NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco's Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Mag...

It's about a month until the 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival gets underway, with this year's event set for July 24-26 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.   The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival began in 1983 as the brain child of Anthony Zambito, Vincent Colaianni, Anthony Iannarelli and Benny Battistelli who visited the Cl...

by Mitch Stacy   The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-old-old daughter who's slowly going blind started by showing her wondrous sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers and her family will travel to Italy sometime next spring thanks to Turkish Airlin...

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, the interactive, semi-improvised dinner theater piece set at an Italian wedding, is set to renew its vows with Chicago beginning in September.   The show, which had a 16-year run in Chicago before a "temporary hiatus" in 2009 became permanent, plans a limited run September 22–December 30. The new staging, directed by...

An Italian company will break ground Wednesday afternoon on its new North American headquarters in Anderson. Italpollina is investing $9 million in the 70,000 square-foot facility, located on the former GM Scatterfield site.   The new facility is expected to bring 35 jobs to Anderson. The city says Italpollina will begin hiring for various p...

An annual soiree is bringing together some of the best Italian restaurants in the area as a benefit for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. "A Taste of Italy" takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Downriver Italian American Club Hall, 646 Biddle Ave., and features Italian food, wine and music.

Dave Robinson came to Green Bay when African-American players were still a rarity for the Packers.   Robinson joined "Sports Central" on Tuesday night to discuss his initial days with the Packers. He was full of praise for head coach Vince Lombardi and how he handled his players being treated unfairly around the city.   Read more...

by Daniel I. Dorfman   One of the concerns for years regarding downtown Glencoe has been a lack of dining options, but an area businessman is hoping his experience in the restaurant world will change that perception.   Glenview entrepreneur Rick Raschillo is planning to open Cibo Trattoria with a focus on upscale Italian food. The new...

by Gus Burns   As Christopher Columbus Day came to a close Monday, Detroit's own Christopher Columbus statue stood defiled by vandals. For most of the day, a hatchet stuck from the center of the Italian explorer's likeness. A bystander climbed up and removed it about 4 p.m., remarking that it was disrespectful.   Tape that held t...

by Ashok Selvam The wait's almost over for the North Shore as the owners behind Ballaro, a new 112-seat Italian restaurant, hope —pending inspections— that they'll open in three to four weeks in suburban Highwood. The restaurant, an homage to Italy's Ballaró market in Palermo, was conceived by two North Shore friends, Mark Newman and Josh Kaplan,...

Sons of Italy Southeastern Ohio, Lodge 2990, will host a Wine Tasting Event fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Son's of Italy Lodge in the basement of the Redbrick Tavern in Athens at 14 N. Court St. The event is $25 per person and all are invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Doug Flutie Autism Association.   A Fl...

This month we highlight the distinguished career of highly respected academic leader, John P. Pelissero.John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., became interim president at Loyola University Chicago on July 1, having previously served as provost.   He is also a political science professor at Loyola, where he has been a member of the faculty for 30 years. H...