NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

By Matthew Rigali Paesano's Pasta House owner Mike Patterson said the restaurant business has been in his blood since age 14. But it wasn't always his life's work. "I did a lot of radio," Patterson said. "I was in radio for 12 years."   A job opportunity with a large communications company brought Patterson from New Jersey to Oxford. B...

The recent flurry of Italian restaurant openings (Nico Osteria, Eataly, Cicchetti, Azzurra) has us thinking about some of our favorite classic Italian foods. Namely, sfogliatelle.   A successful sfogliatella—the clamshell-shaped, baked ricotta–filled pastry associated with Naples—is a creature borne of patience and balance. Producing its cru...

by Ceasar Maragni   Another Herrin Festa Italiana is in the books and thanks to great weather, hundreds of hard working volunteers and thousands of southern Illinoisans who know a good time when they see one, it was another successful festival. The five-day fair concluded Monday evening with the final of five straight nights of power packed...

The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there's one change he would like to make to his title. "Leave out the 'little' thing," he said. "I'm 8 years old, come on." Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year's Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won the title of Little Miss Ital...

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014, 5:30 P.M.Cleveland Institute of Art, Russell B. Aitken Auditorium "The Art of Designing Everything: The Life and Work of Massimo Vignelli"   A lecture on the work of iconic graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. Special guest speakers Professor R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at the Rochester...

Emerging Italian production players Wildside and Indiana have joined forces to form Inside, a new outfit dedicated to luring foreign productions to Italy where a flurry of international shoots is starting to flock, including MGM's "Ben Hur" and upcoming James Bond pic "Spectre."   The new company, a first for Italy, is being conceived as a "...

For the third year, Unione Donne Italiane all'Estero will host a dinner to honor and recognize women. This is a tax exempt association and they take pride in aiding battered women. In 2014, the group donated $500 to the Turning Point in Mount Clemens, a charity to assist women in need.   Proceeds from this year's event will also benefit Turn...

by Marco Valsania   Italian companies took center stage yesterday at the FMI Connect, one of the leading food and beverage B2B fairs in the United States. Italy was named host country at the three-day event in Chicago, that brings together 900 sellers from all over the world and thousands of buyers from large American supermarket chains. &n...

Mid-Ohio Opera will perform the Italian romantic comedy opera "L'elisr d'amore" (The Elixir of Love) by Donizetti, in full production, at Mansfield Senior High auditorium at 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 3 p.m. July 26.   The story is of a shy country boy who falls in love, but feels he needs a boost from a quack doctor's magical elixir to speak his...

Madonna del Campo announces their yearly festivities commemorating their love for the Blessed Mary under her title Madonna Del Campo, beginning with 10 a.m. Mass at St. Francis/St. Maximilian Church, 62811 New Haven Road, Ray Twp. (29 Mile at North Ave.), MI, followed by a procession, then all day festivities at Camp Rotary, Wolcott Hall and Pavili...

By Marc Bona   Being 100 percent Italian, I was raised on traditional dishes. I took in the rich aromas of garlic and cheeses that wafted throughout the house, tore off bits of fresh Italian bread as I stole through the kitchen, and appreciated sauces that took all day to simmer.   With it came occasional cooking lessons. A little sal...

Joseph Martucci Jr. will be honored as Man of the Year by the Italian American Police Association on Nov. 7 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. Frank DiMaria, second vice president of the FOP Lodge 7, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. (708-268-1495) "As a lifelong union organizer, Joe has had a significant positive i...