NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

In a converted train station in north suburban Highwood, athletes from as far away as South America gathered Wednesday for what promises to be a fierce three days of competition. You could tell they were athletes because that’s what the tags said dangling from their necks — that, and the sleek warm-up suits with the names of their countries stitche...

Laura De Marchi and Olivia Ghormley of the Michigan Tech volleyball team were named All-Region by two different organizations on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Both juniors were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA). De Marchi earned AVCA All-Midwest Region honors for th...

Louis G. Piancone, 90, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at his home in Gladstone. He was born in Corato, Bari, Italy, on Jan. 1, 1929, immigrated to the United States in 1951, and became a U.S. citizen in 1957. In 1955, he achieved his personal objective of owning and succeeding in his own business by opening a delicatessen in Bra...

True steak houses, not those with minor menu mention, have again hit the taste buds of many restaurant patrons … Not that steak sales are down, but dining spots that concentrate on them seem to give the meat added attention. Like two that opened in this area and are making their presence known … Johnny’s Italian Steakhouses, Farmington Hills (Hamil...

“È bello ritrovarsi tra i siciliani in America e rivivere le tradizioni che ho vissuto in parte anche da piccola! Così è stato sabato scorso, a Chicago, per il 38esimo Anniversario della Festa in onore di Santa Fara organizzata dalla Società Santa Fara di Cinisi (Chicago), presieduta da Carlo Vaniglia, che ringrazio per l’invito e per il suo costan...

It was the worst Saturday I had worked in a long time. I was two and a half hours out of town working in Grand Rapids. I was alone, and the customer flow was so high I never got a chance to take a lunch. By the time my shift was done, I was famished. I got some good food ideas from the customers, but one suggestion stood out to me: Pietro’s Italian...

Certain entities give a neighborhood that, well, neighborhood feel. A corner bar with well worn floor. A small, family-owned store. A small park, a library, an old church. And an Italian restaurant. Palazzo has been serving this West Side Cleveland neighborhood just a few blocks south of Edgewater Park for several months under the tutelage of owner...

If you’re familiar with the dining scene in Sturgeon Bay, chances are you’re familiar with Scaturo’s.  Robert and JoAnne Scaturo’s family-owned restaurant does it all: breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery, catering, fresh take-home food, a traditional fish boil and even a seasonal food truck called Scat’s Got Your Tongue. This spring marked the start o...

Pat Tiberi was voted by peer CEOs as CEO of the Year in the small nonprofit category for 2019. Pat Tiberi’s story couldn’t be much more American. The son of a steelworker, he grew up in an Italian immigrant family that took its Catholicism seriously. His first job was at McDonald’s when he was 16. He loved playing the trumpet and sports while he wa...

This past Friday, I lost my WisCard, and it was impossible to get another one until Monday. That meant this weekend I couldn’t use my meal plan and had to exclusively spend my own money on food. It hurt. Saturday, I had a burrito for brunch and sleep for dinner. Sunday, I had a bowl of oatmeal, which I ate cold because I forgot I made it, then late...

Rosso Italia is scheduled to open its doors on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The space is adjacent to Blu, the Restaurant, also owned by Brad Friedlander. The restaurateur said in a release "opening an authentic Italian restaurant has always been a dream for me.” Rosso Italia will feature steak, seafood, chicken and pasta, but also charcuterie and "innovative...

Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour returns to Detroit! Join us on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Detroit Film Theatre.  Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems: newly restored classics enjoying their second life, rarities from world film...