NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Opening a box of Italian cookies from Peter Sciortino Bakery has an undeniable sweetness – like a mix of happy family memories and buttery goodness. Since Peter Sciortino and his wife, Grace, opened the bakery in 1947, it has grown into a beloved fixture on Brady Street. It opened just one year after Glorioso’s Italian Market, another legendary bus...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan (IACCM) proudly announced the results of its 2024 scholarship competition at its monthly meeting on June 5 at the Italian American Cultural Center. The Honorable Joseph Toia, Macomb County Circuit Court, has been chairman of the IACCM Scholarship Committee for more than twenty years and once agai...

The Italian students at Ridgewood High School in Norridge were proud to play host to a delegation from Italy on May 23. Among the honored guests were Attilio Fontana, president of the region of Lombardy; Raffaele Cattaneo, the region’s undersecretary for European and International Public Relations; Maria Luisa Scalise, the region’s director of Inte...

A national sub sandwich spot will add its fourth central Ohio storefront before the end of the month.DiBella’s Subs will open its newest Columbus-area eatery on June 26. It will be located at 4980 E. Dublin Granville Rd., on the border of Westerville and New Albany. “We’re so excited to open the fourth DiBella’s in Columbus as we expand our footpri...

Lina Insana, associate professor of Italian, is part of a project with the Senator John Heinz History Center and partners at West Virginia University that received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The $50,000 grant supports the Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map (IDARM) project, which catalogues archival materials th...

Like other social clubs felled by the worldwide pandemic, the Burgio Woman’s Club could have dissolved in recent years. Instead, the 71-year-old nonprofit organization based in the Chicago area is experiencing a resurgence of new activity. “Our members really worked hard to keep it moving forward, and now we are stronger and more active than ever b...

Defining her identity and pinpointing where she feels most at home — in Italy or the United States — has never been easy for Raffaella Spilotro, the director of the children’s summer camp at Casa Italia in Stone Park. That’s because, for the first nine years of her life, Spilotro grew up in Capurso, a small town in the province of Bari, Puglia, wit...

The Madison Italian Workmen’s Club was listed on the State Register of Historic places, announced the Wisconsin Historical Society on Friday. The clubhouse located at 914 Regent St. was added to the register on May 24 and was presented with a certificate by State Historic Preservation Officer, Daina Penkiunas. The Workmen’s Club was formed by 42 or...

The Italian immigrants who arrived at America’s sandy gates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came in search of many different things. Some sought the economic opportunities presented by a vast and growing economy that sprung notions of wealth and grandeur. Some yearned to break free from a distant northern-centered government that suffered...

The Italian Cultural Institute and Opera Festival of Chicago present an inspiring conversation about Giacomo Puccini, on the occasion of the 100th year anniversary of his passing. Specially, we will hear from world renowned tenor Jonathan Tetelman, who just finished singing the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Met, and Oliver Camacho, h...

Husband and wife team Lia Pennacchi and Chase Williams are putting the final touches on Plume, an Italian restaurant they are opening on Rockford’s North End later this month. “This is a gorgeous location,” Pennacchi said. “This a wonderful area with just absolutely amazing business owners and amazing neighbors.” The location is 1132 Auburn St., wh...

Nominations for Honorees who will be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2024 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include:  Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.  Anyone is welcome to submit an ho...