NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Author of Historical Novels on Italian Immigrants to Host Workshop and Book Discussion in Cleveland.  The events are presented by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit and Hon. Consulate of Italy in Cleveland in partnership with Western Reserve Historical Society, the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation, The Laura and Alvin Siegal Center fo...

Dawnette and Dale Michael of Plainwell, Michigan enjoyed the trip of a lifetime recently, as winners of the Baci Perugina Chocolate and Lavazza Coffee "Chocolate Lovers Dream Trip" to Italy.   The lucky winners joined almost a million other chocoholics at the annual Eurochocolate Festival, an annual festival hosted by the hilltop town of Per...

by Heidi Prescott It's down to the final two in the Pizza Wars battle. Giannetto's Pizza in Granger will take on Rocco's Restaurant in South Bend in the final round of voting that kicks off Thursday in St. Joseph County. More than 76,000 votes were cast in the first two rounds of the competition across northern Indiana, blowing last year's B...

By Samantha NelsonThe owners of Armand's Pizzeria currently operate multiple sit-down restaurants and carryout- and delivery-focused locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, but the very first was called Armand's Victory Tap when it opened in 1956. The chain's newest location, which launched in February, pays tribute to that legacy by serving...

We are Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. We are also known as and the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's Italian Area Interest Group.   An opportunity for you to learn and to search for your relatives will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 starting at 1:00 p...

by Liz Biro   When Mario Batali's handlers told me I had seven minutes, from precisely 12:06 to 12:13 p.m., to interview the chef while he was visiting Market District in Carmel Nov. 21, I thought, oh boy, what a prima donna. Maybe it was his Italian charm, but Batali won me over.   He's a nice guy, a fast friend taking extra time not...

By Sandra Tornberg   Soprano Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi returned to Detroit to sing the role ofCio-Cio-San in the Michigan Opera Theatre's fabulous production of "Madame Butterfly" on November 21 and 23. Ms. D'Annunzio Lombardi gave a brilliant performance as the trusting and faithful fifteen-year-old former geisha who marries the shallow U....

The Italian American Association has been busy delivering gifts to children in the community. The association donated gifts to the 70 children, ages three months to five years, who live at the House on the Hill in Goshen. Santa handed out the goodies to each child on Dec. 11. House on the Hill Migrant Child Center is accredited by the Nationa...

An excellent meal at an Italian restaurant is one of the best dining experiences you can have. And who isn't in the mood for Italian all the time? I know I am. There are TONS of great Italian restaurants in Illinois. We surveyed ten of the best across the whole state.   1. Enoteca Roma Ristorante - In Chicago, Enoteca Roma gives you a taste...

by Leonard F. Amari   This month, we highlight the distinguished career of Frank A. Pasquale, mayor of Bellwood. The three-term mayor was elected in 2001, after serving as a Memorial Park District Commissioner for 20 years and as a village trustee for six. When Frank ran for re-election in April, he let it be known it was because many o...

By Lincoln Wright   On the walls of Sam's Italian Kitchen are black and white photos. Photos of family, of owner Sam Macri and his wife, Tammy — and displayed prominently in the center of the restaurant — a photo of Sam making a pizza in his younger days at the Volcano Restaurant when it was located in downtown South Bend.   For 55 ye...

A filmmaker archive at the University of Michigan Library is gaining an important female voice. Nancy Savoca, the director of independent movie standouts like 1989's "True Love," will be giving her personal papers to the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection, U-M announced Thursday afternoon.    She is the first woman to be...