NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sends its thoughts and condolences to the family of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) Chairman and Founder George Randazzo who suddenly passed away on July 28. Mr. Randazzo, 77, was a pivotal figure in the Italian American Community and was a recipient of the NIAF Community Le...

Cheese making is an art form, much like crafting a bottle of wine or baking pastries. Anyone can make cheese but crafting it to taste unique is what separates the artists from the rest of the crowd. Mozzarella Store Pizza and Caffè has proven its worth in spades. Mozzarella Store (882 N Michigan Ave.) is located where the old Hershey’s Chocolate st...

It is heartbreaking to announce the passing of George Randazzo, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President and Founder, who passed away yesterday, Sunday, July 28 at the age of 77. George was larger than life and had a heart of gold, devoting his life to his family, friends and to the Italian American community through the National Ita...

Come August 16-18, a tiny slice of Schererville will transform itself into the streets of Rome, Venice and Palermo with the weekend Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare. Festivalgoers can expect no shortage of Italian heritage, including food and drink offerings served up by family-owned eateries. “As always, we will be working with many local restaurant...

A new sports bar and Italian spot has opened up shop in the neighborhood. Located at 825 S. State St., the new addition is called Giglio's State Street Tavern. Giglio's State Street Tavern specializes in homemade Italian dishes and cocktails. The menu features rigatoni with vodka sauce, bruschetta, pizza and more. The new sports bar has already att...

If you love pasta, pizza, and everything Italian, then an upcoming festival is for you. The 120th annual Italian Fest is getting ready to kick off, and according to locals, this ongoing tradition means a lot to the community. “The Italian Fest means a lot to the area just as tradition,” said Jim Bertucci, one of the coordinators. “It’s something yo...

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are often the site of performances of various types, most of which tend to be small and intimate. Not so Opera in the Italian Garden, an annual event that draws thousands of people to this spectacular two-level garden. Concertgoers come early to stake a spot on the grounds and spread out their lavish picnics, or purch...

The Racine Concert Band continues its 97-year tradition of free concerts Sunday night (July 28) at the Racine Zoo. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Music Director Mark Eichner will conduct the band, soprano Melissa Cardamone is the guest artist and Adam Maegaard is the French horn soloist. Don Rosen, recently honored with a Wisconsin Broadcasters Ass...

Just as chef and owner Andrew Carmellini intended, San Morello in the Shinola Hotel is a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Only the neighborhood is the buzzy, busy, scooter-infested community that is downtown Detroit.  While it's on the ground floor of the Shinola, San Morello has an identity beyond "hotel restaurant." With an entrance right on Wood...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival takes place the coming weekend and members of the Bellaire Sons of Italy are busy preparing nearly 3,000 lbs. of Italian sausage for the weekend. It's something these members look forward to every year. Tuesday morning, a group of 20 people gathered inside the kitchen of the Bellaire Sons of It...

It’s a sign summer is more than halfway over already. On Wednesday, volunteers were busy setting up this year’s Italian festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in Youngstown. Vendors were getting their trailers ready for this weekend while the familiar big tent for bands is already in place. Organizers are looking ahead to a warm and sunny we...

A resolution making Aug. 9 Indigenous Peoples Day in Cleveland initially started as a much more ambitious resolution that would have removed Columbus Day from city calendars. The city council passed the resolution on Wednesday. Indigenous People's Day was passed to reaffirm Cleveland's commitment to promote the well-being and growth of the city's N...