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When a 10-year-old girl gets smitten with dance and harbors dreams of making a profession of it, don’t laugh — it can happen. In fact, that describes how Donna Vittorio, artistic director of Chicago’s Ballet Légere, launched a path that landed her in the terpsichorean trade. “Growing up Italian in my family greatly influenced my interest in the art...

“Nursing home” is a contradiction in terms for many Italian Americans, for whom the word “home” conjures images of Sunday dinners surrounded by friends, family and, of course, food. Lisa Cini grew up amid such celebratory weekends and today fights to bring some of that warmth and spirit to adult care. As an interior designer of long-term care facil...

The Comboni Missionaries will honor Joseph A. Russo at their annual dinner dance on Nov. 30 at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines. (708-354-1999) As a boy growing up in Cicero, Russo enjoyed learning about his Italian and Calabrian heritage from his extended family. From those experiences, he decided he wanted to make a difference in the world. As a t...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a dynamic father-son duo at their Nov. 16 gala at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. (708-212-1051) Michael Tadin Jr., president of MAT Construction Inc., will be honored as Man of the Year at the event, and Michael A. Tadin, president of Marina Cartage Inc., will be hailed as Humanitarian of t...

While growing up in the Taylor Street neighborhood, Ralph Triggiano dreamed of becoming a photographer. That dream became a reality during World War II, when the Navy trained him to be its eye in the sky over the Pacific. For two years, he took reconnaissance photos of enemy positions from 10,000 feet in the air, helping to turn the tide in the war...

A stroll through the art history of Florence, Rome, and Venice. Come along with noted art scholar Rosa Di Grottole as she guides us through the streets and galleries of these cities, filled with classic art. Sunday afternoon 17 November. If you are planning a trip to Italy this will prepare you for the greatest understanding and enjoyment. And if y...

Does Sam Montalbano know how to say no? Terry Young of Springfield doesn’t think so. “I don’t know that he’s told anybody no," said Young, who nominated Montalbano for The State Journal-Register’s 2019 First Citizen Award. “He’s always been the guy, no matter what you needed, you knew you could always count on him to do whatever was asked of him.”...

Celeste Raspanti, a volunteer archivist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, remembers stories her mother told about their family forging a friendship at the dinner table with St. Frances Cabrini as they helped her minister to the poor in Chicago. “She drank wine, she ate pasta, she sang songs,” Raspanti said of St. Frances. When Raspanti’s grandfather wa...

The Cesare Battisti Lodge of Schererville, Indiana, will celebrate its centennial in grand fashion at a Nov. 9 gala. The event will include an antipasti table, traditional Italian dinner and live entertainment featuring the sounds of the Jersey Boys, Rat Pack & Motown. Tickets are $60 per person with open bar; formal attire is required. Formed in 1...

One of Cincinnati's oldest and largest traditions, The Original Italian Dinner, is happening this Sunday. This year, volunteers at Sacred Heart Church are making more than 21,000 meatballs and 200,000 raviolis by hand in preparation for Sunday's feast. It takes volunteers weeks to prepare for the feast in Camp Washington, which benefits the church....

Mannerism — the strangely refined, highly idiosyncratic style that dominated Italian art from the 1520s to the rise of Baroque art at the end of the 16th century — finally has a major presence in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The latest round of acquisitions at the museum, announced Wednesday, includes what it calls its...

The Rockford Italian Sister Cities Alliance will hold its annual fundraiser, A Taste of Italy V, from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Venetian Club. Several local restaurants will provide samples for tasting, including Napoli’s (pictured). The cost is $25 per person; only 200 tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit Rockford Italian Sister Citi...