NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Since 1975, Calabria Imports has been a staple of Italian food for communities throughout the area. This family-owned Italian market and deli has focused on quality ingredients and affordable prices, and in a community known as a haven for the South Side Irish, Calabria Imports has established itself as a haven for anyone who loves Italian food. Mo...

Piada Italian Streetfood, a Columbus-based company, has partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to launch Piada Gives, an opt-in donation program. Guests who opt-in to the program via the new Piada app will automatically donate 1% of every purchase to a charity or non-profit making an impact. “Service is at the heart of what we do at Piad...

Mary Josephine D’Amico was the oldest child and only daughter in a close-knit Italian family. Her parents made sure she and her brothers were raised with Italian customs, celebrated Italian feasts, and had a sense of pride in their Italian heritage. Church was also a central part of family life in the D’Amico household. Mary Jo’s prayer life, inclu...

Gary, Indiana will be replacing Columbus Day with a holiday representing the late former Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. The Gary Common Council approved the move on Wednesday. Hatcher, one of the first African-American mayors of a large, U.S. city, died on Dec. 13, 2019 at the age of 86. In the late 1960s, Hatcher and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes wer...

After opening several acclaimed restaurants in Minneapolis, Daniel del Prado will bring his culinary talents to Wayzata. The restaurateur and chef behind Colita, Martina and Rosalia Pizza (and formerly Bar La Grassa and Burch Steak and Pizza Bar) is prepping his latest restaurant, Josefina, at 739 Lake St. E. in downtown Wayzata. The space was mos...

Ron Pizzuti has strong opinions on public art—and the city hasn’t always agreed with them. Nearly a decade ago, the Columbus developer and renowned art collector launched a campaign to bring a new artistic landmark to the Downtown riverfront: a six-story, hourglass-shaped steel sculpture called Columbiad.  Pizzuti viewed the proposal as a chance to...

Fast-casual Portillo's will open its Chicago-style hot dog joint on Hall Road in mid-March, the Chicago-based company announced this week. Construction crews are hard at work on the 7,900-square-foot building at 14425 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. The site was formerly occupied by Andiamo Italian Bistro, which was demolished. Opening day for...

A Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage will be opening several months from now at the vacant Boston Market fast-food restaurant that went out of business last April, Joliet Patch has learned. On Friday afternoon, Joliet Pop's franchise owner Joe Haberkorn had great things to say about the City of Champions. He said he plans to become a strong community pa...

Talented teens and young adults tend to view themselves as invincible. Even when they suffer a major setback or two, they often emerge humbler but still immensely confident. But what happens to a star athlete and corporate wunderkind who gets sidelined not once, but four times by serious health issues? In the case of Chris Bordoni, the answer defie...

The dining room at Café La Bellitalia on North Sherman Avenue has been closed since Gov. Tony Evers’ original “Safer at Home” order went into effect in March. Joe Pipitone, 36, who helped his parents, Pietro, 61, and Josephine Pipitone, 58, open the restaurant in 2006, said he gets lots of calls, as well as people walking in, wanting to eat inside...

One of six children, Louis (Lou) Mirabelli was born in Chicago. His parents, Enrico and Mariane (Mirabelli) Mirabelli, emigrated from Cosenza. The growing family moved from apartment to apartment in the vicinity of Taylor Street and Hermitage. “It seemed like every time the people would raise the rent, my father would say, ‘OK, let’s pick up our fu...

Alan Canfora wouldn’t like a teary obituary. He didn’t like mawkishness, particularly sentimental descriptions of his decadeslong dedication to righting the wrongs of what he called the National Guard’s “intentional massacre” of four Kent State University students on May 4, 1970. Canfora, who spearheaded the 50-year-long movement for social justice...