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The organizers of the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest believe in tradition. In a year when they had less time to plan than usual, that’s a good thing, according to chairman John Rossetti. “We didn’t get the OK until the beginning of June, but we started planning in March, April and May to get it done correctly. That’s where we’re at with it. Slowly...

The Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders have been a force for fans of Italian motorcycles since the group’s formation in 1982. Though the focus is on Moto Guzzi, Ducati is also a favored brand and on the occasion of the club’s annual Rally and Ride, any brand is welcome. For that matter, you can be a member of the group no matter what brand(s) of bike you...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures. And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we know...

People preserve their family history in scrapbooks or family trees. One family in Youngstown has preserved theirs in a podcast. The podcast is hosted by Marco Zaza, who grew up on Youngstown’s east side in the 50s, and his son David, a Boardman graduate. As it turns out, their stories are more than just their family. With Italian music in the backg...

It’s likely a challenge to find someone who doesn’t like Italian food. There are thousands of restaurants in the U.S. that offer the cuisine, and trying to find the best one might make the cheese fall off your cracker. That’s why people who dine at Italian restaurants have taken to TripAdvisor to rate the best ones. To make finding them easier, Sta...

Italian manufacturer PA S.p.A. is opening its first-ever location in the United States this fall. But it won’t be in a big city on the East Coast or West Coast. It will be in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, which will serve as its North American headquarters. The company produces high pressure accessories. The U.S. is the company’s biggest m...

Whenever I make a road trip, I seek out a place for some sweet treats to bring something home for the family members who didn’t travel with us and for a little indulgence for the ride home. We’ve worked in many sweets shops, candy stores, and bakeries over the years, and I recently found a winner that I had to share. This Italian bakery in South Be...

When Garibaldi Society member Paul Troglia went into the basement office of Club Garibaldi to look at a malfunctioning dehumidifier, he found a poster rolled up on the floor. Upon unrolling the crackled, damp, musty document, he discovered an honor roll of Bay View’s Italian Americans who joined the armed forces at the dawn of World War II. Many of...

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival will host its 15th year of programming from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9, with three unique film screenings at the Cedar Lee Theatre and Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. Sponsored by Italian Tours & Travel by Diana, the movie event is organized by director festival director Joyce Mariani. Mariani first kicked off the fest when she...

This is your invitation to join our 2021 biennial conventions, for both the Order and Fraternal Association, which will be held at the chic Hilton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio from Aug. 7th to Aug. 11th. See full schedule of events here. The Ohio District, under the leadership of ISDA Vice President Marie Frank, will host the conventions, and the commi...

An annual festival in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood has been canceled for a second straight year, largely to avoid further stressing vendors already struggling to find workers, organizers said. The Taylor Street Little Italy Festa, which typically draws tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood in mid to late August, was canceled last y...

Tami Cashioli’s Italian heritage has always been important to her. It was growing up in an Italian household in Lisbon where Sunday dinners were a tradition of ethnic food, family and fellowship. And it continues in her involvement in the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival in Wheeling as well as her commitment to the Steubenville-based Itali...