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I grew up in a very meat and potatoes family. We ate our share of pasta, too, but, when we did, it usually wasn’t anything more than canned Prego over boxed Barilla spaghetti. If it was a leftover/fend-for-yourself night, it more than likely was ravioli prepared by the illustrious Chef Boyardee. It wasn’t until I was about age 14 and visiting a fri...

Years ago, Wendy Popko imagined creating illustrations that would come to life but could never find the technology to do it. Now that she's discovered the magic of augmented reality (AR) she can't wait for the public to see the mural she's been commissioned to create on the wall of Ventimiglia Italian Foods for the Sterling Heights Public Art Progr...

Rome's archaeological site at Largo Argentina is about to undergo major works, funded by luxury jeweller Bvlgari, to open up the city's fabled 'Area Sacra' to visitors for the first time. Best known as the scene of Julius Caesar's assassination, the Largo Argentina site includes four Roman Republican temples, dating from between the third and secon...

Miko’s Italian Ice has opened for the season. Both Miko’s locations — at 2236 N. Sacramento Ave. in Logan Square and 4125 N. Kimball Ave. in Irving Park — opened for walk-up service Friday. The locations are open noon-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting, but co-owner Zach Roombos encouraged neighbors to check Miko’s website or social media pages befor...

The surprising call came in March 2020 to a suburban home in a quiet Lakewood community. “I apologize if this is the wrong person...,” the woman’s voice on the other end started. As 71-year-old Yale Geftic listened, his eyes widened and he yelled for his wife, Nancy, to come to his side. Geftic was for the first time hearing the voice of a sister h...

The campaign Barbie Role Models has found its latest representative. Meet Milena Baldassarri The young sports professional has been playing rhythmic gymnastics since she was . In 2018, she became the Italian champion and 2020 was supposed to be her international confirmation. Despite Covid-19 putting a stop on her dreams, Baldassarri has kept exerc...

Bakery Square is getting a little taste of big Burrito. The restaurant group plans to open AVP, an extension of its Alta Via brand, this fall in the East Liberty development. The company also runs Mad Mex, Casbah, Kaya, Eleven, Soba and Umi. Inspired by the cuisine and lifestyle of California’s wine country, the new spot will serve more casual Ital...

Despite Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo putting up elite production since starting to come into his own in 2018, some people have refused to acknowledge how good he is. There is actually a portion of the Mets fan base who still refer to Nimmo as a fourth outfielder, even though he has quite simply been one of the most valuable outfielders in all of b...

Today we’re diving into Italian witchcraft, also known as Italian-American Stregheria. Italy has a long history, and each of Italy’s regions has its longstanding traditions and culture. These traditions also include various beliefs, superstitions, and witchcraft.  This tradition was popularised in the later 20th century by Italian-Amerian witchers....

Given the country’s rich history, world-renowned gastronomy, and spectacular natural beauty, it’s no wonder that people across the globe have been dreaming about their next vacation to Italy. As the steady rollout of vaccinations continues, there’s no better time than the present to start scoping out the perfect destination for your next trip. For...

In case you haven’t heard, DiCarlo’s Pizza uses provolone cheese. Period. The second Central Ohio location of DiCarlo’s and its cheese can now be found in Italian Village, with a takeout and delivery-only joint at 91 E. Fifth Ave. The family-run business, which has been slinging pies since 1945, is well-known for a particular kind of pizza. Some mi...

A longtime special teams coordinator, John Bonamego recently ascended the NFL coaching ranks thanks to his dedication to teaching the fundamentals. After a long career as a special teams coordinator in the National Football League, John Bonamego says there is one thing he’s most proud of. “I have never had a previous relationship with the coaches I...