NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Salvatori’s has officially opened a new location on West Washington Center Road. The popular Italian restaurant chain had a soft opening for the past few days but officially opened their doors to customers on Wednesday. This new location is the fourth for the chain. The other locations include: - New Haven: 12244 McKenzie Dr.- Fort Wayne Southwest:...

Ravanelli’s Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar is a tradition for so many families across the Metro East, and it has been for 60 years now. Their Collinsville location is newly renovated and now includes a pretty awesome wine bar. The Ravanelli’s menu has gotten some updates, too. Ravanelli’s says that it took about seven months to get these renovatio...

Crediting the JCCIA with setting him on his life’s path, Ron Onesti is looking to return the favor as the organization’s incoming president. At awards ceremonies, it’s not uncommon for recipients to well up as they recall those who helped them earn their place at the podium. Installations of officers tend to be more stoic affairs, but there Ron One...

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is inviting current and former parishioners to buy a paver for placement in the Shrine’s Garden of Remembrance. “If you’ve ever had a special moment in this sacred place, if you’d like to honor a loved one or commemorate a special date, please consider being a part of our Garden of Remembrance,” Shrine Rector the R...

When retired Circuit Court Judge Gloria Coco isn’t teaching classes at the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, she’s on the hunt for her next acting opportunity. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, she recently landed a role in Amazon Prime’s sci-fi thriller “Utopia.” The eight-episode series stars Chicago native John Cusack and Rainn Wilson of “The...

Walking my dog, Antonio Michelangelo Martello, has proven to be an enlightening experience. As we casually stroll through beautifully preserved Pullman. I not only have the opportunity to visit with any Pullmanites we see. I also get to take note of the changes made to Pullman’s original architecture. Since 1907, all of the residences in Pullman ha...

It’s been a long, eerily quiet year at the Mazzini-Verdi Club in Franklin Park. The once-bustling facility at 9230 W. Belmont Ave. has been shuttered since March 2020 because of the pandemic, and club leaders and members are looking forward to returning to business as usual. “The club is like a second home to us, and we deeply miss gathering there,...

“Keep your reputation clean because it stays with you. If you have a good reputation, people will know it,”, said Gianni Vitale, owner of Gianni’s Restaurant in downtown Litchfield. Vitale has worked his whole life to build an outstanding reputation in the food industry. For years, he and his wife, Caterina, ran two fine dining restaurants on The H...

The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will exhibit “Andrea Palagiano: Self Conscious” in Studio M from April 3-25. The exhibition reflects the relationship between introversion and projected self and the balance between personal identity and societal expectations. Palagiano, a Northeast Ohio artist, received a bachelor’s of fine arts in 2020 wit...

Casa Italia will be ready to hit the ground running once restrictions are lifted thanks to the generosity of the Italian-American community. The Calabresi in America Organization got the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation to fund a host of improvements. Among them are new emergency and exit lighting throughout the property, new boilers in the Co...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans came roaring out of the gate at its first official meeting following the January installation of its 2021-22 officers.Recently elected President Ron Onesti and a burgeoning cadre of JCCIA leaders have the organization hitting on all cylinders as they upshift into their two-year terms. The meeting was h...

Canton Township was a much different place when Paul and Fay Palazzolo decided to open Palermo Pizzeria & Restaurant in 1981.  Very little development could be found along Ford Road west of Canton Center. Police officers would patrol the area and stop by the eatery on horseback.  But despite this, Paul Palazzolo said he had a feeling Canton would n...