NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A new bar and Italian spot, offering pizza and more, has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The newcomer to Downtown, called Pomodoro, is located at 15 E. Maryland St. Pomodoro has pizza, pasta and wine. The restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine like meatballs, Neapolitan style wood fire pizzas, bolognese and more.  With a 3.5-star rating...

The discovery of a 1,000-gallon fuel tank stalled the transformation of the old Vanilla Bean bakery into a $2 million center of Italian dining, forcing Rocco and Matt DeFazio — the father-and son team who hope to transform the building into a destination for Italian cuisine — to again ask the city to approve plans for a project the city signed off...

A group of aldermen and several Italian American groups have filed a complaint calling the Chicago Board of Education's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day illegal. Every October, the city's Italian American community celebrates Columbus Day with a large, vibrant parade downtown. While that celebration won't change anytime...

When: Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Organized by the Italian & Italian American Professional Women Group of Chicago, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Celebrate International Women’s Day and inspirecurrent and future women leaders of Italian...

Il primo novembre 1924 la cosa migliore che potevi fare, se abitavi a Niles, nella valle del Mahoning (Ohio), era quella di startene chiuso in casa e sperare che tutto passasse in fretta. Era buona cosa se non ti facevi trovare in giro anche il giorno dopo, perché avresti rischiato di finire nel mezzo di una sparatoria, o chissà che altro, tra i Kl...

When Gianni Toffolon started making cheese, it was because he needed a job. He knew after his first batch that making cheese was more than a job. Toffolon considers cheese an art, and it is his lifelong passion. He’d never even heard of Wisconsin when he came from Italy in 1979 to work as a cheesemaker at BelGioioso Cheese in the Green Bay area. Fo...

Owners of Aliano's Ristorante in downtown East Dundee are creating a spinoff deli concept in an adjacent building that formerly housed Piece-A-Cake Bakery. Nonno's Italian Kitchen and Cafe is expected to open this spring at 304 N. River St., where an extensive interior renovation is underway, operator Lisa Seng said. The specialty shop will offer a...

Academy Award-nominated actor/writer/director Chazz Palminteri brings his personal story to life in his one-man show A BRONX TALE heading into the Mimi Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square March 22 for one 7 pm performance. (Tickets on sale at playhousesquare.org, 216-241-6000 and the Ticket Office for $79, $59.50 & $49.50.) With more than 55 films to...

Named one of the best Italian restaurants in the country, Osteria Langhe is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and it's become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Behind Osteria Langhe, there is a devoted and serious appreciation for locally-sourced fresh meat and produce that is steeped in the age-old traditions of the region...

When a restaurant has been around as long as The Red Mill inn & Pizza, 1005 S. Elm Grove Rd. in Brookfield, memories practically seep from the walls. "My grandmother used to live a couple of blocks from here, and she always told stories about how they'd line up down the street for the Friday fish fry," says Mark Zierath, who purchased The Red Mill...

Brother Samuel Mazzuchelli was glad to leave New York City. The 22-year-old Italian Dominican had grown up in the neighborhood around Milan’s great cathedral and had seen Europe’s most beautiful cities from Rome to Paris, but the New York of 1828, growing grand on the spoils of westward expansion and the labor of poor immigrants, had convinced him...

This year, the “Discovering La Famiglia” column hopes to help La Gazzetta Italiana readers find answers to their Italian genealogy questions. This month’s story is about Nora who contacted me after she received the results of her Ancestry DNA test. Nora was surprised to learn that she was about 25 percent Italian and she wanted to confirm the findi...