NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Michael Sewall   Although the Bolingbrook Rosati's Pizza is an offshoot of the company celebrating 50 years in business, it still shares in the history that goes back about a century—all thanks to Ferdinand Rosati, who ditched New York in the early 1900s for the more favorable pizza haven in Chicago.   Ferdinand, an Italian immigra...

The Sons of Italy will serve up their usual assortment of food, games and music this weekend at the annual Summer Italian Festival. Organized by the Order Sons of Italy in America Geneva Lodge 2397, the festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with bands and bar service through midnight.   "There's going to be lots of food, band...

by Ann Piccininni   The clientele at Tony Spavone's Ristorante in Bloomingdale is a devoted group. "We have people who have been coming since I opened up," said Spavone, who unveiled the 260-seat restaurant at 266 W. Lake St. 31 years ago. He said he's seen more than a few customers start out in high chairs, move up to wedding rehearsal...

By Matthew Rigali Paesano's Pasta House owner Mike Patterson said the restaurant business has been in his blood since age 14. But it wasn't always his life's work. "I did a lot of radio," Patterson said. "I was in radio for 12 years."   A job opportunity with a large communications company brought Patterson from New Jersey to Oxford. B...

The recent flurry of Italian restaurant openings (Nico Osteria, Eataly, Cicchetti, Azzurra) has us thinking about some of our favorite classic Italian foods. Namely, sfogliatelle.   A successful sfogliatella—the clamshell-shaped, baked ricotta–filled pastry associated with Naples—is a creature borne of patience and balance. Producing its cru...

by Ceasar Maragni   Another Herrin Festa Italiana is in the books and thanks to great weather, hundreds of hard working volunteers and thousands of southern Illinoisans who know a good time when they see one, it was another successful festival. The five-day fair concluded Monday evening with the final of five straight nights of power packed...

The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there's one change he would like to make to his title. "Leave out the 'little' thing," he said. "I'm 8 years old, come on." Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year's Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won the title of Little Miss Ital...

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014, 5:30 P.M.Cleveland Institute of Art, Russell B. Aitken Auditorium "The Art of Designing Everything: The Life and Work of Massimo Vignelli"   A lecture on the work of iconic graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. Special guest speakers Professor R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at the Rochester...

Emerging Italian production players Wildside and Indiana have joined forces to form Inside, a new outfit dedicated to luring foreign productions to Italy where a flurry of international shoots is starting to flock, including MGM's "Ben Hur" and upcoming James Bond pic "Spectre."   The new company, a first for Italy, is being conceived as a "...

For the third year, Unione Donne Italiane all'Estero will host a dinner to honor and recognize women. This is a tax exempt association and they take pride in aiding battered women. In 2014, the group donated $500 to the Turning Point in Mount Clemens, a charity to assist women in need.   Proceeds from this year's event will also benefit Turn...

by Marco Valsania   Italian companies took center stage yesterday at the FMI Connect, one of the leading food and beverage B2B fairs in the United States. Italy was named host country at the three-day event in Chicago, that brings together 900 sellers from all over the world and thousands of buyers from large American supermarket chains. &n...

Mid-Ohio Opera will perform the Italian romantic comedy opera "L'elisr d'amore" (The Elixir of Love) by Donizetti, in full production, at Mansfield Senior High auditorium at 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 3 p.m. July 26.   The story is of a shy country boy who falls in love, but feels he needs a boost from a quack doctor's magical elixir to speak his...