NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A new Italian restaurant opened in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine this week that features homemade pastas, a wide selection of wines and family recipes. Thunderdome Restaurant Group opened Pepp & Dolores on Tuesday. The Italian restaurant is located at the corner of Vine and West 15th streets. "We’ve always wanted to open an Italian restaurant and we...

Celebrating 42 years of Italian Americans in Sports, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame hosted its annual star-studded Induction and Awards Gala on Saturday, November 9th at the Westin O’Hare. With 650 guests on hand, the NIASHF welcomed the all-star class of 2019, which included Super Bowl Champion, Glenn Carano; National Hot Rod As...

Passero, the popular Italian-American restaurant that's been a fixture in the downtown Arlington Heights dining scene since 2017, opened Thursday at a new location that doubles the capacity of its dining room. The move shifts the eatery from its original 50-seat location at 5 W. Campbell St. to the former California Pizza Kitchen space at 3 S. Ever...

This piece is part of an occasional series on metro Detroit's immigrant chefs. If you know of a chef we should profile, let us know! Luciano Gianino is committed to providing visitors to his family-run restaurant with real Italian meals, the kind he remembers from his youth in Sicily. Located near 17 Mile and Garfield Roads in Clinton Township, Luc...

Who's to say the effects absentee celebrity chefs have on a city's collective psyche? Yes, you're worthy enough for us to grant you our presence, but temper that excitement – it'll only be for a day. Possibly two. That sort of treatment won't help our inferiority complex any, so maybe a "glass half-full" approach is the way to go. Maybe we should j...

The North American Pizza & Culinary Academy in Lisle is gearing up for its second annual Festa della Sopressata. Slated for Feb. 1, the competition will pit local sopressata makers in a pitched battle for first, second and third place trophies and prizes. The event is hosted by NAPCA founder and master instructor Leo Spizzirri and his partner, foun...

One of the newest additions to the Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop is Pacino’s, an Italian restaurant that specializes in Sicilian-inspired dishes. With a warm and inviting atmosphere that matches the food, the restaurant that opened on November 15th has already been garnering some attention in the area with dishes like the Sicilian Artichok...

Retired CFO Mark M. Corrado will ascend to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at a black-tie optional installation dinner on Jan. 18 at the Medinah Country Club. For reservations, call Michael Russotto at 630-222-2686. Corrado has been a member of the Columbian Club since 2006, but he was introduced to the organization more than 40 yea...

The In Her Shoes Foundation presented public health nutritionist Carl Amendola D’Anca with its 2019 Women Who Change the World Leadership Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Chicago Medical School, D’Anca has dedicated herself to “raising awareness, inspiring change and improving the health of the nation” in response to the gro...

The Illinois/Wisconsin Grand Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America welcomed a new lodge to the family. Lodge Amicizia #2999 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was chartered on Nov. 2 at Casa Capri in Kenosha. On hand for the ceremony were Lodge President Joseph Cardinali, National 4th Vice President Richard R. Della Croce, Grand Lodge Presi...

It may only be December, but the Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival Committee is already preparing for the 2020 event. They are holding a Christmas Gala fundraiser for the festival at Undo's West this weekend. It will feature an Italian dinner, cookie table, dancing, entertainment by Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, and an Italian auction....

On the heels of another disappointing season, Mark Dantonio seems to be on shaky ground at Michigan State. Not in the eyes of Tom Izzo, who made a passionate defense for Dantonio during an interview Tuesday with the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.  "The haters are gonna hate, that’s about as normal as you can get. If you look at his recor...