NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

It’s been a long time coming for Speck Italian Eatery’s move downtown, but we finally have a timeline for the anticipated project. The restaurant confirmed that it aims to open its downtown space by April 2022. Speck, a popular Delaware spot for Italian fare and a sister restaurant to both Veritas and 1808 Bistro, announced last year its plans to m...

War, chaos and corruption set the tone for the Giacomo Puccini's iconic opera as Opera Columbus kicks off its 40th season with Tosca, the very first opera it presented upon the company's premiere in 1981. Set in Rome in 1800, the story pits the main character, Rome's diva Floria Tosca, and her lover Mario Cavaradossi against a corrupt police chief,...

Fresh off the success of the Solheim Cup in 2021, Toledo could soon host another international sporting event. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz talked about a trip he and a delegation made to Italy on Monday. Kapszukiewicz says he signed a sister city agreement with Ferrara, Italy. The mayor explains the city is about half the size of Toledo, but its unive...

Thursday December 2, 7pm EST. The Italian American Museum of Cleveland - 12111 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH. Dante Lavelli, the son of Italian immigrants, earned fame playing football for the Cleveland Browns under Coach Paul Brown, 1946-1956. But, the story of the life of Dante Lavelli is more than just a story about sports. It touches on Italian...

Winner of the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum (which awards yearly grants to aspiring filmmakers to create films exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations), “Yes Chef” is the visceral tale of Corrine Bianchi, a third generation Italian American Chef who struggles to celebrate her successes as she rem...

Some of my favorite local restaurants have been combination Mediterranean-Italian places like Oliva (“olive” in Italian), on Madison’s Far West Side. I had long been curious if it still lived up to the meals I had there when I reviewed it in January 2009, a month after it opened. “Service is fast and friendly, the prices are extremely reasonable...

Almost 10 years after the opening of their first location, locally-owned bakery Amelia’s expanded to a second location last month in Windsor Park, located at 1637 Nowland Avenue. The Italian-style bakery features fresh-baked bread and pastries, made from scratch daily, according to their website.   Amanda Drozd, the store manager, said this locatio...

Little Italy has lost an icon. The owner of Mama Santa's, Nancy Scaffidi, died Saturday. She was 89 years old. She came to the United States in 1952 and settled in Akron. She worked in a factory and as a licensed beautician. Cleveland history was made on July 25, 1961, when she opened her restaurant with her husband Guido. "Nancy had a passion for...

One of Chicago’s most renowned Italian chefs is returning to Forest Park with a new concept born out of the pandemic-related closure of Francesca’s Fiore on Madison Street. Scott Harris, whose company now operates 14 Francesca’s restaurants and a handful of other dining spots, said the relaunched business at 7407 Madison St. will feature a simplifi...

Competitors from the Highwood Bocce Club (HBC) joined more than 60 of the best bocce players in the country in St. Louis, Mo., November 1-7, 2021, to compete in the 2021 United States Bocce Championship and 14th Annual Aldo Della Croce Bocce Tournament, held at the Italia-America Bocce Club. Highwood had an impressive medal haul with 3 silver and 3...

October is Italian-American heritage Month, chosen to coincide with the federal Columbus Day holiday, which in recent years has become a flashpoint for conflict about how we understand the “American Dream” and the values we espouse as citizens of the United States. As noted by scholars of the Italian American experience (Connell, Deschamps, Ruberto...

A little piece of the Ohio Valley is coming to Uptown Westerville in January, when resident franchisees Sarah Carlson and Michael Carlson open DiCarlo's Pizza at 20 S. State St. Michael Carlson said DiCarlo's is an iconic chain originating in Steubenville and is being run by the second generation, Anna DiCarlo, and third-generation son David DiCarl...