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In 2018, the race for U.S. representative of the Third Congressional District of Illinois drew national attention, in part because the lone Republican candidate was Arthur Jones, a former neo-Nazi who described himself as a “white racialist.” Mike Fricilone, of Homer Glen, doesn’t want to see that happen again. Longtime incumbent Dan Lipinski, a De...

It’s the afternoon of 19 May 2018, and the 41,000 plus capacity crowd at the Allianz Stadium is surging with emotion. So too is the iconic goalkeeper who departs the pitch in the 63rd minute, waving a final goodbye to the adoring fans he’s given the lion’s share of his glittering career to. Although Gianluigi Buffon’s next career move is uncertain,...

Stone-fired pizza has come to Rootstown as Cosentino’s Stone Oven Pizzeria welcomes its first customers. The new take-out pizza restaurant opened July 1, and David Cosentino, co-owner and chef, said business has been booming since then. “It’s been extremely busy,” he said. “Amazing. I’m thankful for that and thankful our staff has put in a lot of h...

It was the eve of a fervent celebration planned for the Feast Day of Saint Joseph in 1906 when an earthquake struck the island of Ustica some 72 kilometers north of Palermo, Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  On that unsettling night of March 18, the entire population woke up, panicked and rushed out into the street.  The Usticesi managed to collect s...

Chicago-based writer/director Lucia Mauro and husband/producer Joe Orlandino – the co-founders of the non-profit film organization In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. wrapped shooting in Italy on their fourth short film, titled, Voci del diario (Entries). The inspiring independent art film is a highly textured cinematic poem that explores the life cycle th...

Con 71 medaglie d'oro e 92 d'argento, l'Italia sorpassa la Francia, ferma a 61 medaglie di prima classe e 49 di seconda. La classifica in questione è la "Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Champ" che a Londra ha consentito alle produzioni nostrane di effettuare uno storico risultato ai danni dei cugini transalpini. La più importante graduatoria mondi...

Mike Marino – affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy – is one of the most loved comedians of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club, theatre, casino and event center from New York to Los Angeles and around the world. Mike has also shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business....

As I find my seat, somehow, I’ve been transported through space and time to an ancient amphitheater in the heart of Rome. The ceiling, gaping wide open and blue, ushers the breath of the earth into the structure and sends the music up to the sky. Crumbling brick walls loom over the courtyard on all sides. But this amphitheater is neither ancient no...

Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar takes over the former Fiamma space at the MGM Grand, pegging an August debut. One of the biggest highlights? A speakeasy filled with a cocktail bar doling out cocktails such as the 1850 Sazerac, the 1896 Daiquiri, and the 1919 Negroni. MGM Resorts International corporate mixologist Craig Schoettler created the cocktail m...

There’s Italian hospitality and then there’s Casa Maria Luigia. Just outside Modena—the historic town already famous for being home to Maserati, parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar and lambrusco wine—also houses the former number one restaurant in the world, Massimo Bottura’s three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. And now, there’s Casa Maria...

St. Ann’s Italian Festival returns to Hoboken next week for it’s 109th year. The festival opens July 24 and runs to July 28 all along Jefferson St. between 7th and 8th St. International foods, live music and entertainment will again be featured at one of Hoboken’s most popular events. The festival is not just about the food and music. It also celeb...

Maybe because I spent my high school years as a wannabe actor, or maybe because I spend my grown-up years as a TV news anchor, I’m always drawn to the dramatic. A restaurant is theater, isn’t it? The set design, the lighting, the stage itself—all combine to create an experience, not just a meal. Downtown Minneapolis’ newest hotel restaurant Giulia...