NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The team at Hardcore Italians, led by Mike Carioscia Jr., a Shopify expert and brand builder, has added another feather to their hat as the entertainment website was recently recognized at the “Night At The Fights,” an event hosted by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHOF) in Chicago. The historic night, which was the first box...

One of the best parts about living in Ohio is access to so many incredible restaurants. Today’s feature destination is an off-the-beaten-path spot that will make you feel like a local, no matter where you may be visiting from. Uncle Primo’s is a neighborhood Italian restaurant with some of the best lasagna in town. The next time you’re craving an u...

While there have been many unique restaurants in Warsaw over the years, Italian eateries have been far and few between. Other than Bella Vitale, which had a short-lived existence in the Wyndham Garden Hotel complex a few years ago, there has never been a major quality, fine dining restaurant that caters to lovers of lasagna, linguine and fettucini....

How does a biopharmaceutical executive from Verona end up becoming Cincinnati’s sole purveyor of luxury Italian kitchens? Good question. For Agostino Fede, owner and founder of NOLI, it went something like this: After retiring from corporate life, Fede moved to New York City, where he began, as he puts it, a sort of grand “rewiring.” The question,...

Sunday, May 15, 2022. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT. Riviera Foods Chicago, 3220 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL. We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for Harlem Avenue Little Italy's Bella Strada!! The first Bella Strada in May of 2021 was a great success and we are coming back for round 2!! Our beautifully diverse community...

After a two-year absence, the Italian Club of Benld is inviting everyone back to Benld City Park for the 68th Annual Italian-American Days Festival on May 27-29. Club President Jerry Saracco said that, while he is happy the festival is returning, the non-profit organization is proceeding with caution, such as shortening its run. "We're not really s...

Stepping inside the door of DioGuardi’s Italian Market and Deli, a visitor is faced with a wonderful maze of old-world authenticity and seemingly endless products and goodies. Where to start is the question. But when owner Jeff Labowitz is the tour guide, it’s great fun. Food is everywhere you turn. Handmade Italian sub sandwiches. A deli counter f...

The Italian American Women's Association handed out three scholarships to women going off to college Monday evening. The organization has been handing out scholarships for the last 21 years. Recipients are all graduating seniors who excelled academically. In order to be eligible, they had to write essays describing what their Italian heritage means...

The Sons of Italy Lodge in Kankakee voted to donate $4,000 to various charities at the group’s recent meeting. The lodge usually makes charitable bequests during the Christmas season, but it did not get a chance to do that as meetings and activities were postponed because of COVID. The group decided to fund two scholarships and make four $500 donat...

The daughter of a 20th-century saint is opening an international pilgrimage center in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, who is the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), is opening the center to promote the sanctity of the family and the protection of all human life.  Effingham Radio reports that the center will be named...

A familiar fixture will return to the streets, er, sidewalks of Little Italy on Friday, May 20. For the past two years, Mount Granita Italian Ice has parked its seasonal sidewalk cart near the intersection of Mayfield and Murray Hill (2024 Murray Hill Rd.) to dispense scoops of its scratch-made confection. The warm-weather refresher returns for the...

Dolci Amori, an Italian bakery owned by Ciro Longobardo (who’s also a co-owner of the Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno in the Fulton River District) has been a work in progress for more than two years. First the pandemic hit. Then the pastry chef couldn’t immigrate from Naples to Chicago because the borders were closed. Then there was a long wait f...