NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Dr. Charles C. DiFranco, will ascend to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society on April 28 at Toscana Restaurant in Arlington Heights. For reservations, call Dr. Jessica Mattern at 480-794-0302. Dr. DiFranco works in partnership with his father, Dr. Charles F. DiFranco, and aunts Dr. Geri Ann DiFranco and Dr. Josephine DiFranco-Bordigno...

Briana DiTommaso Cardone is an Italian/Greek American restaurateur. She and her husband and business partner, Salvatore, are the purveyors of the award winning restaurants, Mambo Italiano Ristorante and Wild Buffalo Italian Gastro Pub, both in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Briana was raised on an Italian vineyard in the Chicago area where she le...

Josephine “Jo” Sangermano Townsend will be 92 come April, and for the last 50 years, she has been creating lovely and well-loved St. Joseph Day tables at her parish. For the past 17 years, the spry nonagenarian has been doing so at St. Celestine Church in Elmwood Park. “It makes me feel good to do this.,” said Sangermano Townsend, who also lives in...

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Pompeii are playing their parts from Palm Sunday (April 5) to Easter Sunday (April 12). THE OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL PARISH & SHRINE (Melrose Park) will celebrate Mass in Italian at 10:30 a.m. and masses in English at 7:45...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says its previously-announced $400 million investment in Kokomo will create nearly 200 jobs and retain 1,000 more. The automaker plans to repurpose an idled transmission plant in the Howard County city into what will now be known as the Kokomo Engine Plant. The facility will produce the GMET4 engine, which is used to power...

This week, 17 Italian restaurants in Trumbull County are running specials to kick off the 2020 Italian Food Trail that runs through November. The trail honors Italians who settled to Trumbull County to work in factories over a century ago. Part of their history includes wonderful dishes… dishes that will be highlighted along the Italian Food Trail....

Don’t fill up on the bread. This old restaurant adage is usually still a good one. Who really needs more carbs? But the complimentary focaccia at Beachwood’s Rosso Italia will keep whispering seductively from its basket and in this case, you must give in. Fresh from the oven, the flat bread has a tender, delicate crumb and a crisp crackle to the ro...

The John Cadel Art Gallery in the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia recently welcomed a model of a catapult that was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Local artists and engineers Matthew McKee and Jonathon Boley built the catapult for exhibition at the third annual One Book, One Village series at the Arlington Heights Library in 2016. There is no...

Raskin shares homemade dishes to devour at this Birmingham staple. Sorry, no Wahlburgers on the menu … Only some of the best Italian food in this region … Being in partnership with a prominent movie star like Mark Wahlberg on those delicious burgers certainly has its big value. But when it comes to the tongue and full tummy, the fine Bella Piatti I...

With Jo Ann Serpico as its Woman of the Year, Casa Italia celebrated another hugely successful 50th anniversary gala. Friends from across the community flocked to Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village on Feb. 8 to honor Serpico, and the program book was filled with words of praise. “There’s nobody who works as hard on as many fronts as you do,” C...

Abbiamo raggiunto Sandra DiNatale-Tornberg proprio nel bel mezzo dei preparativi per il matrimonio della sua unica figlia, Samantha. Ma da buona sportiva (tifa per tutte le squadre dell'Universitá del Michigan, da dove si é laureata) ha risposto a tutte le domande in tre sedute dalla sua residenza di Shelby, vicino a Detroit. Per Sandra essere "mul...

Founded in Rome in 1889 by the famous poet Giosue Carducci, the Dante Alighieri Society has promoted and encouraged Italian language, literature, and all aspects of Italian culture including, art, music, film, history, and design for the past 130 years.  The society was named for Italy’s greatest writer, Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy...