NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Just when you think pizza can't get any better in Chicago (the best pizza town in the world), along comes Forno Rosso to make you rethink everything you knew about pizza. This is not your classic Chicago Style Deep-Dish Pizza. Nor is it your classic New York Thin-Crust Pizza either. Forno Rosso Napoletana is in a class by itself!   This plac...

Graduating seniors from Genesee County will compete for Paulo Busti Foundation Scholarship at the 31st Annual Scholarship Award Night scheduled for June 15 at Terry Hills. Candidates include:Michael Rose, son of Michael and Tina Rose is a senior at Batavia High School. Michael played basketball for four years, baseball for three years and tennis f...

Prior to arriving at Highland Park High School two years ago, Maria Barbanente had already blazed a trail where life's adventures had added depth to her linguistic skills. The daughter of native Italians from the Puglia region, Barbanente had a master's degree in education, and a certification in Spanish, by the time she arrived in Madrid, Spain to...

Coram USA LLC, a global manufacturer of automotive components, will invest $1.1 million to expand its Fort Wayne, Indiana, production facilities, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2016.   The company, which is a subsidiary of the Italy-based Coram Group, will lease, renovate and equip a 20,000 square-foot facility in Fort Wayne. Coram USA plans...

by Kate Kolenda   Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in Italian, the food is inspired by the coast. Mantuano has won countless accolades...

by Leonard F. Amari   This month we highlight the distinguished career of architect John Vinci. Subjects for this column come to the attention of the author in various ways.   An article in the Chicago Tribune about the controversial three sets of copper-clad wood exterior doors at the cost of nearly $670,000 in our state capitol br...

June 7, 2015 - Sunday 12:00 PMDana Hotel - 2 West Erie - Chicago, IllinoisCome out and join the Italian American Human Relations Foundation for an afternoon of fun, friendship and a traditional Sunday afternoon Pasta Dinner.   Featuring some of Chicagoland's finest musical talent: Frank Caruso Trio, Greta Pope, Mark Madsen, Jo...

by Shia Kapos   Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance,slipped in quietly last night to the library of the University Club, where some 200 Chicago business executives and Italophiles gathered to fete him.   There had been a buzz in the room as guests anticipated his arrival. "He's the highest-...

Close your eyes and imagine this: A juicy hot dog with everything on it, Hot Italian beef with peppers, a decadent chocolate shake - and not having to go all the way to River North to get it! That's right, Portillo's is planning to open a second Chicago location in the South Loop.   Mark your calendars: According to the Chicago Tribune,...

Hoosiers looking for baked pasta, pizza and other Italian classics could soon have a few more options with the potential opening of up to 15 new Fazoli's restaurants in Central Indiana.   One restaurant is under construction in Franklin and should open this year. The company is working with franchise groups to open nine to 14 other units in...

by Lou Carlozo   Coming all the way from Italy, by musical way of Argentina, they will soon land in Chicago and show the Windy City how much musical fire can erupt from just an acoustic guitar and violin. Perugia's SatorDuo is headed to the area for a series of at least three concerts near the end of October, "and we're hoping to do fiv...

by Alberta Lai   Dear Friends, I am honored to embark on my new role as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago. Building upon the Institute's rich tradition of showcasing Italy's classic and contemporary heritage, from the humanities to science, is an exciting challenge for me, one that I embrace with great enthusiasm. I...