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A little more than three months after the passing of founder George Randazzo of Bloomingdale, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual awards gala in his honor Saturday night in Rosemont. But the organization faces an uncertain future as volunteers try to fill the void left by Randazzo, the group's chief cheerleader an...

Sometimes you leave a theater thinking to yourself: “Wow. I just saw something very special that I will never forget.” Such was the case watching Opera Modo perform La Gioconda at the The War Memorial in Gross Pointe Farms. This opera company, which has been surprising and delighting audiences big and small for a few years now, has blown the doors...

When: Friday, November 22nd at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Presented on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The theme of this year's Italian Cuisine Week, which will take place from November 18-24, 2019, is Food Education: The Culture of Taste. This yearly initiat...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association recently honored Frank Perrecone and Frank Fiorello at its annual Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards Banquet held at the Venetian Club. Perrecone, the principal at Ferolie & Perrecone law firm, was inducted into GRIAA’s Hall of Fame. Perrecone is a former chairperson of GRIAA and a long-tim...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

"Author Peter Pero pays tribute to Italian-American heritage, but the focus is not on Columbus, Mother Cabrini, or Michaelangelo. Instead, he looks to the working men and women of Italian Chicago who have built our city, brick-by-brick. They funded our churches, built Chicago's skyline, and raised generations of children from immigrant succession t...

Earlier this month, the team behind Indianapolis coffee shop Georgia Street Grind brought another coffee brand to life: Bovaconti Coffee. With an upscale, vintage-style interior featuring plenty of exposed brick, painted tile ceilings and custom tile work, the multiroaster cafe reflects the historic character of the building in which it sits, as we...

One of his great passions in life outside of the baseball diamond has been to help those affected by cancer. As a survivor himself, Anthony Rizzo had made donations to hospitals, along with a number of appearances, to show his support for children suffering from the disease and their families. On Monday, the Cubs first baseman did so again with a m...

Giglio's State Street Tavern opened recently in the South Loop at 825 S. State Street. Boxing promoter Bobby Hitz has essembled a staff that's top notch and instead of having a big party at the beginning, he wanted to spread the word slowly over time. He makes diners feel right at home with his hopsitality and warm atmosphere as soon as guest enter...

Did you know the largest Italian market in Michigan also offers a dining experience?  You can find it at Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria in Plymouth. Here at Five Mile and Haggerty, they're known for great seafood and pasta entrees.  We saw one in particular that has shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels and much more simmered in a thick sauce. "I...

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition – aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture. DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling...

The Italian American Cultural Club finalized plans for its fall fundraiser, Festa Del Vino, when members gathered for their October meeting held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant. Judy Krenzel, chairman, reported that Festa Del Vino will be held Nov. 8 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and wine-tasting available...