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Nando Milano is a downtown Champaign staple offering classic Italian dishes. The menu  has antipasti (appetizers), insalate (salads), contorni (sides), primi piatti (pasta), secondi piatti (meat and seafood dishes), and dolci (desserts) in addition to family-style specials. I spoke with Nando Milano's Chef Alessio Vullo about where he's from, where...

As Americans continue to debate and grapple with their country's past, the discussion surrounding the appropriateness of statues honoring certain historical figures rages on. In the southern part of the country, that discussion has mostly centered around former members of the Confederacy such as Gen. Robert E. Lee. Further north, and especially her...

It’s a statue that has overlooked Mishawaka Avenue for 28 years, but according to some in the area, it only symbolizes racism against the original people who called Michiana home. Central Park's Christopher Columbus statue was installed in the heart of the town in 1992 to celebrate 500 years of modern European exploration (Leif Erikson is accepted...

Patrons remember Carlo Lorenzetti’s restaurant along Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights as a place to gather and celebrate special occasions with great food and atmosphere. The Italian-American cuisine highlighted a fancy aura and recalled a bygone era of the south suburbs in their post-World War II heyday. “It’s like stepping back in time,” an onl...

Standing in a light rain at City Hall, U.S. Sen. John Bricker marveled at the 20-foot bronze figure unveiled in a city which bears its likeness’ name. It reminded Bricker of the harbor in New York City. He predicted the new statue of Christopher Columbus would be viewed in Ohio as a “symbol of friendship,” akin to what the Statue of Liberty represe...

The city’s Christopher Columbus statues have been repeatedly vandalized in recent weeks amid renewed calls the monuments should be torn down. The Christopher Columbus statue in Little Italy’s Arrigo Park recently had the word “killer” sprayed on it, and someone dumped paint on it. In Grant Park, another Columbus statue was spray painted with the wo...

Growing in their racial and cultural understanding of one another, City Council has consulted Akron’s Italian and Black communities as it again debates whether to right a historic wrong by removing Columbus Day from the local calendar. The legacy of Italian explorer and statesman Christopher Columbus, whose 1492 landing in the Americas was declared...

The statues of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park and Arrigo Park have been seen covered with plastic wrap Monday. The wrap covered the entire base and pedestal of the Grant Park statue, which is located near the Museum Campus. The Chicago Park District told CBS 2’s Marissa Parra it has covered the statues “to protect them and discourage vandalism....

A Catholic high school in Wisconsin will not change its name from “Columbus Catholic High School” after a petition from alumni and other members of the community requested the change. But with Columbus statues coming down in cities across the country, one expert says the explorer has been mischaracterized. The Wisconsin petition, which was started...

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit is hosting a new #AsktheConsul event. This time, you can ask questions about all of our Consular Services. Also, following this public online event, if you have questions regarding your own specific case, Consul Manca will answer them in private on Facebook Messenger.Join us on June 23, from 11 am to 12 pm for the ...

Andrea Bocelli’s upcoming gig in Detroit later this year is among the weekend’s mix of event tickets on sale. The Italian vocalist will have limited tickets available for his December 6 takeover of Little Caesars Arena over the coming days in a pre-sale opportunity. Jamey Johnson in Biloxi, Mississippi also joins the pre-sale listings along with ho...

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Thursday the Christopher Columbus statue gifted to the city from Genoa, Italy in 1955 will be taken down from City Hall. One man has now filed a lawsuit following the announcement. Michael Young is asking there to be "proper legislation" in order for the statue to be removed. He, like some others, are upset i...