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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...

 Station Square Ristorante was recently named in Wine Spectator’s 40th annual Restaurant Awards. The local Italian eatery was the only Mahoning Valley restaurant recognized. Station Square, 4250 Belmont Ave., has been serving the Mahoning Valley since 1986. Owner Ottavio Musumenci took ownership of the restaurant in 2001 and showed an interest in d...

Get ready to feast on some Italian food, Cleveland. Little Italy’s popular Feast of the Assumption festival will return this August, according to a press statement from Mayor Frank Jackson. It follows the festival’s cancelation in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “For more than 120 years, Holy Rosary Parish’s Feast of the Assumption celebrati...

Abbiocco Italian Cuisine and Luna Kitchen + Cocktails can be found off of IN-49 at 600 Gateway Boulevard. The unique restaurant and bar are held under one roof. Well, that is if Luna being on the rooftop counts. These two restaurants allow for two different dining experiences in one. “Whether you’re coming from the beach, or you are coming for an a...

You can get a taste of more than 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts at the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival. Lisa Meister, kitchen team lead of the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival Committee, joined us today to show how some of the festival favorites are made. She says they’re also looking for volunteers. Here’s more from...

The mammoth Guardians of Traffic, sculpted with an Art Deco flair on four Berea sandstone pylons, have been overseeing the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, otherwise known as the Hope Memorial Bridge, since 1932. They’re locally iconic, but this past week the statues were cast in a national spotlight as sports pundits and MLB fans weighed in when Cleveland...

Festa Italiana is bringing a parade and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood. A parade down Lake Street from East Third Avenue to Miller Avenue will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7. A double-decker bus, the Jesse White Tumblers from Chicago, motorcycles and antique cars all will likely take part in the procession...

The Lucca Grill, in downtown Bloomington at 116 E. Market St., is the first pick for the Pantagraph's new feature on restaurants and bars of the week. Lucca Grill is a locally owned Italian-American restaurant. It was founded in 1936 by the Baldini brothers, Fred and John, but is now owned by Tony Smith and John Koch. While Lucca has a wide variety...

Dottoressa Marina Lenza is the new director of the Education Office of the Italian Consulate of Chicago. Lenza was born near l’Aquila in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e dei Monti della Laga, the largest mountainous area of Abruzzo. She graduated from La Sapienza, the University of Rome, and has held roles in the Ministry of Education as a teac...