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On the Occasion of the Italian National Sport Day and the Italian Festa della Repubblica with the collaboration of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and in cooperation with Casa Italia Chicago, Cav. Uff. Mico Delianova LicastroUS Representative, Coni, Italian National Olympic Committee cordially in...

Peter Secchia and Mike Jandernoa will be this year's honorees when the Economic Club of Grand Rapids gathers for its annual dinner May 29, headlined by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. “We are pleased to recognize and honor two extraordinary individuals at our annual dinner event this year,’’ said Lorna Schultz, executive d...

Gina Arquilla DeBoni has been appointed managing partner of Romanucci & Blandin. She joined the Chicago-based law firm in 2010. As one of the few female managing attorneys in the state of Illinois, Arquilla DeBoni is responsible for the overall management and quality assurance of the firm’s legal and compliance services for its clients. “Gina is an...

Two popular Chicago restaurants were named among the best Italian restaurants in the country, according to a new survey. The Daily Meal's "America's 50 Best Italian Restaurants" list included two spots in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood — Spiaggia and Nico Osteria. Spiaggia, which ranked #4 on the list, received high praise from The Daily Meal ed...

Mario Andretti is getting a special honor from the city of Indianapolis ahead of the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 win. On May 13, the Indiana city honored the racing icon by renaming a portion of a street downtown Mario Andretti Drive as part of the celebrations honoring the 1969 Indy 500 win. Andretti himself helped put up the sign, ge...

Join us on June 2 for the 2019 Giornata Nazionale dello Sport! The first Sunday of June, the Italian National Day of Sport is celebrated in Italy and all over the world. The Detroit City FC is joining the Consulate of Italy in Detroit in celebrating the event! A youth soccer exhibition with Italian-American children will take place at halftime of t...

Mario Andretti says he remembers everything about that May afternoon 50 years ago when he won the Indianapolis 500 — including the belief that his victory could be followed by a few more in the world’s biggest auto race. More victories at Indianapolis, as race fans know, have not come for Andretti, now 79, or for his sons, his nephew or his grands...

A whole new world awaits kids ages 4 to 16 who take part in this year’s Italian Language and Culture Camp at Casa Italia. After more than a decade of devotion to the Italian language and culture, Camp Director Josette Mentesana Weber and Language Coordinator Angela Mentesana will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement. With their blessings, C...

Sausage will be grilling, families will be dancing and dads will be honored as Onesti Entertainment hosts its 26h annual Italian Block Party-Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino on Father’s Day weekend, June 14 to 16. The Father’s Day tradition will feature Italian food specialties representing generations-old recipes from the restaurants located in Chic...

Portillo's, the fast casual restaurant concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates National Italian Beef Week May 25 - June 2. In honor of the food holiday, Portillo's hopes fans will share the tastiest ways to commemorate the special occasion with their favorite order. Whether guests enjoy their Famous Italian Beef dry, with...

Robert A. Gonnella, longtime director and former president of Gonnella Baking Co., died May 16. He was 84 years old. Mr. Gonnella was born in Chicago and graduated from John Carroll University. He began his 42-year career at Gonnella in 1957, serving as a director for more than 29 years and as president for more than 5 years. He retired in 1999. Go...

Mario Andretti became the Mario Andretti of legend on May 30, 1969. That’s the day he won his first and only Indianapolis 500 in commanding fashion, defeating second-place Dan Gurney by nearly two laps. He never took the checkered flag at The Brickyard again, but had an epic driving career that stretched into the 1990s. It included a Formula 1 cham...