NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

On Sunday, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel canceled their annual Italian Festival due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Facebook post. The festival was supposed to be held the week of July 22-25 and is not planned be rescheduled in 2020. In the post, Scott Schulick wrote, “While we know that July seems a long way off, it is now i...

The Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison has canceled Festa Italia 2020. The festival was scheduled for May 29-31 at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg. The event celebrates Italian and Italian American culture. “The coronavirus has impacted our nation, state and local community.  Cancellation of our event is the responsible thing to do in order to protect...

When it’s good, it’s good ... everything about it. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, we enjoyed an outstanding meal at Rockford’s classic Italian ristorante, Franchesco’s. And over the last 34 years, this restaurant has just gotten better and better. The eatery has a truly beautiful main dining room, which happened to be booked for a private party th...

The 36th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival will have its celebration this year Aug. 6-9 on Warren’s Courthouse Square, according to Carol Ficeti, president of the committee’s board. The festival has sent out letters to vendors stating it will take place 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 -9. “We want to stay in Courthouse Squ...

Are you looking to get your Chicago hot dog and Italian beef fix during the state's "Safer at Home" order? TMJ4 News is committed to highlighting local and essential businesses that need your help. At Martino's Italian Beef on 13th and Layton, a large sign on the front entrance reminds customers they're still open for carryout and parking lot pick-...

First Summerfest gets postponed and now Festa. Organizers broke the news Tuesday that Festa Italiana 2020 will be canceled. The Italian Community Center Board of Directors says it was the most responsible decision to cancel the festival in the midst of the global pandemic that has already closed so many other festivals and businesses. "The coronavi...

Trattoria di Carlo has been open in Oak Creek for 18 years. The restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine. Owner Carlo Pedone says to him, every customer that walks through the door feels like family. Carlo checks in with his own family daily. Some of them live in Italy, and he worries about their safety and health because of the coronavirus pa...

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Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is making the most of his time at home, along with a mouth-watering homemade Italian meal. The Broncos' Twitter account shared a video of the current Denver Broncos head coach making homemade meatballs and red sauce, backed by soothing Italian music. While he’s currently relieved of coaching dut...

A native of Toronto, Joseph Yanuziello is the master craftsman behind some of the world’s most sought-after guitars. In the boutique guitar marketplace, where instruments routinely command $5,000 or more, Joseph Yanuziello’s instruments have become so popular you might think his company’s motto is “sold out.” As fast as he can build his stunning in...

Born in Italy and trained by the Army as a cameraman, Gino Bartucci toured the country photographing atomic bombs, filming bombers flying overhead and helping create documentaries. Gino Bartucci was born in Malvitani di Rende, a small village in Calabria. Of the nine children born to Vincenzo and Maria Carmella (Pisello) Bartucci, six survived infa...

People who are sheltering at home or looking for help in the kitchen now that Ohio restaurants are closed don’t need to panic when faced with the prospect of suddenly cooking every meal for your family every day. Executive chef Ryan at M Italian restaurant in Chagrin Falls says even restaurant-quality dishes are easy enough for anyone to make. To p...