Madison has lost some noteworthy Italian restaurants in the 11 years that Osteria Papavero has been open: Nostrano, Peppino’s, Bellini, Gino’s. The last three were operated by members of one family of brothers, in a beautifully Italian kind of way. But Francesco Mangano’s Osteria Papavero has been there through it all, quietly seated in a commuter-...

Overcast weather did not overshadow Hurley's Festival Italiano Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people gathered on Silver Street to celebrate Italian heritage despite the clouds. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament and human foosball tournament, following the two-mile Dago Dash, kicked the festivities off. Beginning at 11 a.m. the craft show started fe...

Dining out is a different experience than eating at home. But a unique restaurant that serves its food family-style captures the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering. Buca di Beppo opened in 2014 and is in the Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., Greendale. The restaurant's name loosely translates to "Joe's Basement," stemming from it...

Caterina’s doesn’t announce itself from the street with its small parking lot on Oklahoma Avenue, its unobtrusive entrance, and its location in the outer reaches of West Allis. For people who love traditional Italian cuisine, it’s the real deal, not to be confused with Olive Garden or Buca di Beppo. They don’t serve froufrou food, just authentic ho...

To this day, Ida Alia still remembers the moment she saw the Statue of Liberty from the New York Harbor while coming to America from Italy in 1960. Alia and her family of nine spent a total of 10 days on a boat coming to America. They came looking for better opportunities. “When I saw the Statue of Liberty from that boat I became so excited beca...

The 39th annual Roma Lodge Italian Festival returns to Paul P. Harris Rotary Park, 5 Fifth St., Friday through Sunday, July 28-30. This year’s festival again features traditional Italian foods, entertainment and family fun. To show gratitude for the 39 years of support by the community, Roma Lodge will again present fireworks at approximately 10 p...

Festa Italiana celebrated its 40th anniversary of spreading Italian culture to Milwaukee. It’s the oldest ethnic festival in a city that glories in them, and the largest Italian event of its kind in America. Festival goers were greeted by a replica of the statue of David as they made their way to the many food, gift, and wine vendors. They could ta...

The performance is described as “A shamanic experience not to be missed. It will change your life” – “creative synergistic genius” – “(the performance) brings DaVinci and Michelangelo alive”. “WOW. What an amazing show. It was joyful, meaningful, powerful, and inspirational! Thank you for doing a magical job! Your words and visuals were fantastic,...

The University Club of Milwaukee today announced that it has named David Magnasco as culinary director. In his new role, Magnasco will oversee all culinary operations at both the City and Country Club. Magnasco joins the University Club with more than 27 years of professional culinary experience working in restaurants and private clubs throughout t...

You weren't going to go to Festa Italiana and not take in the food, were you? Local and national chefs will take the Cucina Showcase stage when the festival returns this weekend  at the lakefront. Rossella Rago of the web show “Cooking with Nonna” will appear at 6 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 p.m. Sunday; California chef Richard Lombardi will demonstrate...