NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association will hold its annual Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. The event will honor Rockford-area Italian Americans who have made significant contributions to the Italian-American community and will feature a socia...

The Air Force hockey team enters this weekend with a bye and coach Frank Serratore dropped a bombshell during his weekly press conference.   He has never lost to Bye. "I look at our schedule and I see Bye listed there," he said. "I am calling it right now. We will destroy Bye. Bye has no chance against us. I have never lost to them. You...

Thanks to this column, and my "check-ins" on Facebook when I am out researching somewhere, my friends know to contact me if they have a question about their Chicago or Italian heritage. I received a call from the sister of one of those friends last week.   She has been bitten by the genealogy bug, and despite her best efforts, she was unable...

by Joyce Mariani   Like a giant that awakens from a deep slumber, Cleveland's Italian community is in the midst of a vibrant cultural rebirth, a "risorgimento culturale," born from a desire to fully embrace the great mosaic of Italy's rich cultural heritage. Ohio has one of the largest populations of Italian Americans, numbering approximate...

by Jim Kasuba   Fundraisers always seem better when good food is involved. If that's the case, it's hard to beat a fundraiser like "A Taste of Italy," which is centered around the sampling of genuine Italian food, as well as Italian and California wines.   Last month's event at the Downriver Italian-American Hall continued a decadelo...

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...