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Fontano's Subs has been a staple in Hinsdale since 1990 and is the third sandwich restaurant the Fontano family opened.   On a recent Wednesday, Kathleen Devine arrived at Fontano's with her three sons, still in their uniforms from Notre Dame Catholic School in Clarendon Hills. They had just gotten haircuts in Hinsdale, and were squeezing in...

A study run by Milan Chamber of Commerce for the HOMI international trade fair for interior design and upscale home decor has shown that Italians invite friends over once every three weeks for lunch or dinner and they spend about 2,000 euros per year.   The 44% of people prefer to invite friends and relatives to their house, "because they th...

A North Loop Minneapolis retailer is partnering with a Minnesota entrepreneur to launch a linen and home collection this month. Colette Jaffe is launching her self-named line of bedding, bathroom and home accessories manufactured in Italy's Tuscany region. Upscale men's retailer Martin Patrick 3 is the collection's exclusive retailer.  ...

by Julia Clancy   Gelato is not just "Italian ice cream." A scoop clings to the cone with a consistency approaching soft-serve; the temperature is slightly warmer, the body thicker. And many stateside versions of this edible export don't fit the bill. Shy Guy Gelato, a new, small-batch gelato business from Tim Elliott and Paul Sansone, is de...

Da Piazza Affari a Rio de Janeiro, in meno di due mesi. Era il 3 maggio quando Nerio Alessandri, presidente di Technogym, suonava la campanella della Borsa di Milano. In platea, facce note del mondo dello spettacolo e investitori che, in pochi minuti, facevano balzare il titolo del gruppo fondato in un garage all'inizio degli Anni Ottanta.  ...

If you have walked down Ballard Avenue in the past few months, you've probably noticed that the pea-green freestanding house that didn't really fit in with the slick new restaurants and boutiques has been getting a paint job—among other things. "The Pioneer Houses"—in fact, two houses connected—were brought from the International District years ago...

The Binghamton Lodge of the Sons of Italy is celebrating that special milestone this weekend: 100 years of serving the community. Members, friends, and family all gathered at Traditions At The Glen in the Town of Union Friday night. The black tie event featured food, dancing and also reflection on years past.   Located in the heart...

Italian ballerina Carla Fracci turned 80 years old on August 20, but she hasn't hung up her pointe shoes yet. She performed in late July at the Versiliana Festival with the Balletto del Sud in Fredy Franzutti's staging of "Scheherazade and the Thousand and One Nights" as Queen Thalassa, the queen of the sea.    "I've never loved ce...

By Sarah Mulé   A couple was reunited with their dog who sat buried in rubble nine days after their house was demolished in the earthquake that leveled parts of central Italy. Romeo, a golden retriever, survived for over a week in a pocket under the rubble of his former home, which was leveled in the 6.2 magnitude quake that rocked the...

On Sunday morning, three hours before the kickoff of the season opener, Eagles fans surrounding Lincoln Financial were sending up sweet barbecue smoke from their tailgating parties. Meanwhile, two blocks east of the stadium, men and women driving SUVs and pickup trucks were fighting their way through game day traffic to reach the site of anoth...

It's always nice when customers leave a restaurant happy and even say thanks for a great meal. But what happened Friday night at Pietro's Pizza Kauai went beyond the usual show of appreciation for a pie done well. Maria Lopez, a professional opera singer on her honeymoon on Kauai, stood up after finishing dinner.   "I haven't had p...

Back-to-back fundraisers will be held the last weekend of October at the Brownsville Sons & Daughters of Italy, Frank Ricco Lodge 731, 16 Race St. An oldies dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29, and will feature music by DJ Ted Knisley. Doors open at 7. Admission is $10 per person in advance or at the door. For table reservat...