looked up from his empty bowl of pasta and was quite red-faced. It wasn’t a look of embarrassment, but a smear of tomato sauce across the 12-year-old's huge grin for just having won a spaghetti eating contest Saturday at the inaugural Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive. Muntean, of Munster, bested six other boys and...

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...