NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Today, we mourn the passing of Mario Massa. At 100 years old, Mario's legacy and impact on the game of bocce are palpable. A past President of the United States Bocce Federation and former President of the Highwood Bocce Club, Mario loved the game of Bocce and was dedicated to promoting the sport. He was instrumental in the emergence of the United...

If you’ve ever dined at Gioacchino’s Restaurant in Bellwood, you know what good old-fashioned, made-from-scratch Italian cooking tastes like. During the summer months, many of the ingredients in Gioacchino’s time-honored recipes are literally homegrown in the garden that surrounds the house in Addison where Nella and Jack Curatolo have lived for 43...

Funeral services have been set for Nick DiSalvo, the co-owner of one of the Miami Valley’s most well-known restaurant families. Nicola Frank "Nick" DiSalvo died Thursday, July 11. He was 61. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd in Kettering. A Mass of Christian Burial will take p...

Ben Lariccia and Joe Tucciarone, authors of the new book “Coal War in the Mahoning Valley: The Origin of Greater Youngstown’s Italians,” will give a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli 3135 Belmont Ave. Admission to the presentation, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is $6 ($5 for society...

The frantic clack ing of a spinning money wheel and the wafting scents of marinara sauce and fried foods on Wilson Avenue can mean only one thing: the annual Italian Fraternal Home Mount Carmel Festival has once again arrived. Though drivers passing through Girard could easily miss the festival if they didn’t know where to look, tens of thousands w...

Why travel all the way to Italy when we have a taste of it right in our own backyard? The Mozzarella Store opened at 822 N. Michigan Avenue after Hershey's Chocolae World Store closed in the same space in 2017. Two floors of Italian cheese is now offered in a cafe setting and served by Naple natives. The staff makes fresh made mozzarella and burrat...

Team Italy slugger Leo Seminati demonstrated his pop at the plate when he doubled in his second at-bat and followed with back-to-back home runs to catapult the Cincinnati Reds Rookie Advanced affiliate Billings Mustangs to a 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers affiliate Rocky Mountain Vibes at UCHealth Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July...

Isn’t that always the case? Geraci’s waits 63 years to open its second restaurant and the next thing you know… The family behind the legendary Italian restaurant, which opened its original spot in University Heights (2266 Warrensville Ctr. Rd., 216-371-5643) in 1956, and its second location last year in Pepper Pike (29425 Chagrin Blvd., 216-831-159...

The tastes, music and culture of old-world Italy -- along with some modern features -- will come alive this weekend at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. Festa Italiana, a three-day celebration that begins Friday, has national and local entertainment, along with a Friday night fireworks show, an expanded Family Fun Zone and more. "We've...

Our Lady of Peace Parish will host its 122nd annual festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The three-day event will feature rides and games, ethnic food, music, prizes and a fireworks display at night at Mount Carmel Church on Columbus Avenue. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with fireworks concluding the...

In 1871 a massive fire near Peshtigo, Wisconsin, claimed nearly 2,500 lives and was on its way toward a chapel that was the sight of a Marian apparition. Writer Larry Peterson narrated the story for Aleteia and highlights the first miracle that occurred.  More than one million acres were destroyed in the Peshtigo Firestorm. As far as the eye could...

When customers walk into the new and improved Ohio City Pizzeria (3223 Lorain Ave.) later this month, they should be prepared for a revamped menu in an old-school Italian setting.On Friday, July 19, the neighborhood staple will reopen under the ownership of West Side Catholic Center (WSCC), which provides food, clothing, shelter, and other services...