NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Former Michigan State University President John DiBiaggio died Feb. 1 at the age of 87, university officials announced Thursday. DiBiaggio was a first-generation college student who grew up in Detroit and went on to become president of three universities, including MSU, where he was the school's top official from 1985 to 1992. Many leaders depicted...

Flowers of Italy Club President has announced that Chicago businessman Frank Di Piero will be honored as the Man of the Year at the club’s 59 th annual Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. on March 28, 2020, at Villa Brunetti Banquet Hall, in Franklin Park. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Flowers of Italy Club for this tremendous honor,” said D...

CincItalia is Cincinnati’s true celebration of Italian heritage. The three-day festival (Harvest Home Park - 3961 N Bend Rd, Cheviot, OH 45211) showcases Italian culture – offering entertainment from local and national music acts, cooking demonstrations, carnival rides, games, and authentic cuisine prepared by Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s I...

Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs. Chicago-area buyers tend to spend more in the winter at restaurants than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions...

Italian-born artist Claudio Orso first made his way to the U.S. in the 1990s, following a stint working in Mexico. He walked across the border then with little concern from customs officials. A couple of decades later, Orso, now an American citizen, works with immigrant students from Cleveland's Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy. "I...

Arte Povera literally means “Poor Art”, art made with poor everyday materials—art in which the histories, identities, and trajectories of quotidian life challenge the purity and utopian ideals of the gallery space. In the hands of artists like Marisa Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, or Michelangelo Pistoletto the irreverent materiality and tex...

Nearly 48 years ago, an Italian immigrant named Paul Cento came to the Circle City to pursue the American dream. In Italy, he was already known as a famous shoemaker who had made shoes for the likes of Sophia Loren and Pope Pius XII. But here in Indianapolis, he simply became known as the go-to man for all things shoe-related. And although he has s...

Celebrate World Nutella Day on Wednesday, February 5. The Nutella Café, located on the corner of Lake and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, will be offering free personalized jars to the first 100 people who stop in the café and purchase any menu item. The café menu offers several brunch and dessert options, from chocolate crepes and espresso drinks to N...

A former steakhouse in the western suburbs is now an Italian restaurant worth knowing about. Avanzare opened in October in Lombard, where chef Gabriel Hernandez, one of three partners and first-time restaurateurs, offers classic and contemporary Italian dishes. You would think, after all these years on the job, that I'd never again be wowed by chic...

A year ago, pizza was the fanciest Italian food you could find in Fishers. Starting tonight Friday night, you can get Tuscan seafood stew, pork loin stuffed with provolone cheese and so much pasta, including fettuccini alfredo, at the new Sangiovese. The restaurant is the latest opening at The Yard at Fishers District, 9708 District North Dr., and...

Osteria di Valerio e Al spent almost 20 years quietly serving fine Italian food in its nook on W. St. Clair Avenue. It closed in November, but owner Al Cefaratti isn't packing it in or slowing down. Trim and 64, the Cleveland native is moving forward with the next incarnation of the restaurant, at the perpendicular intersection of Walnut and E. 9th...

A new Italian restaurant is coming to downtown Springfield. Fratelli's Famiglia Ristorante, which translates to "family restaurant," will hold a grand opening Feb. 6. It is located at 42 N. Fountain Ave., across the street from a new parking garage that is being constructed. The new restaurant will provide area residents with another dining option,...