NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Mario Ortigara was born in his parents’ home on the South Side of Chicago, where brother Benny welcomed him. A few years later, sister Mary joined the family. Anna Panozzo and Domenico Ortigara were from small towns in the Piedmont region of Italy, where they met and married. They lost their first-born son to illness before immigrating to Chicago,...

For years, the Indianapolis restaurant at 1351 W. 86th St. has served Italian food, first at Amalfi and then Matteo’s, but the latest tenant’s Italian restaurant is different.Qualita doesn’t serve the typical a la carte list of individual appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Instead, chef/owner Charles Mereday, who recently revamped Downtown I...

Hungry? A new neighborhood Italian spot has you covered. Located at 738 N. Wells St. in River North, the fresh arrival is called Torchio Pasta Bar. This new business specializes in fresh pasta that's made in-house. From spaghetti to rigatoni to orecchiette, this spot hopes to satisfy your pasta and Italian food cravings. In addition to pasta, the m...

Saturday, July 6, 2019. 7:00pm – 8:00pm Cocktail Reception (open bar & passed hor d’ouerves). 8:00pm – 10:00pm Round Table Discussion on the History of Italian-Americans in Baseball and Our Future. Nido Italia 12020 Mayfield Road Kent Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Located in the heart of Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. Purchase tickets here. T...

Last week was the first of the three main events that I will help plan throughout my internship, The Authentic Italian Table!  The three-day food expo features a total of 15 renowned Italian restaurants in the Chicago area as well as various food and wine sponsors.  The event aligns with the True Italian Taste Project to showcase  authentic Italian...

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is inviting current and former parishioners to purchase a paver for placement in the Shrine’s Garden of Remembrance. “If you’ve ever had a special moment in this sacred place, if you’d like to honor a loved one or commemorate a special date, please consider being a part of our Garden of Remembrance,” Shrine Rector...

Tannin has a new home. Chris Roelofs opened the Italian eatery in Okemos in 2013. He closed the Okemos location in October and reopened the restaurant on Michigan Avenue in Lansing last week.  He said the East Side location offers a more central locale for his customers.  “We were kind of far outside the main population area," he said. "We wanted t...

Virginia Errigo began her passion for being in the bakery business working at Detroit’s Roma Bakery, founded by her father, Hugo Imperi. It was there that she created the bakery's famed pepperoni rolls, said her son, John Errigo. "When she was a little girl, she played with the dough and she used to put pepperoni in it and that's how it started," h...

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. “Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen Contest,” says JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico. “The queen will be the s...

Long considered the lesser of the two terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in terms of food options, the North Terminal is finally getting some well-deserved updates. Among the latest improvements: a brand new outpost of metro Detroit favorite Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria. The location, which opened in April inside the North Terminal’s pre...

Little Italy Fest-West will once again bring the Old Neighborhood to suburban Addison this summer. Attendees will enjoy the same great food and entertainment at the same great location this year. Only the dates will change. Staged at Centennial Park on Lake Street at Rohlwing Road from July 25 to 28, the four-day extravaganza has been sponsored for...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy in America will honor veteran educator Lyn Scolaro as Person of the Year at a gala on July 13 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. For details, call 630-913-7654. The following profile was provided by the organization. Lyn Scolaro Professoressa Lyn Scolaro is the daughter of Veneto parents Mary (Cecchin-Galliera Ven...