NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Restaurateur Peter Coratti is looking forward to opening "a real pizzeria" and Italian restaurant with two of his nephews in downtown Howell.  They are planning to renovate and expand a vacant building in downtown Howell for Coratti's, a proposed Italian restaurant and bar that would feature indoor bocce courts. "We come from a family who loves to...

The Russo Brothers connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from severed. The Cleveland directing duo of Joe and Anthony Russo announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend that it is teaming with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star Tom Holland for its new R-rated movie “Cherry.” The film is based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker and foc...

Ryan Chiaverini projects such a warm, affable presence as the co-host of the ABC7 talk show “Windy City Live” that as I waited to talk to him, I wondered whether he acts that way in real life or whether it’s just a persona for TV. A moment later, he bounded into his office with a big smile, a proffered handshake and a friendly gesture motioning me...

Rockford’s Italian community invited a famous face to Rockford to celebrate their heritage. Solo Italiano is a one day fest put on by Franchesco’s Ristorante celebrating all things Italian. The fest had everything from Italian foods, to cars, to wines and beers. Proceeds from the fest went to help a local Italian family who have been battling a can...

Two brothers from Cleveland proved the sky is the limit for Italian Americans at the worldwide box office. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo took the crown for the most profitable movie in Hollywood history when Avengers: Endgame hit $2.79 billion late last week. James Cameron’s science fiction film “Avatar” previously held that top spot for 10 years...

Mike Nardella, an instrumental member of the Chicago Wolves' Hockey Operations department from Day 1 and a legend in Chicago sporting circles for parts of nine decades, passed away Friday morning at the age of 94. "Big Mike," as he was known to his friends, became a part of the Chicago hockey scene in the 1930s when he was caught trying to swipe st...

“Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?, written and produced by Pierette Domenica Simpson of Novi, directed by Luca Guardabascio of Rome, will air on WTVS Detroit Public TV in the Detroit Metropolitan Area and throughout Canada on Thursday, July 25 at 9:00pm.  Simpson’s work is based on a true story: her immigration to America, from Italy, to mee...

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...

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...

Thursday, August 8, 2019. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT. Eight Eleven Uptown High Rise, 811 West Agatite Avenue, Montrose & Clarendon, Chicago, IL 60640. Travel to Italy in Chicago at this Summer Party Benefiting In My Brother's Shoes., Inc. with a Chance to Win a Real Trip to Tuscany!! Join us for a Party & Film Screening to benefit In My Brother’s Shoes,...

Ron Onesti returned to Taylor Street with a bang last year, taking the venerable festa there to new heights. Never one to rest on his laurels, the president of Onesti Entertainment put the “icing” on the cassata with the addition this year of the Chicago Gelato Festival. The fest within a fest will feature samplings, demonstrations and a competitio...

Frankie Santoro and Angela Santoro-Castelli grew up in their parents’ restaurant, where they absorbed the importance of etiquette and geniality in the hospitality industry. Taking a cue from patriarch Vince Santoro’s heyday, the gregarious Frankie Santoro scoops up a patron’s children, mixes martinis and shares limoncello shots with equal aplomb th...