NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

On Thursday, February 13, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) presented the 5th Rocky Marciano Amateur Boxing Tournament. A sold-out crowd packed the Grand Piazza at the NIASHF for a great evening of fights and two award presentations honoring champion supporters Enrico Mirabelli and Mayor Ronald Serpico.   Wayne Randa...

Ha preso il via nei giorni scorsi a Chicago una rassegna dedicata alla vita e alle opere di Pier Paolo Pasolini. La kermesse, organizzata in collaborazione con il nostro Istituto di Cultura, presentera' fino al 15 maggio una serie di dodici film per commemorare il poeta italiano, scrittore, pensatore politico e regista, la cui vita e' stata stronca...

Italy's ambassador to the United States visited Milwaukee Public Schools' Victory School for the Gifted and Talented and Italian Immersion on Monday. Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero visited and spoke with students, families and staff at the school, home to what is believed to be one of the first Italian Immersion programs in the country.   Re...

The Maserati approach to automotive engineering has been articulated as a synthesis of elegance and attitude for 100 years. Now continuing that tradition in northeastern Illinois, the Italian automaker is serving clients with an intelligent expression of all-wheel drive on behalf of Chicagoland's climate challenges.   Powered by a twin-turbo...

By Mark Bennett Yards and yards of wide open, flat dirt. A batch of hard plastic spheres the size of softballs, and permission to throw them. My preschool-age sons couldn't have been happier. They got a brief taste of the ancient game of bocce ball when our family trekked to the Little Italy Festival at Clinton in the 1990s. The festival fea...

Terlato Wines has reached a long-term agreement with Italy's Collis-Riondo to become the exclusive U.S. marketer of Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco. The pact gives Terlato one of the most promising brands in the U.S. wine market's hottest category.   Riondo, known for its frizzante style that features apple and pear notes, has quickly become one...

Each year in May, Herrin shows off its proud Italian heritage at the nine-day HerrinFesta Italiana. But before the stage is up in the piazza, a group of dedicated volunteers began working on plans for HerrinFesta Italiana 2016.   The HerrinFesta Italiana committee is a not-for-profit fundraising arm of Herrin Chamber of Commerce. Cris J...

Tony Mantuano, the affable James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Master, is a purist at heart when it comes to Italian cuisine. He's been referred to (affectionately, I should add) as "The Godfather," and his Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, Spiaggia, has been going strong for 30-plus years serving Italian cuisine that's "innovative yet mindful...

A new "Italian pub" called Bar Lupo is slated to replace the shuttered Oak & Char in River North this fall. What exactly is an Italian pub, you ask? "It's a neighborhood restaurant where we hope you can go without having to overthink or over plan," says restaurateur Brian O'Connor. "It's a relaxed, fun and engaging Italian restaurant mixed wit...

Details have been scarce about the forthcoming Chicago outpost of Eataly, Mario Batali's sprawling Italian market and restaurant with locations in New York City and Rome, but beer fans will be glad to hear that brewpub planning is underway. Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head announced that it will continue its partnership with Eataly and will des...

For the third consecutive year "Festa del Vino" will be presented by the Italian-American Cultural Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. A special highlight of the evening will be a silent auction of items provided by area businesses and individuals. Well known local artist Dave Barnhouse has donated a print fr...

Now that Eataly Chicago has been operating for a couple of weeks, now that lines form daily in front of each of its 23 eateries, it's about time we recognise that Eataly Chicago, at its overstuffed heart, is also a market.   A 63,000-square-foot wonderland, importing whole octopus from Spain, making mozzarella twice an hour. But fundamental...