Andrea Bocelli is hitting back-to-back landmarks. This month, the renowned Italian singer releases his first album of new material in 14 years. Last month, he turned 60 years old.  Perhaps another memorable landmark is on the way for the classical-crossover superstar as he travels to Cincinnati for his first show here. “By now, there are very few p...

Viva la Panza, “hooray for the stomach” or “joy to the belly” according to an article published March 29, 1943 in the Akron Beacon Journal, described the event as a tradition to eat until your knife and fork scream for help! Started a few years earlier before the outbreak of WWII by local Italian immigrants, now U.S. citizens, to provide political...

The extraordinary violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to tackle Paganini's devilishly difficult Violin Concerto No. 1, and guest conductor Daniel Boico leads a marvelous tour of Italy with Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite III, and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4. The Columbus Symphony presents the Italian Festival at the Southern T...

Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni is the next lecturer in the Memories of a Lifetime series, presented by the McGuffey Historical Society. He will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room at Kravitz’s Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave. Admission is $6 ($5 for society members). There will be a raffle to benefit the society, and music by Dolores DePietro. Reservatio...

The 66th annual Cleveland Columbus Day Parade stepped off at noon today, with over a 100 floats winding their way through the tiny streets of Little Italy. The warm summer-like day started with a mass at the Holy Rosary Church. "Columbus Day recognizes the monumental historical event that began the process of over 500 years of worldwide immigration...

The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Ohio's capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business Monday after observing Columbus Day probably "for as long as it had been...

Italian tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel opened their new plant in Circleville, Ohio today. The plant is 280-acres, and is Sofidel's largest plant worldwide. “The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,’’ said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group, which owns subsidiaries in 13 countries, including Sofidel Am...

Tim Bando, who closed his Grove Hill restaurant in Chagrin Falls in June, isn't going far for his next gig: He has been named executive chef of M Italian. The restaurant features classic Italian dishes and pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven. It is owned by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, which also owns Burntwood Tavern. M Italian is at 22 W. Oran...

The 66th annual Cleveland Columbus Day Parade will step off at noon Monday, October 8. The parade will take place in Little Italy, where it moved in 2003 after decades downtown. The 16th parade in Little Italy will begin at Murray Hill and Cornell Roads and proceed north to East 125th Street and Fairview, then turn north on Fairview and march back...

Every year on Columbus Day weekend, the Italian community comes together for a 3-day celebration. Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Columbus Italian Festival. LOCATION: Italian Village (720 Hamlet St.). FESTIVAL HOURS. Friday, Oct. 5: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon - 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7: Noon - 7 p.m. TICKETS: $5 at the door;...