If you order a pizza from Martino’s Italian Villa, you are literally eating a Martino’s pizza. That’s because only a Martino family member makes the restaurant’s iconic pizza pie. Every morning, Angela Martino and her son, Mike, whip up the crust and sauce from scratch, season the sausage and grate the cheese before it’s put into the oven. That’s t...

Fiora Corradetti Contino, who founded her first opera company when she was only 27 and became an accomplished maestra who conducted for 50 years, until she was 81, died on March 5 in Carmel, Ind. She was 91. The cause was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, her daughter Lisa Contino said. Dr. Contino, who made her New York conducting debut whe...

Fazoli's, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Zionsville, Indiana, marking the company's 35th location in the state. Located at 6378 Crane Drive, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a first ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on March 6th, to be attended b...

A fire that ravaged the Italian restaurant PASTAriffic in the early morning hours Thursday caused damages estimated at $1.25 million, according to a Kokomo Fire Department report, and the building is being considered a total loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined, said Fire Chief Nick Glover, adding that the KFD is i...

When Italian soldiers wanted to be caught by American forces during World War II, they would play cards. The loser of the card game had to crawl out of the bunker and surrender — in case they were fired upon. His fellow soldiers would often willingly follow. "They didn't want to be soldiers. They were farmers, craftsmen and artists," said Master Sg...

On March 4, 2017 an 18-month long exhibit will open at the Indiana Historical Society entitled: “You are There 1943: Italian POWs at Atterbury”. Approximately 3,000 Italian prisoners of war were detained at an internment camp during World War II at Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana. As most of the prisoners were Roman Catholic, they received permi...

The bright blue stucco building stands out in a clearing in the southern Johnson County wilderness. A small white cross adorns the peak of its roof. Paintings of Jesus, Mary and angels bring vivid color to the interior. The place is still on a winter afternoon. Using your imagination, it’s easy to imagine Italian prisoners assembling scrap wood int...

By Jeff Harrell So you think you love Italian food here in America? You go into your friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant craving fettuccine Alfredo, or the Chicken Vesuvio. Or when the server offers fresh mozzarella or Parmesan for your linguine with clam sauce, you bury the seafood pasta dish under a mound of cheese. Television's genui...

Carla Bolin, who operates two Angelo's Fresh Markets in the Chicago suburbs, opened a third Italian specialty boutique grocery/restaurant called Angelo's Prime in Schererville, Ind. The market carries "the best of everything," according to a local report, which includes truffle butter, prosciutto, wild caught fish, fresh-baked Turano bread, ol...

A big name in Italian food in the Chicago Southland has opened its first location in Northwest Indiana. Carla Bolin, whose family ran the Angelo's restaurants in the south suburbs for many decades, picked up the family business by opening Angelo's Fresh Markets in Flossmoor and Tinley Park in recent years. Now she's opened her third Italian-th...