NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The pandemic may have put a crimp in her plans, but Maria Novella Malfatti is making the most of her chances to learn and grow at the Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center. The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center is one of the most prestigious training programs in the world for emerging opera singers, offering world-class opportunities for professional...

Less than two weeks after closing because its lease was not renewed, a La Grange area restaurant that saw its business boom during the coronavirus pandemic has found a new home.Enzo’s Pizza, 5396 S. La Grange Road in Countryside, right near the La Grange border, became an area favorite after people started raving about its Italian beef roll on soci...

At first, it was just Anna Vincenzi, assistant professor of history, who made her home teaching at Hillsdale College. Now, she’s joined by her husband, Lorenzo Bonaiti. And they’re bringing Italy to Hillsdale.  After moving to the United States six years ago, Anna and Lorenzo now teach in Hillsdale’s history and language departments respectively. L...

Art historian Giovanni Aloi will present “Photographing Italy: Identity, History and the Contemporary Landscape” at a series of 6 webinars hosted by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. From their first appearance in 1839, photographic images have radically changed the way we live and think.  Aloi’s lecture series maps crucial moments in the history o...

For Ron Onesti, the president of Chicago’s Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision to remove the city’s three statues of Christopher Columbus after violent protests was a bitter pill to swallow.While most of the media attention focused on the city’s overnight removal of the explorer’s statue in Grant Park, Onesti...

What: Photographing Italy: Identity, History, and the Contemporary Landscape, a Webinar by Dr. Giovanni Aloi - When: Thursday, February 18th at 6pm (Central Time) - Register at this link. From their first appearance in 1839, photographic images have radically changed the way we live and think. Though it did not appear clear from the very beginning,...

Since 1975, Calabria Imports has been a staple of Italian food for communities throughout the area. This family-owned Italian market and deli has focused on quality ingredients and affordable prices, and in a community known as a haven for the South Side Irish, Calabria Imports has established itself as a haven for anyone who loves Italian food. Mo...

Piada Italian Streetfood, a Columbus-based company, has partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to launch Piada Gives, an opt-in donation program. Guests who opt-in to the program via the new Piada app will automatically donate 1% of every purchase to a charity or non-profit making an impact. “Service is at the heart of what we do at Piad...

Mary Josephine D’Amico was the oldest child and only daughter in a close-knit Italian family. Her parents made sure she and her brothers were raised with Italian customs, celebrated Italian feasts, and had a sense of pride in their Italian heritage. Church was also a central part of family life in the D’Amico household. Mary Jo’s prayer life, inclu...

Gary, Indiana will be replacing Columbus Day with a holiday representing the late former Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. The Gary Common Council approved the move on Wednesday. Hatcher, one of the first African-American mayors of a large, U.S. city, died on Dec. 13, 2019 at the age of 86. In the late 1960s, Hatcher and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes wer...

After opening several acclaimed restaurants in Minneapolis, Daniel del Prado will bring his culinary talents to Wayzata. The restaurateur and chef behind Colita, Martina and Rosalia Pizza (and formerly Bar La Grassa and Burch Steak and Pizza Bar) is prepping his latest restaurant, Josefina, at 739 Lake St. E. in downtown Wayzata. The space was mos...

Ron Pizzuti has strong opinions on public art—and the city hasn’t always agreed with them. Nearly a decade ago, the Columbus developer and renowned art collector launched a campaign to bring a new artistic landmark to the Downtown riverfront: a six-story, hourglass-shaped steel sculpture called Columbiad.  Pizzuti viewed the proposal as a chance to...