NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Italian American Cultural Club held its April dinner meeting at the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo Junction, with the meal catered by Ohio Catering. The club is holding its monthly meeting at different venues as part of deciding on a permanent meeting place for the group. The May meeting will be held at Le Chateau Pier in Smit...

The Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA) is thrilled to launch CIAO! – a unique event creating an Italian experience – in Cleveland. CIAO! will be a day-long celebration of Italian culture; kicking-off Italian Heritage Month. Italian vendors featuring traditional dishes to nosh on, specialty drinks and unique goods and services will lin...

Pilgrim Lutheran Church’s Tabitha Society hosted its annual Women’s Banquet. The theme this year was “That’s Amoré” and was seen in the food and decorations. Women walked into Pilgrim’s new gathering space to the sound of classic Italian music. The hanging chandeliers cast a warm glow on the tables as the space was filled with chatter. Reverend Mik...

A Cleveland city councilman is leading the charge to see a change in the celebration of the holiday known as Columbus Day. Councilman Basheer Jones, and some of his colleagues and supporters rallied on the steps of Cleveland City hall Monday night. They called for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. The hope is to ho...

When you walk into an Italian restaurant, there's something very homey about seeing black and white family photos on the wall. And at Mama Catena's, family is important. It was family who endured through the aftermath of a fire that happened two years ago and shut down the restaurant for just shy of a year. It's family members like Frank Catena, wh...

Reece Block is coming back to a familiar place. Block, a recent University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate who hails from Oconomowoc, worked at Mama Mia's for a number of years before taking a marketing role with Sysco, a food and service business. When he was 16, Block started at Mama Mia's in Wales as a host. He went on to became the general man...

Hungry? A new neighborhood traditional American spot has you covered. Called Bristol Republic, the fresh arrival is located at 1124 N. High St. in Italian Village. This new business provides a Nashville-inspired dinner, drinks and happy hour menu. On the menu, expect to see items like Texas-style spare rib platters, pulled pork sandwiches and mac a...

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm - Where: PianoForte Studios - 1335 South Michigan Avenue, C Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with PianoForte Foundation on the occasion of FARE CINEMA 2019, the Italian Cinema Week in the World, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International...

Sarah Grueneberg visited Madison College to show students her creative process behind her Italian cuisine. Interviewed by Lindsay Christians, who writes for “The Capital Times,” Christians shares her own love of food and dining with Sarah Grueneberg and Madison College throughout the interview. Continuing the Chef Series on April 10, Grueneberg was...

There was a final goodbye Wednesday for the man known as the "voice of Chicago's Italian-American Community," Dominic DiFrisco. Family and friends, and those who admired him, packed the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in the city's Little Italy neighborhood. With Frank Sinatra music playing, hundreds of Chicago's movers and shakers gathered for the c...

A former Wauwatosa resident held many roles in his lifetime. He was a husband, a dad and — twice — a Catholic priest. The Rev. John Pantuso died April 26 at the age of 79. He had a unique personal history, leaving the priesthood for love and being reinstated after his wife's death. Pantuso's children, former Wauwatosa Ald. Bobby Pantuso and Joe Pan...

Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Entrance: Free. The second edition of a special event dedicated to Italian film industry professionals, highlighting their talent around the world. As part of the intiative, over 100 Italian cinema ambassadors will travel the globe to talk about...