NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

By Sarah Bryan Miller   "Bel canto," Italian for "beautiful singing," is a phrase that gave its name to both a style of singing and a variety of 19th century Italian opera. It's the title of the award-winning 2001 novel by Ann Patchett, and, now, an opera by Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz.   Commission...

By Michelle Gallardo   The Chicago area hosted a special guest Wednesday as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi toured parts of the city and the suburbs. His first official visit to Chicago, it was the first stop in a four-day tour of the United States focused on trade issues between the U.S. and Italy. First, he took part in a ribbon c...

As a youngster in a first-generation Italian-American family in Roseland, eating out wasn't something we did very often. As a matter of fact, if I try really hard I can only recall an occasional First Communion or Confirmation that led to some fine dining, Roseland style, at Pesavento's.   As a result, finding our way out of the family kitch...

​Adjunct Professor for Italian needed at the College of DuPage (COD) for the spring semester, 2017. The College would like to hire a person with an MA in Italian. However, an MA in another language and experience in teaching languages may be adequate. The candidate must be available during the day for second semester. Summer employme...

Bella Italiana launches Tuesday at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino with an Italian-American menu that's simpler than the one at Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, which it replaces. Wild Earth closed Sunday. The new version of the Italian restaurant has more traditional Italian-American dishes, according to an announcement by the casino, 1721...

by Valeria Fanelli   The Consulate General of Italy has organized a special event, on June 2, to introduce a cinema-culinary journey designed by the images of a great Italian photo reporter, Rino Barillari to Chicago's public.   The event will represent a connection between the art of photography, the culinary Italian quality, and the...

In addition to performing in Rockford's Festa Italiana, the Amici Italiani Adult Dance Troupe is again performing at the 2014 Chicago Taylor St. Festa Italiana!   Their performance is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 2014, @ 3:00 p.m. You will be able to see them perform on the Pan American Bank Stage. See the Amici Italiani Adult Dance...

by Joel M Beall   Frequent visitors of Eden Park have undoubtedly come across the statue of a she-wolf feeding twin infants. Some might be privy to the fact that it's a replica of the famous Capitoline Wolf located in Rome, and was bestowed to Cincinnati as a gift. What might be foreign, and somewhat of a head-scratcher to observers, is...

Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco's Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Mag...

It's about a month until the 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival gets underway, with this year's event set for July 24-26 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.   The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival began in 1983 as the brain child of Anthony Zambito, Vincent Colaianni, Anthony Iannarelli and Benny Battistelli who visited the Cl...

by Mitch Stacy   The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-old-old daughter who's slowly going blind started by showing her wondrous sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers and her family will travel to Italy sometime next spring thanks to Turkish Airlin...

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, the interactive, semi-improvised dinner theater piece set at an Italian wedding, is set to renew its vows with Chicago beginning in September.   The show, which had a 16-year run in Chicago before a "temporary hiatus" in 2009 became permanent, plans a limited run September 22–December 30. The new staging, directed by...