NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Italian American Veterans Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film "Mister Roberts" at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 7. The screening will benefit Hines Veterans Hospital. Admission is alcohol free toiletries and other items, such as aftershave, mouthwash, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving cream and disposable razors, combs, and...

by Marissa Conrad   Pasta and prosciutto butter toast await in the West Loop. "I'm getting my second espresso right now," says Sarah Grueneberg with a laugh as she bustles around the kitchen of Monteverde, her new Italian restaurant in the West Loop.   It's a busy morning: Besides the typical dough prep — most pastas on the menu...

A trifecta of talent completes what could be called a total transformation at Formento's. The red-sauce Italian spot recently welcomed new executive chef Stephen Wambach, followed by wine director Jen Schmitt. Now, B. Hospitality Co. (The Bristol, Balena) has named Cristiana DeLucca as Formento's first-ever bar director.   DeLucca comes to F...

La Coord3 Industries SRL di Bruzolo (TO) ha recentemente aperto un centro vendite e servizi a Wixom, Michigan.La struttura, che comprende un centro di ricostruzione e di produzione di Macchine di Misura a Coordinate (CMM), è il risultato di un grande lavoro per espandere la rete Coord3 globalmente e in Nord America, che l'azienda considera un merca...

The Italian American Society of Peoria will hold its 84th annual Italian Summer Festa from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Grove Park in North Peoria. (Hickory Grove Road off Knoxville Ave, follow signs). The Summer Festa Picnic is a long-standing family event held by the society every year since its founding in 1929 as a time for Italian familie...

by Larry Fugate   When time is tight and local families want to eat healthy without the fuss of cooking, many are heading down River Road to Palumbo's Italian Market in Granville.   "We felt there was an opportunity in town with the large college population and the number of two-income families with children," owner Paul Palumbo says...

by Sandra Tornberg   Ottavio Mecca has helped many of us through the process of obtaining Italian citizenship, in addition to having helped many in the Italian community with their U.S. Immigration questions and issues. On August 17 he and his wife Angela were sworn in as U.S. citizens at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroi...

by Florence Nelson The piccolo used to be just a "little wooden flute" to most people. We heard it played in bands — especially in "The Stars and Stripes Forever" — and in an occasional Vivaldi concerto performance. That was about it. Composers used the piccolo to provide color in orchestral works — the way cooks spice up their sauces with garlic...

by Lou Carlozo   If you think it's a long way from the Chicago to the South Pacific, then you haven't watched Lawrence E. DiStasi making magic on stage. And magic isn't too strong a word: As a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre, DiStasi helped conjure from thin air a theater company that has become a Chicago gem.   And it's with...

Creating a memorial sculpture for the Italian immigrant victims of the "Wreck on the Wabash" is personal for Detroit artist Sergio De Guisti. An Italian-American immigrant himself, De Guisti said when he heard of the effort in Adrian to recognize the victims of the 1901 train crash, he wanted to put his all into honoring the victims. So he is...

This weekend, Sophia's opened in the historic space last occupied by Sandra Bullock's Bess Bistro. Chicago's BDG Hospitality conceptualized the Italian restaurant, which will feature executive chef Mark Sparacino (of Chicago's Topo Gigio, Sparacino, PROSECCO and more) at the helm, with Tom Schmitt as chef de cuisine.​ The gist: Though plenty of It...

Dolores Pigoni-Miller teaches Italian at Ridgewood High School in Norridge. Her leadership in her AP Italian Culture and Literature class has led her students to pursue a variety of fundraisers to help Italy's victims of an August 2016 earthquake.   Q: What made you decide to do the fundraiser? A: In all of my classes, we were reading artic...