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By Drew Reed In March 2011, the last public housing high-rise in Chicago's Cabrini-Green was torn down. For many in the city, it was a relief. Cabrini-Green had come to symbolise the violence, social ills, and miserable living conditions that struck fear in their hearts.   But for the people who had lived there, the moment was bittersweet....

Confindustria Ceramica president Vittorio Borelli doesn't hide his satisfaction. "We can't complain this year," he said. "The US market is driving a visible and significant growth." We are at the "Coverings," the American ceramics fair organized every year (for the past 27 years) by the Italian Association of Ceramic Producers in collaboration wit...

«Il segreto per conquistare l'America? Fare le cose per bene, essere disponibili e cercare di dare sempre qualcosa in più degli altri». Quasi si schermisce nel dirlo. Gian Paolo Dallara, 80 primavere il prossimo novembre, ha una passione difficile da rottamare: da quasi vent'anni costruisce tutte le auto che gareggiano nella serie IndyCar, di cui I...

Chiappa, an Italian gunmaker known for its exotic firearms, is going to start making them in America. The gun maker already employs 14 people in Ohio and Kentucky who import and sell Chiappa's guns. Now the 56-year old company is building a factory in Dayton, Ohio, and plans to bring it online by the summer.   Business has been good for...

So far, so good for Gov. Mike Pence's trip to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Pence announced Thursday two Italian-based companies have chosen the state of Indiana as the site for their North American operations. In all, more than 100 new jobs will be created in the coming years.   The first company is Brescia, Italy-b...

Italian auxiliary equipment manufacturer Moretto SpA has opened its first U.S. operation, in Columbus, Ohio, to handle sales, service and spare parts. Mr. Paolo Gasparotto, business development manager, said the 15,000-square-foot facility opened in October to cover the United States and Canada. Initially, Moretto is employing four people in Columb...

Villa Enterprises announced today that it has signed a deal with Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. to open 40 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the U.S.   "We've been aggressively expanding the footprint of our Villa Italian Kitchen brand over the past several years, and this new partnership is the ide...

You pass through a handsome iron gate then up a long, straight colonnade of trees. This ends at a circle with a tall bronze fountain — three mermaids holding up a young boy — and life-size statues that represent the four seasons.   You see a wide traditional house with today's imposing entry, steep roofs, arched windows, even a turret. This...

The Alfa Romeo brand is back in the United States with an eye-catching sports car. Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo Fiat is the first central Ohio franchise to sell the brand since it left the U.S. market in the 1990s. The debut model is a special edition of the 4C, with pricing that starts at $71,895.   It will be followed by a base-model 4C starting a...

The high-end Italian jeweller Buccellati, owned by Clessidra Investment Fund, opened its flagship U.S. store this month in Chicago.    Spread over 3 levels on the prestigious Oak Street, the mezzanine shows the modern design elements of blond wood and smokey mirrors, and the traditional vitrines that are signature in all Buccellati stor...

Presentation from Matteo Picariello (Italian Trade Commissioner) and Bart Pascoli (North American Project Coordinator) of the Italian Trade Agency.   As the 4th largest economy of the EU and 8th largest economy in the world, Italy depends on remaining a strong leader in exports to the international community. Join Matteo Picariello, Italian...

More meat snacks are coming to the market, but Chicago­based DiMario Foods believes the founding­family's meat­curing tradition is a rare find on store­shelves, and it's a quirk that can win the hearts of consumers, especially families. The DeBartolos love making sausages. For over a hundred years, the Chicago­area Italian­American...