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Ferrero North America, part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, today announced plans to invest up to $214.4 million to expand its chocolate processing and product manufacturing plant in Bloomington, Illinois. The 169,000 square foot addition will be dedicated to producing Kinder Bueno, a popular Ferrero premium chocolate bar in Euro...

A bronze statue of a wolf — a gift from the city of Rome to Cincinnati during the 1930s when dictator Benito Mussolini was in power — has been stolen from Eden Park. Cincinnati Parks spokesman Rocky Merz says a park visitor reported the missing statue early Friday morning. "What they discovered is that — the statue is a large bronze statue of a wol...

Food, music and the celebration of Italian culture are all on tap during this year’s Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling. The festival is slated for July 29-31 on Water Street at Wheeling Heritage Port. The festival kicks off at noon July 29 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and continues through the afternoon of July 31. Ja...

The Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the 6th oldest grand opera company in the United States. Founded in 1933, the group was called the Italian Opera Chorus under the direction of John David Anello Sr. and later he explained that changing the name was to honor the birthplace of opera as we know it. Saying that the craft originate...

A new restaurant is coming to downtown East Lansing and hopes to change the smell of the storefront that once housed Collegeville Textbook Company. The book store, which was located at 321 east Grand River Ave., closed during the pandemic. “We have three kinds of pizza, Detroit style pizza, the thick square pizza, regular American style pizza with...

When: Sun, July 10, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT - Where: Italian American Museum of Cleveland, 12111 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106 Join Pamela Dorazio Dean for a discussion and exploration of the history and tradition of the Italian immigrant gardens that were first cultivated in the United States during the early 20th century. The presen...

I have been fortunate to have been associated with the Stark County Italian-American Festival for 27 years. During those years, I proudly served two terms as president, many terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and am most proud to have served as chairman of the Festival Scholarship Committee for 22 years (awarding yearly college scholarships...

Italian-restaurant fans: Stino da Napoli’s dining room is open. The restaurant, owned by Agostino Iacullo, reopened the dining room Thursday. It will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Iacullo opened the restaurant in 1991 after working at Giovanni’s and New York Spaghetti House. He was one of the first restaurant owners to take a c...

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit hosted Italian National Day 2022 to celebrate the 76th Anniversary of the Republic of Italy on Thursday, June 2, 2022. From vintage Italian cars to the most delicious Italian food, we couldn’t resist attending the event to help celebrate the anniversary! The event took place at the Detroit City Airport, and the wea...

Mount Carmel Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday with a special Mass and a lunch. "It reminds you (that) you stand on the shoulders of all that come before you," said the Rev. Raymond Thomas of the celebration that was planned by a 14-member committee. Thomas gave the welcome that led to numerous proclamation and resolutions from city...

When: Sun, July 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT - Where: Italian Cultural Garden, 990 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44108 Featuring well known music from Italian opera, Broadway musicals and popular Italian songs with The Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet. Reserved seating available at $28.50 in front of the stage. Free general admissio...

After getting its start at farmers markets and then a ghost kitchen during the pandemic, Sfera is now slinging its take on Sicilian street food from a Broadway storefront. Sfera opened May 11 at 5759 N. Broadway, the latest move to expand the three-year-old business. Friends Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale started Sfera by selling their take on a...