NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

After an enormously successful move from Berwyn to Niles in 2015, the Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana has much to be proud of as it looks forward to its fifth year in the near north suburb. “(The city of Niles) has welcomed us with open arms, and they have given us all the cooperation and respect in the world,” says Joe Camarda, president of Congregaz...

La visita a Chicago della senatrice Francesca Alderisi (FI), eletta nella Circoscrizione Estero, ripartizione Nord e Centro America, si è aperta sabato con l'incontro con il Console Generale d'Italia a Chicago, Giuseppe Finocchiaro. Il colloquio, svoltosi presso il Consolato Generale d'Italia, "è stato un momento proficuo e molto interessante - ha...

The Brier Hill Italian Festival will open its 28th year by honoring its founder. At the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, the boccie courts at the corner of Calvin and Victoria streets – where the festival takes place – will be dedicated to the late Dominic “Dee Dee” Modarelli, The courts are part of the ITAM Post 12 war veterans club’s memorial t...

A taste of Italy has been transplanted to Huntington County. The Golfo di Napoli Dairy organic cheese factory will soon begin production and will celebrate with a public open house on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. The production facility in Warren is the only one currently operated by Golfo di Napoli anywhere in the world and will produce...

Italy’s 20 regions don’t all move to the same beat. Just as visitors will discover culinary differences traveling the country, the folk dances of Italy also change with the geography. The tarantella, probably the most familiar Italian dance, is not common in many regions. “Dances from the north have more of a French, Swiss influence,” said Anna Ha...

The Feast of the Assumption has a big been a part of James Malatesta’s life – for 95 years. Malatesta, who turned 100 on March 30, is the longest running parishioner of Holy Rosary in Little Italy. He joined at age 5 in 1924 when he moved to Cleveland from Syracuse, N.Y. with his mother, Philomena, a native of Naples, Italy. They chose to build a h...

Ascione Bistro, a highly anticipated Italian restaurant, has opened at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1500 E. 55th St., offering both classic and modern Italian dishes prepared by Chef Gaetano Ascione. The bistro is in a “soft opening” mode with a limited menu now while staff is being hired and trained, but Chef Ascione expects that to change in th...

The return Friday of World War II medals lost decades ago began in February, with a chance meeting between a retired Army infantryman and the owner of an Italian restaurant in Auburn. Robert Egli's photo hangs there in the eatery, Sandra D's Italian Garden. He's a 20-something, confident-looking man with a sideways smile who's wearing a military un...

“We’re off the beaten path, and we don’t advertise,” said Kelly Woodard, who co-owns with her husband, Matt, Boyne City’s popular Italian dining destination Bella Vita. While it’s not a traditional recipe for restauranteurs, the Woodards’ low-key approach works; Kelly Woodard said that the majority of their regular guests dine with them more than o...

McCormick Place’s dining scene received a boost over the weekend when a new Italian restaurant, Il Culaccino, debuted. The restaurant is from the owners of South Side stalwart Franco’s, which has been around since 1986 in Bridgeport. The new restaurant includes a wine bar, a tree-covered patio, and Chicago Italian-American classics like chicken Ves...

Tuscany, a popular Italian restaurant that closed in March after 25 years in Oak Brook, will be replaced with a new eatery that will keep several of the same menu items, along with some new offerings and a new name. Steven Hartenstein, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Tuscany owner Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, will be...

Gazmir Zeneli spent nine years perfecting the Neapolitan “Queen Margherita”-style pizza as the head pizza chef for New York City’s Eataly Italian market and food hall. Now, the Naples native and two of his brothers have brought their cheese and pizza-making prowess to their own new restaurant at the center of the city’s Pizza Row in Wooster Square....