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Dear ISDA members, this is your invitation to join our 2020 biennial conventions, for both the Order and Fraternal Association, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12. The Ohio District, under the the leadership of ISDA Vice President Marie Frank, will host the conventions, and the committee has planned an...

You can’t go to Riviera Foods without getting a Diavolo ($6.50). That’s just the food rules, I don’t make them. The sandwich (formerly known as the Will Special, named after the late regular who created it) takes a 9-inch length of crisp-crusted French bread, then fills it with fatty layers of spicy soppressata, hot capocollo, salty prosciutto, cur...

The Salem Italian American Education Fund is now accepting applications for 2020 Scholarship Awards. The Scholarship Award is open to all area high school seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary institution. The application deadline has been extended. Students must return a completed application postmarked no later than May 26, 2020. Scholarshi...

Craving pasta or pizza? Envisioning a nice glass of Chianti with a veal dish and side of linguine marinara? Of course you are. Here are three dozen restaurants that can fill the craving. We have been updating our guide to restaurants offering takeout and delivery throughout Northeast Ohio on a daily basis. But we also have been breaking down offeri...

Fred Rosati loved people. Even in his last few years, the patriarch of the Rosati’s Pizza restaurant group—who died March 30 at age 102 in Cave Creek—would strike up conversations with fellow shoppers at area stores. “He’d go to Walmart with his caretaker, get a motorized cart and talk to everyone” said his daughter, Regina Rosati, with a laugh. “H...

Five-time Oscar winner Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” As a world-renowned film director, Fellini captured many aspects of life through his lens, immersing us in various cultures. Fellini believed that exposure to different languages forces us to see the world from the perspective of the people who...

If you didn't know that actor Joe Mantegna played in a garage band called the Apocryphals in high school and college, you're not alone. I had the privilege of getting the story from the man himself, and as far as I'm aware, what you're about to read is the most detailed account of the group's history published anywhere. Mantegna was born in Chicago...

There are many paths to TikTok fame during coronavirus lock down: reunited families, at-home haircuts, a naked spouse surprising another. Luca Petrogalli has taken a very different route to virality. Petrogalli, 19, is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. These days he has become the big man on campus. In fact, he may be the only...

As local hospitals respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a Jeffersonville restaurant is showing its support by giving out free meals to healthcare workers. Parnelli’s Chicago Eatery, a restaurant that opened three months ago on 10th Street, is providing lunches and dinners to staff at Clark Memorial Health through its “Feed A Floor” campaign, and it...

Giovanni Insolia grew up in Solarino, a small Sicilian town in the province of Siracusa. One of six children born to Paolo and Sebastiana Teodoro Insolia, he was surrounded by extended family throughout his childhood. Insolia’s father made very little money as the town barber, in most cases receiving goods like wheat in exchange for his services. W...

It had been awhile since I’d dined at one of Alex Dana’s Rosebud restaurants — there are four in Chicago, along with locations in Deerfield, Lemont and Naperville, plus his Carmine’s restaurants in the city and Rosemont — so that when I ordered carryout dinner from the Naperville location, I forgot the cardinal Rosebud rule. Order light. Portions a...

As was first stated months ago by the president of the Italian-American Heritage Festival committee, it looks like the celebration will go on this August as usual — in Warren’s Courthouse Square Park. And the Warren saga now dubbed “treegate,” grinds on. Committee President Carol Ficeti told the Tribune Chronicle in February the committee didn’t wa...