NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

After months and years of planning, construction, and lots of anticipation, Portillo’s has opened its new Fort Wayne location to the public. The fast-casual restaurant brand known for its Chicago-style menu celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. Mayor Tom Henry made an appearance and spoke about the addition o...

Bar Verona, an intimate Italian restaurant/bar from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, Saturday is scheduled to open the doors to its new northern Macomb County on Saturday. The 4,000-square-foot, 84-seat eatery is located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 27 Mile Road in Washington Township. An outdoor patio will open in the spring. It's the latest restaura...

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. In Verona, that might just be Avanti’s Italian Restaurant, which is as much a neighborhood bar as a restaurant. Avanti’s turned 20 this year, and every night familiar faces stop in for a beer at the bar alongside families out for a meal. “I’d say it’s over 70% (regulars),” said bar manager S...

Back in the 1930s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy was the place to get dressed up and go out to eat in downtown Indianapolis. Originally located at 323436 S. Illinois Street (where the Hyatt hotel currently sits), Iozzo’s was the largest restaurant in the Midwest—with a dining room that sat 500 people and a banquet room that could seat 350 more. There wer...

In 1971, Lou Ragusi opened Capt’n Nemo’s, a restaurant that promised customers “A Whale of a Sub.” The Army veteran used to joke about how he came up with his restaurant’s name. “I couldn’t get my rank in the service,” he’d say. “So I bought it.” Since then, Capt’n Nemo’s has served hundreds of thousands of sandwiches at the original Rogers Park lo...

In a converted train station in north suburban Highwood, athletes from as far away as South America gathered Wednesday for what promises to be a fierce three days of competition. You could tell they were athletes because that’s what the tags said dangling from their necks — that, and the sleek warm-up suits with the names of their countries stitche...

Laura De Marchi and Olivia Ghormley of the Michigan Tech volleyball team were named All-Region by two different organizations on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Both juniors were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA). De Marchi earned AVCA All-Midwest Region honors for th...

Louis G. Piancone, 90, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at his home in Gladstone. He was born in Corato, Bari, Italy, on Jan. 1, 1929, immigrated to the United States in 1951, and became a U.S. citizen in 1957. In 1955, he achieved his personal objective of owning and succeeding in his own business by opening a delicatessen in Bra...

True steak houses, not those with minor menu mention, have again hit the taste buds of many restaurant patrons … Not that steak sales are down, but dining spots that concentrate on them seem to give the meat added attention. Like two that opened in this area and are making their presence known … Johnny’s Italian Steakhouses, Farmington Hills (Hamil...

“È bello ritrovarsi tra i siciliani in America e rivivere le tradizioni che ho vissuto in parte anche da piccola! Così è stato sabato scorso, a Chicago, per il 38esimo Anniversario della Festa in onore di Santa Fara organizzata dalla Società Santa Fara di Cinisi (Chicago), presieduta da Carlo Vaniglia, che ringrazio per l’invito e per il suo costan...

It was the worst Saturday I had worked in a long time. I was two and a half hours out of town working in Grand Rapids. I was alone, and the customer flow was so high I never got a chance to take a lunch. By the time my shift was done, I was famished. I got some good food ideas from the customers, but one suggestion stood out to me: Pietro’s Italian...

Certain entities give a neighborhood that, well, neighborhood feel. A corner bar with well worn floor. A small, family-owned store. A small park, a library, an old church. And an Italian restaurant. Palazzo has been serving this West Side Cleveland neighborhood just a few blocks south of Edgewater Park for several months under the tutelage of owner...