On Dec. 8, 1967, Gena (Guagenti) Mongelluzzo sat down with Lima News columnist Hope Strong to talk about the Guagenti family, which, necessarily, involved a lot of talking Since Gena’s father, Frank Guagenti, first set foot in Lima in the early 1930s, the extended Guagenti family, which includes Guagentis, Azzarellos, Venturellas and Cecalas, has g...

Master stained-glass craftsmen from Studio Arts & Glass in North Canton took advantage of the sunshine Wednesday to install restored glass panels at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on North Hill in Akron. Fourteen of the church’s 87-year-old stained-glass windows are being restored in three phases. The first two phases include the six side win...

Tremont has always been a magnet for cool, where you expect a little bit of anything. The symbiosis results in an artistic vibe, home to a bookstore (Visible Voice) that stays open late, a nighttime art walk, and comfortable dive bars and veteran restaurateurs alike. Dante Boccuzzi’s niche is being different. The music lover-chef-restaurant owner h...

The Sons of Italy thanked hundreds of area veterans for their service Friday with free spaghetti dinners at the organization’s headquarters. Service members from different military branches and eras of conflict ate and talked in a packed hall. “This is an annual function that the Sons if Italy puts on to honor the veterans,” Doug Hartleib, presiden...

At 100, Steubenville native Harry J. “Buff” Buffone distinguishes himself on two fronts. For one thing, he’s among a growing group of centenarians, as more people enjoy longevity and reach the 100-years-old mark. But as a veteran of World War II, he’s in a diminishing circle of men and women, too, as the ranks of those who fought and won the great...

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sandy Pianalto, former President & CEO of the U.S. Federal Reserve System's Fourth District, headquartered here in Cleveland. Sandy was born in Valli Del Pasubio, a small town in the Veneto Province in northern Italy. Her family immigrated to Akron in 1960, where her uncles had previously settled. Her...

More than anything, Josephine Todd’s route to becoming executive chef at Pastina Rustic Italian Kitchen was inevitable. It had to be, when you grow up around food and cooking and you become a sponge in the kitchen, taking it all in from an Italian mother and German-Irish father. “My family has been in the culinary industry,” said Todd, who lives in...

More than 600 men attended the 80th anniversary of Viva La Panza! (Hooray for the Belly!) Oct. 24 at Todaro’s Party Center, hosted by the Italian American Professional and Businessmen’s Club. The event began in 1938 as a small gathering of politicians and Italian businessmen in the rear of the Belt Line Grocery Store on Grant Street, owned by curre...

As the Italian American Veterans Post 1 Ladies Auxiliary prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary of being chartered, 87-year-old Darlene Bruno has a lot to reminisce on. Bruno is the only active member of the group that has been there since before the group was chartered. Over the years, she has witnessed it grow from meetings in members’ houses...

The Italian American Veterans Post 1 is holding a dinner dance honoring veterans and celebrating 60 years since its Ladies Auxiliary has been chartered. The double celebration begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at their post, 4567 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. and a memorial service at 7 p.m. Music will be provi...