NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

October through December is my favorite time of year. I’m that person who decorates for fall in August and drinks pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still 90 degrees. Out of that whole glorious season, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Last year, I spent Thanksgiving in Treviso, Italy. I hadn’t planned on still being there that late in the season, b...

Superstar Italian trio Il Volo announced today they are making a quick stop in Cleveland as part of their world tour 'Il Volo Sings Morricone' The concert to be held in Playhouse Square is a dedication to the beloved Maestro Ennio Morricone and his exciting journey through art and music, making him one of the greatest composers of the 20th century....

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a trio of luminaries at its dinner dance on Nov. 20 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. Frank Grimaldi will be hailed as Man of the Year at the event, and Anthony Ambrose and Anthony Pucillo will be honored as Humanitarians of the Year.  (iaet-chicago.org, 708-212-1051). The following profile...

Don Angie restaurant opened in the West Village neighborhood of New York City in 2017 and has been absolutely mobbed ever since. The smart, stunning bistro landed on Esquire’s annual list of Best New Restaurants in America, garnered a glowing two-star review from Pete Wells of the New York Times and recently snagged a coveted Michelin star. Thanks...

Ayo Pizza Café & Shop a local pizzeria, café and specialty bodega nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park officially opens on Wednesday, November 17, catering to neighborhood businesses, residents, and visitors to the North Avenue and Clybourn shopping district. Founded by hospitality veterans Eldridge Williams, Chris (Cap) Scardina, and Chef-partner...

In case you're unaware, Youngstown State University just dropped one of the most fundamental majors contributing to the education of our culture and heritage: Italian and Italian Education. I cannot begin to fathom that they would cut this when Youngstown was once thriving with 20-30,000 Italian immigrants in Briar Hill. Italians contributed to mak...

Chicago attorney Frank Sommario will be the guest of honor at the Justinian Society of Lawyers’ Award of Excellence, Judges and Scholarship Night. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Gibson’s Italia, 233 N. Canal St., Chicago. Tickets are $60 for members, $70 for non-members, and $50 for law students. (justinians.org, 312-820-2063)The fo...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans marked the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri with a standout media luncheon on Sept. 14. Galleria Marchetti in Chicago was bursting at the seams with journalists, elected officials and community leaders who had come to honor CBS President and General Manager Jennifer Lyons and Chicago...

Authentic Tuscan dishes have made their way over to the West side of the mitten, with the opening of Palio, a restaurant offering dishes like Italian entrees, Tuscan pizzas and a full service bar.  Palio opened their first location in 1991 in Ann Arbor, and then opened a second location in 2017 in Grand Rapids at 545 Michigan St. NE.  The name ‘Pal...

Although members have witnessed many changes over the years, the Downriver Italian American Club has been around for over a half-century and is still going strong. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the club held a celebration Oct. 2 at the Bentley Banquet & Conference Center, 646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. Approximately 130 members attended the eve...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Casa Italia Community Center and feature a wine and cheese reception, concert and dinner. Scholarships from th...

Jerry Kramer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard, wrote a personal note and diagramed two famous Green Bay Packer plays on a cheese gold helmet, and gave it to him. The late cornerback Herb Adderley, another Packer Pro Football Hall of Famer, penned a note that began “To my friend Coach G” on an oversized photo that showed him at his locker-- stil...