NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Daniel Gerzina "Cooking with a traditional heart and a modern hand." That's the phrase that chef Sarah Grueneberg and her team constantly reiterate, a question that they ask of themselves about every dish they present, dishes that Grueneberg says she "cooks from a soulful place."   It's what they hope will be recognizable to everyone who...

Vincenzo "Dontino" Maltempi immigrated from Italy in 1953 at age 32 and set about fulfilling the American Dream, working for a cement company and then for Fairlawn polymer company A. Schulman Inc. It wasn't until 1975 that he turned his love of cooking into his livelihood, buying with his son, Carlo, an old bar and eatery in Akron's North Hill tha...

When it comes to history, there are some things that should never be forgotten. That's the case in the local Italian-American community, which has planned a fundraiser to commemorate a fatal train crash that occurred in Adrian, Michigan, in 1901.   It was the night before Thanksgiving and more than 100 Italian immigrants were traveling...

Italian-born air brush and graphic design artist Simone Millo is chasing a dream. Millo, 26, from Giulianova, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, finished his second-level degree in visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (equivalent to a master's degree in the U.S.) in May.   Immediately, he started looking for ways to pursue his dream...

It only took seconds before two people at Table #15 said, "How's your son, Giordano, who we met in Oak Park's Ciceroni." Ciceroni is an Italian language support group that used to meet at Mancini's Restaurant on Lake Street. Now it meets at Casa Italia cultural center in Stone Park.   Vincenzo DiVito, a jovial gentleman who hails from the Ba...

by Leonard F. Amari   Earlier this year, Metra announced the appointment of John A. Milano as the agency's Deputy Executive Director for Administration effective February 1. Metra, of course, is the Northeast Illinois Regional Railroad Corporation, Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority. Milano, 50, who was Metra's...

By Debbi Snook   While our Thanksgiving dinners are trussed up in American traditions, Christmas leaves a little wiggle room for overseas adventure. If you aren't already wedded to your usual ham, fish or another turkey, anything goes – as long as it sparkles.   Add an ethnic twist – let's say Italian – and you can plunge into the col...

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm - Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago - Join film director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu as he presents his latest documentary. Question and answers will follow.BlaxploItalian is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItal...

There are dozens of Italian restaurants in Chicago, but only a small percentage go that extra mile and make all of their pastas in-house from scratch. A new restaurant in the West Loop is committed to hand-making everything, including one pasta dish that has become a personal favorite.   When Sarah Grueneberg left Spiaggia, she took wit...

Era abruzzese "Il Principe in cucina" dei ristoratori in America. Salvatore Presutti era nato nel 1889 a Pratola Peligna (AQ).   Il grande attore Bob Hope degli "spaghetti fatti in casa" nel Ristorante "Presutti's Villa" disse: "un giorno spero di trovarli anche in paradiso". La storia di un altro figlio d'Abruzzo raccontata da Geremia Manci...

CHICAGO — A major Italian comic-art school is opening a campus on the Near West Side.The Scuola Internazionale di Comics, a 34-year-old art school specializing in comics and animation, chose Chicago as its first location outside Italy.It has nine Italian campuses, with headquarters in Rome. It boasts 30 alumni working for major U.S. comics publishe...

You are cordially invited to attend PARLIAMO ITALIANO, the first Networking event of the year. Meet new members and enjoy a taste of Italian wines & appetizers. RSVP today TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 - Starting at 6:00pm at DalTile Showroom, 316 W. Hubbard St. - Chicago, IL   IACC Members $15 ...