NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Everyone was Italian at Viva La Panza, which drew 660 men to Todaro's Party Center on Wednesday for an evening of great food and camaraderie. Ralph Trecaso and John Montisano co-chaired the event for the Italian-American Professional Businessmen's Club, which raises funds for scholarships for students of Italian descent.   Read more  ...

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago's longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, has been extended due to popular demand and will run through the end of April 2017. Tony n' Tina's Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained m...

by Jolene Ketzenberger   Who doesn't like Italian food, right? And the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, returning June 14 and 15 after a year's hiatus, offers plenty of great eats. Plus, it's a low-stress fest — it runs for two evenings, admission is free, parking is free. If it rains, or you just can't do Friday, you can still go Saturd...

Toledo, known for auto manufacturing and glass production, may be on its way to earning a reputation as an international city.   Next month the city will play host to a two-day gathering of 20 businesses and officials from Italy seeking business and investment opportunities in northwest Ohio.   Read more   Source: http://w...

By Ross Parker   Anthony (Tony) Bertoni, a legendary law man both at the Detroit Police Department and as United States Marshal, died this past Sunday at the age of 95. The Bertoni family grew up on the eastside of Detroit during the difficult years of post World War I and the Depression. Like many bright and capable young Irish Catholi...

A fresh, nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country: this is what Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's unique, captivating narrative promises-and delivers. The Other Side of the Tiber brings Italy to life in an entirely new way, treating the peninsula as a series of distinct places, subjects, histories, and geographies bound together by a shared sens...

By Lee Morrison Arrivederci! Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival officials are bidding goodbye to the festival founded in 1989, but are proud of its legacy of providing scholarships and memories. President Bob Mueller, of Dover, said that the festival foundation's executive board — and later the full membership — voted unanimousl...

Two Indiana University faculty members in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have received major recognition for early career contributions to their fields. Computational neuroscientist Franco Pestilli has won the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contrib...

In an industry where life expectancy is notoriously brief, Jim and Pete's Italian Restaurant in Elmwood Park will be celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary throughout the month of April.   To thank their customers, owners Michael Bucchianeri and Jim Sorce, Jr. will be presenting diners with a gift card for an amount ($10-$1,000) revealed...

Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are seeking candidates to fill the position of Founding Director of the Italian American Studies Program (IASP).   One of more than 20 interdisciplinary programs in CAS, the IASP will be designed to educate students about immigrant bridges to America and the struggles...

Come spend an evening in Italy! Enjoy the local premieres of four recent, critically-acclaimed Italian films at the 2013 Italian Film Festival USA of Chicago. All films shown in Italian with English subtitles at the Chandelier Room of the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia. Sponsored by Casa Italia and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago....

With the announcement earlier this week of Mariano's Fresh Market's intention to acquire 11 of the 72 soon-to-be shuttered Chicago area Dominick's locations, Mariano's is set to become a leading grocer in Chicago. It should not be a surprise to anyone who has even casually been following grocery retail news over the past few years. From the first...