NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The owner of a defunct downtown restaurant that focused on specialty diets plans to open an Italian restaurant at the same location early next month. Pomodoro—Italian for “tomato”—will open at 15 E. Maryland St., which until June was occupied by Nook, a restaurant that served food catering to diners who were on the paleo, Whole 30 or keto diets. Th...

On October 24, 2019, the National Italian American Bar Association joined the Justinian Society of Chicago in celebrating the new offices of Holland & Knight at 150 North Riverside Plaza in Chicago. Among those attending were NIABA director and Regional Vice-President,   Holland & Knight partner Kenneth Jenero;  Natalie Petric , current President o...

Chea Carmack doesn’t care if customers want pizza. “That I don’t have and will never have,” Carmack said with folded arms. “It’s too American.” The same applies to staples like fettuccini alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs. “We’re not Fazoli’s,” she said, her eyes gleaming in the light of a new storefront home for the food truck she’s managed with...

“Nursing home” is a contradiction in terms for many Italian Americans, for whom the word “home” conjures images of Sunday dinners surrounded by friends, family and, of course, food. Lisa Cini grew up amid such celebratory weekends and today fights to bring some of that warmth and spirit to adult care. As an interior designer of long-term care facil...

A new Italian restaurant called Cirò opened Wednesday (Oct. 23) at 110 W. Union St. in Athens, in the building that formerly housed the Corner on Union restaurant and W.G. Grinders before that. The owners of Cirò – which is named after a coastal city in southern Italy – said earlier this month that the new establishment hopes to bring more Italian...

"I am honorary chair of 'A Musical Tribute Showcasing the Songwriting & Musical Genius of Harry Warren'… because I so believe in the mission of the sponsoring Italian American Human Relations Foundation (IAHRF) … the idea of highlighting the contributions of, in this case, African-American and Italian performing artists is something that I fully su...

When Margaret Ranalli closed Enoteca Emilia in O'Bryonville, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina, for a while. She worked on opening some restaurants there. But when she had the chance at re-establishing Enoteca back in the Cincinnati area, she decided to take it.  The new version of her Italian restaurant will open in Loveland in late October....

The Comboni Missionaries will honor Joseph A. Russo at their annual dinner dance on Nov. 30 at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines. (708-354-1999) As a boy growing up in Cicero, Russo enjoyed learning about his Italian and Calabrian heritage from his extended family. From those experiences, he decided he wanted to make a difference in the world. As a t...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a dynamic father-son duo at their Nov. 16 gala at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. (708-212-1051) Michael Tadin Jr., president of MAT Construction Inc., will be honored as Man of the Year at the event, and Michael A. Tadin, president of Marina Cartage Inc., will be hailed as Humanitarian of t...

On October 19, 2019, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan  (IACCM) commemorated its 100th anniversary with a gala celebration at the Detroit Athletic Club. The IACCM was founded in 1919 by the Consul of Italy in Detroit Pietro Cardellio, as well as several Detroit area Italian Americans, to promote business relationships between Ita...

Garlic helps fend off the vampires, or so the belief goes. Or the bad breath may just make your friends want to keep their distance. Garlic and much more is packed into the Vampire Slayer burger served at Figure Eight Brewing, 150 S. Washington St. The hefty peppercorn burger comes stacked with roasted garlic mayo, tomato relish and a parmesan blen...

While growing up in the Taylor Street neighborhood, Ralph Triggiano dreamed of becoming a photographer. That dream became a reality during World War II, when the Navy trained him to be its eye in the sky over the Pacific. For two years, he took reconnaissance photos of enemy positions from 10,000 feet in the air, helping to turn the tide in the war...