More than 80 people gathered for the first annual Festa della Sopressata competition at the North American Pizza & Culinary Academy in Lisle. Hosted by NAPCA founder and master instructor Leo Spizzirri and his partner, founder and chef instructor Anthony Iannone, the four-hour event was as much of a party for friends and family of the 19 competitor...

Phyllis Santucci will be honored as Outstanding Member of the Year at the Calabresi in America’s installation dinner and scholarship awards ceremony on Oct. 13 at The Carlisle in Lombard. A member for 16 years, Santucci has been actively involved in many CIAO events, particularly the group’s annual trip to Calabria. “Phyllis continues to spread the...