NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

An Italy-based industrial filter manufacturer is expanding its presence in Delaware County. Filtrec says it will invest more than $1 million to establish its new North American headquarters and an assembly plant just south of Muncie and create up to 21 jobs by the end of the year. Filtrec acquired the former Taurus Tool building near State Road 67...

While seating ourselves in Aracri Pizzeria on Gay Street during a recent weekday visit, my designated dining companion and I gave the Downtown restaurant a once-over. We saw a long, narrow and inviting space with parlor-style furniture, a compact bar (with a few Ohio brews on tap), vintage brick and wood, subway-style tiles, a tall raftered ceiling...

In Italian, a novella means a short story. The translation had me wondering as I pulled into a busy Powell parking lot on a Saturday night: What kind of tale is Novella Osteria trying to tell?  The answer is apparent from one quick scan of the menu: This is a love story to pasta in all its classic interpretations. The author is chef-owner Matthew P...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan (IACCM) proudly announced the results of its 2022 scholarship competition at its monthly meeting on June 1 at the San Marino Club. The Honorable Joseph Toia, Macomb County Circuit Court, has been chairman of the IACCM Scholarship Committee for the past twenty years and once again presided over th...

At Mare Mediterranean in Birmingham, you’ll be greeted by a video wall playing scenes of people dancing underwater. While sitting at your table, you’ll be distracted by the people who appear to be regulars filling the loud and lively dining room. You’ll strain at times to hear your companions over pulsating electronic music that seems more fitting...

It’s one of Indy’s most loved and most-attended church festivals in Indianapolis, and it’s happening this weekend. That’s right, we’re talking about the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival. For those who don’t know, this festival is all about food, and it’s happening on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Churc...

Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation’s Chairman, Umberto Fedeli, and his wife Maryellen recently made a historic gift, the largest gift ever bestowed to pediatric programs at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. The Fedeli Family was honored at the Children’s Hospital “Derby Day Soirée” and it was announced the lobby at Cleveland Clinic Children’s is...

For survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels fire Tuesday was a day of emotion. Ninety-five people, nearly all of them children perished the blaze in 1958.  Survivors and community members gathered at the site for a ceremony decades in the making. The statute of the Virgin Mary, that stood on site that fateful day 62 years ago, is home again — with...

Benld hosted its 68th annual Italian American days over Memorial Day weekend, with events and entertainment lasting from Friday, May 27 until Sunday, May 30. The Italian Club of Benld hosts this annual celebration every Memorial Day weekend at the Benld City Park. The club organizes and runs the event and proceeds from the festival are used to fund...

The city of Carmel has a new special partnership with a town all the way in the Tuscany region of Italy. Cortona, located in the country's Arezzo province, is Carmel's newest Sister City. That means the communities will promote "international goodwill, understanding, student educational exchanges and expanded business relationships between the two...

The Lemont Classic Car Club and Reel Stories Productions will present a benefit concert and classic car show on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 from 500 PM-9:00 PM at Konows Farm, 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, IL. Rain date will be Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. All ages welcome. Headlining the event are1960’s rock and roll music legends, Ray Graffia and...

For the next edition of #OnTapEats, I traveled to Midlothian to Bartolini’s to try their deep-dish pizza. Bartolini’s was suggested by “BIG DUB” and is located at 14420 S. Pulaski Rd. just a few minutes off of I-294 and right next to the Secretary of State facility. Bartolini’s has been serving up fresh pies, Italian beef, and homemade meatballs si...