NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Kate Abbey-Lambertz When Ariel Millan received a message at 5:40 a.m. Monday that his sous chef Mateo Burns was having a baby, he said okay and went back to sleep.   Several minutes later, the executive chef of Detroit's newest Italian restaurant woke up with a start and an expletive, sent a congratulatory text and headed into Ottava Via...

Walking through Eataly, New York City's 50,000-square-foot homage to all things delizioso, is like dying and going to Italian foodie heaven.   You pass by cases groaning with formaggio, salumi, pasta, biscotti, cannoli, and gelati. You weave through crowded stalls selling wines, olive oils, aged balsamic vine- gars, spices, and even cookbook...

This hot spot is located in the old Madison Theatre building, right across the street from the Detroit Opera House. While it's known for its hearty Italian fare (much of which can be served gluten-free!) it also has a stocked bar with ample seating, perfect to grab a drink before or after a show.   While it is perhaps geared more toward the...

Lots of hungry people showed up at St. Celestine Catholic Church recently to get a good meal at the second of three Lenten dinner fundraisers there. On March 6 in the church school's gym, parishioners and supporters paid $10 for a meal with three entrees, a salad bar and dessert. Raffle tickets were also sold for various prizes, including a flat-sc...

By Leeann Doerflein   Chef Yusmin Puche Gottardo is bringing her authentic Italian cooking that has grown popular at farmers markets in Crawfordsville and Lafayette to a storefront at 127 E. Main Street. Gottardo and her husband, Valentino, are bringing Crawfordsville a taste of the old country their new restaurant, Valentino Italian Cuisine...

In a recent span of five weeks, the world of college athletics and America as a whole recognized DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto.   Last month, Ponsetto traveled to New York to be honored by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) with its Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Since 1986, distinguished Americans have been...

by C.J. Martello When it comes to writing this column, I am sometimes at a loss for a topic and then, I receive a gift of buona fortuna. That's what happened this month. On a Wednesday, my buddy Ed Wolak and I decided to try out the $8.95 Italian Feast Buffet at Carlo Lorenzetti's.   On the following Sunday, I was invited by my friend...

The 36th Annual Festa Italiana will be Aug. 1-3 on the Boylan High School grounds, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford.   Special attractions include great Italian food and pastries, bocce tournaments for men's and women's teams, carnival rides and children's crafts. There will be continuous musical entertainment like BritBeat, Tony Spavone, Jo...

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced today that Dale Buuck, vice president of business development, will be traveling to Germany, Switzerland and Italy later this month.   The trip is intended to promote Northeast Indiana to European companies who have an interest in establishing operations in the Midwest and introducing Nort...

The Detroit Waza Flo professional soccer team is starting this inaugural season in the new Major Arena Soccer League by making sure they have a stellar coaching staff to lead them. The organization made an impressive move by signing Mirco Gubellini as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 MASL season. He previously played professional soccer in Ita...

More than 11 years ago, the native of Italy entered Lake Forest Country Day School for the first time. Alessandro "Ale" Raganelli was six years old, a boy who knew just a few more words in the English language than most newborns in the United States know.   The first-grader from Rome uttered two words quite often back then. "Little" was one....

Are you in the mood for Italian food? Well, here's a great reason to indulge your craving for pasta. The Association for Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County is hosting their 8th Annual Italian Feast fundraiser this weekend. Here with more about this tasty fundraiser is Jonathan Gaurke​,Director of Administrative Services.   If you wo...