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Italian Consul General Adriano Monti presented Umberto "Tony" Turano with the Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Stella d'Italia at the consulate's Festa della Repubblica celebration on June 2 at the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.   The award was bestowed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano upon Tony in honor of his...

by Douglas Trattner   I'm a bit of a car guy, so I was thrilled to watch — and listen — as some of the sweetest rides known to man thrummed on by. There was a cherry-red Ferrari F430 Spyder convertible, steel-blue Porsche 911 Carrera, and coal-black Maserati Quattropporte. You might assume that I was at some swanky motoring show, but I was m...

Jessica Malpede was crowned Queen of the Columbus Day parade at a glittering pageant on Sept. 20 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. "'Exciting' doesn't begin to describe the 2015 Columbus Day Queen Pageant," JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico says. "Enthusiasm radiated from the family members, friends and community leaders who attended, a...

by Paul Sciria   The Midshipmen of the Naval Academy had a great football season and are looking to get even better in the years ahead with the addition of Joey Fornaro of Chesterland, OH. The West Geauga graduate has applied for acceptance to the naval academy and his 3.8 GPA in the classroom should, most certainly, help.   Forn...

When: Friday, March 25, 2016Time: From 7 pm to 9 pmWhere: Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter 630 Old Woodward – Suite 102 Birmingham, MI 48009 . Ph. 248.250.8928   We are pleased to announce the next meeting of our Italian Book Club We welcome the Dante Alighieri members and non members to join us in this exciting adventure in the Ital...

Casa Italia will launch an Italian film series in May that represents a groundbreaking collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and its new director, Alberta Lai. "The Istituto has a long tradition of screening Italian films at its downtown offices," says Casa Language and Culture Chairman Josette Weber. "This is the first time they've...

Si è tenuta dal 18 al 21 Aprile, presso il McCormick Convention Center di Chicago, l'edizione 2016 di Coverings, la più importante manifestazione sul territorio Nord Americano per il settore dei rivestimenti "duri": ceramiche decorative e pietre ornamentali. La Coverings rappresenta infatti la piattaforma in cui si definiscono le tendenze del sett...

Purdue University is partnering with an Italian company that is establishing its North American headquarters in Anderson. The university says Italpollina is looking to create research and development partnerships as it builds its new facility next to the new Purdue Polytechnic Institute in the Madison County city.   Italpollina broke ground...

A new Italian-style deli called Casetta Kitchen and Counter is set to open downtown in February. Tommy Gering, 28, and James Juedes, 30, are longtime friends who grew up in the same Wausau neighborhood. Now both in the restaurant business, they plan to open a 40-seat casual spot in the former Bluephies Downtown Deli location at 222 W. Washingt...

Internationally acclaimed jewelry designer Marco Bicego will introduce many of his latest designs in a rare public appearance at James Free Jewelers in Montgomery, Ohio (a Cincinnati suburb) on Thursday, November 14. Bicego will mingle with fans and engrave his autograph on select pieces during the visit from 4:00-8:00 p.m. It will be one of just t...

By Ginger Reilly It is not every day that a teenager tells his parents that he wants a store, but that is exactly how one Orland Park business was born.   "That was his dream, and we all got together, and we did it together," said Lina Lamorte of her son Alex Lamorte, who was 18 when Italia Imports opened in July 1999 in Orland Park.  ...

Highwood's Del Rio Restaurant is known for its authentic Italian food and Old World ambience ­— emphasis on the word "old."   Del Rio, which turns 90 this year, may be old by industry standards, but the restaurant itself is constantly evolving. Owner Bill Pigati attributes Del Rio's success to the philosophy of the original owner, his grandm...