Salute! Cin cin! Cento di questi giorni! Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare in Schererville returns for a second year, and it's been expanded to three days. Highlights include a spaghetti-eating contest, a grape-stomping contest, a bocce ball tournament and lessons in making pasta and throwing pizza dough. Cesare Battisti Lodge #27 will host the eth...

In one of our most moving You Are There exhibits to date, talk to Italian prisoners of war in the chapel they built at Camp Atterbury – their home away from home. In 1943, approximately 3,000 Italian POWs were held at Atterbury during World War II. That it held prisoners of war is surprising to many, but the legacy of this time period lives on as p...

Co-owners Jason Gray and Derick Crumpacker see a fine line in how to offer an upscale dining experience: they want to strike a balance between casual elegance while avoiding the pretension that some may associate with higher-end restaurants. And the pair, along with their CFO Terri Caskill, may have nailed that balance with Giasone’s Ristorante, th...

A sculpture dedicated to immigrants will be erected in downtown Logansport. The Logansport Pharos-Tribune reports that the sculpture will be carved out of white Italian marble, depicting a family of luggage-toting immigrants, including a mother, a father and a child. The 12,000-pound sculpture will stand about 13 feet high in Heritage Park. Money w...

It's a near-100-degree Monday afternoon, and staff members of Muncie's newest fine-dining restaurant are scurrying to bring coolers of wine indoors to keep them chilled.  The wines will be sampled by Yorktown residents Daniel Stackpoole and Summer Hellis, who own the new 21-and-over wine bar and Italian eatery, osteria32. But these tastings are not...

The Cubs or the Yankees?  The Sears (Willis) Tower or the Empire State Building?  The “L” or the Subway?  These are all questions that are sure to get residents of both the Windy City and the Big Apple into a heated argument.  We’re not going to get into any of that since this is a food column, but we are going to dive into another fight-worthy com...

IT FEELS SLIGHTLY DISORIENTING, pulling into downtown Greencastle on a Thursday night, when the sidewalks of the courthouse square are as lit-up and buzzy as any trendy swath of Indianapolis. So pardon me if what I am about to say sounds like it’s coming from a brochure for the Putnam County visitors bureau—but this little college town in the middl...

The Italian Street Festival of Indianapolis is right around the corner and the chefs are already hard at work. All the action happens in the basement of The Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The festival starts Friday, June 8 and ends Saturday evening, June 9. On the menu: homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade pizza, homemade cannoli, homemade cheesecake,...

Come out and get some fresh air and exercise while walking the Big Four Bridge with members of the IAA and their family members and friends.  On June 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., the IAA will be gathering at the base of the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville, IN.  Our plan is to start the walk at 10:00 a.m.   The bridge has various benches along the way...

Some people say we Italians have three loves in life: God, our families, and good food...and not always in that order! The difficulty comes in finding all three things in the same place...that is, unless you're in Indianapolis. Because here, you always know where to find them! Indianapolis' much-loved and most-attended church festival! Our Lady of...