NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Casa Italia will honor tireless community leader Jo Ann Serpico as Woman of the Year at its Golden Anniversary Gala on Feb. 8 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. “Jo Ann has been a pillar of the community for decades,” says Casa Chairman Peter Volpe. “We’re so lucky to have her as a board member, and we’re so honored that she has agreed to...

In 2015, The Enquirer wrote a story highlighting the fact that a statue in Eden Park was actually a gift to Cincinnati from Benito Mussolini. Yes, the Italian dictator. That story was posted to Cincinnati.com nearly five years ago and when it was tweeted out by a local reporter Monday, Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach responded with a twee...

Monsignor Joseph N. Trivisonno nacque a Cleveland, il 4 maggio del 1894, da Luigi (1869-1941) e Giuseppina (1869-1953). I genitori erano entrambi nati a Ripalimosani in provincia di Campobasso. Luigi e Giuseppina, i genitori, decisero di Monsignor Joseph Trivisonno, il molisano che fece costruire la 1° scuola cattolica italiana in Ohio emigrare dop...

Arte Povera is one of the most influential, and yet “under the radar”, art movements to come out of Italy during the last century. Since its appearance in the late 1960s, the work of Giuseppe Penone, Marisa Merz, and Jannis Kounellis, among others, have strongly influenced the international contemporary art scene, revolutionizing the ways artists t...

At the tender age of 10, Burr Ridge’s Rino Burdi tagged along to work with his father, Alfonso. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Burdi runs the day-to-day operations of the family’s namesake luxury Italian menswear brand, Burdi, which he took over from Alfonso in 1995. “You could say I was born into it,” says Burdi. “I watched my dad cut a...

Alexander Argirov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, has been working in restaurants nearly his whole life. "I started doing this when I was 15,” he said. “My dad put me to wash dishes in our family restaurant." He and his business partners had wanted to open a place in the neighborhood for three years, observing that Hyde Park needed “something with a...

A Streeterville pizzeria is serving up pinsa, a next-generation Roman-style pizza. Chef Adam Weisell from L'Aventino Forno Romano spoke with ABC7 about the new take on the Chicago classic. Pinsa has an airy texture, moist and fragrant crumb and crispy exterior, according to the restaurant's website. It's naturally lower in gluten, carbohydrates and...

Cio-Cio-San, a captivating geisha in Nagasaki, marries B. F. Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant. For him, it's a lark, a diversion before he marries a "real" American wife. For her, it's a life-altering commitment that's briefly blissful, then disastrous: her family renounces her and Pinkerton leaves Japan. When he returns a few years later, h...

Under the guidance and supervision of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Brian Sweeney has developed a fine reputation as he approaches his third year on the Tribe coaching staff. The former Team Italy pitcher and coach was recently promoted to Cleveland Indians bullpen coach after assisting the pitching coach and the bullpen coach with thei...

Sons of Italy Akron Lodge 685 members held their annual Christmas party Dec. 7 at St. George Fellowship Center. As part of their mission to give back to the community, donations were given to five local charities, said organization officials. Shown are Debi and Ed Rauckhorst, who were awarded the Pete Silletti Award for outstanding service to the A...

Felice Glorioso has worked his entire life at the family business, Glorioso’s Italian Market, 1011 E. Brady St., and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He learned meat cutting from his mother, Mary, and the produce and Italian food business from his dad, Joe, and his brothers, Ted and Eddie. There were tiny detours along the way — a brief time auto...

The Only Cannoli, an Italian bakery that opened its first store in Lakeside last spring, will relocate to Midtown Muskegon’s Third Street corridor early next year. Brittany Meloche and Bethany Bauer co-founded the bakery, selling their goods at the Muskegon Farmers Market before officially launching a storefront at 1925 Lakeshore Dr. in April, 2019...