NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Headlining this year’s entertainment lineup is the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band and country superstar Phil Vassar—who are sure to put on unforgettable performances! New this year is an entire lineup of regional entertainers from Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as many Italian favorites returning including Tony Spavone, Joe Scalissi, Jenna Esp...

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2019 showcasing award-winning films from Italy opens Sept. 5-26 at the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, the Atlas Cinemas Eastgate in Mayfield Hts. and the Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square Arts District. All films ($10) are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Pre-film dinners are Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5:30-7...

Tony Mazzola was ready to call it quits after nearly four decades of owning Italian restaurants. The lease was expiring on the O’Fallon building that housed his latest version of Mungo’s, and he was thinking about heading to The Hill in St. Louis to find a job working for someone else. Then Mazzola, 67, of Fairview Heights, got an offer he couldn’t...

Gli Sbandieratori Ducato Caetani di Sermoneta negli Stati Uniti d’America. La trasferta del gruppo per due festival dedicati alla cultura italiana di cui saranno ospiti d’onore. Si tratta della “Festa italiana” di Detroit, in programma dall’11 al 14 luglio, dove in qualità di “ambasciatori del folklore” italiano, sfileranno per le strade della gran...

Vince & Joe's Chef Angelo Loria came in on The Nine to make fresh ricotta cheese to fill cannoli shells along with Pasta alla Norma to preview their upcoming annual festival "Festa Buon Appetito." Watch in the video player above.  The gourmet market is celebrating their 6th annual Festa Buon Appetito on Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The...

Lucia Liano-Button of St. Joseph says her heart is divided between two countries – the United States, where she lives, and Italy, her home country where her three adult children live. “Half of me is over there all the time,” she said. “In fact, even my phone is on their time.” Liano-Button said she has a passion for sharing Italy with other people...

It’s impossible to get through a day in Chicago without thinking about Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Whether you’re a North sider or a South sider, references to Rizzo’s charity are deeply ingrained in the city. When you order dinner at Buona Beef — a local Italian beef chain — one of your options is a beef sandwich called “The Anthony...

Matt Costello and his wife have talked about settling down and starting a family. But, for now, home is where the hoop is. After winning Mr. Basketball at Bay City Western in 2012 and helping Michigan State University reach the Final Four in 2015, basketball is now Costello's job. And his work has taken him across the country and around the globe....

In the rush to write about what’s new and what’s next in the world of restaurants, what’s been around awhile often gets neglected — places like Filippo’s Italian Restaurant in West Allis, a kind of time capsule where classics rule. Somehow, I’d never been to Filippo’s until a few months ago, even though the restaurant has been around since 1972 (as...

Former resident of Harbor Springs and business owner Erdie Melotti passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 surrounded by family in Niagara on-the-Lake. Erdie was born on September 15, 1920 shortly after the family arrived from Italy. In 1921, Giovanni and Marietta returned to Le Marche, a beautiful region in central Italy where Erdie was ba...

A region of Ohio steeped in Italian culture is showing off its local cuisine with a new culinary passport. The Italian Food Trail is designed to draw tourists and residents to 15 participating restaurants, markets, pizza shops and wineries throughout Trumbull County, to appreciate the Italian food offerings. Some of the county’s most memorable dish...

Giovanni Castiglione was walking through the concourse at Progressive Field with his family and friends when he was approached by two men who asked to take a photo with him. Castiglione, 16, sheepishly giggled and posed with the two gentlemen who were in their 40s. “Dude, you were awesome tonight. THAT’S the way the anthem is supposed to be sung,”...