Akron's Italian-American Festival is back with the city-sponsored family event Taste of Italia Thursday through Saturday at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. The festival will include authentic Italian food, including  pizza, sausage and peppers, espresso, cannoli and Peroni beer. Guests can also enjoy assorted wines and a game of bocci. Admission is free...

Every wheelie was pointing up at Matthew Parisi. With the lead rider standing on his seat on one leg, 30 motorcycles ripped up Howard Street on Sunday. Heading away from downtown and up Akron's North Hill, they passed the intersection where Parisi wrecked his motorcycle and broke his back in 2019. Parisi was thrown from his bike after hitting a cur...

The Akron area has a rich Italian history, so there are many great choices for where to get the best food in town. But I know that can be overwhelming. So I've narrowed it down for you. Here are the three best choices you'll find right in town. I have to be honest, Piada is by far the most convenient option for great Italian food. You can download...

Stage and film actor Steven Scionti, and his wife, producer Kimberly A. Ray, decided 2½ years ago to leave behind the hustle, bustle and expense of Los Angeles and move to Kimberly's native Northeast Ohio to settle down for a quieter life. The couple now lives in Uniontown, close to where Kimberly, whose maiden name is Read, grew up in Green. After...

I wish there was a Planet Fitness-like "no judgement zone" for sub and hoagie connoisseurs like me. I'm just a simple, humble plain ol' Italian sub or hoagie kind of guy. The simpler the better. My love of subs and hoagies started in the most unlikely of places and this is where the "no judgement" thing kicks in. My first memory of eating an Italia...

What an Amazing Night! Viva La Panza, the premier fundraising and networking event of the Italian community, drew 450 men and women to Todaro’s Party Center on Wednesday October 28, 2021 for an evening of great food and comaraderie. The event downsized from 670 attendees to 450 was in recognition of Covid concerns. The celebration presented by the...

Randy Katz lives on a 3½-acre farm tucked behind Copley High School’s football stadium. He has 540,000 bees and lots of plants to keep them busy. They love Katz and all his gardens. “You name it, I grow it,” said the retired scrap yard owner who is now the Summit County apiary inspector. “Flowers, tomatoes and peppers.” Katz sells bouquets of flowe...

An Akron sculptor is earning new recognition for his role in creating eight iconic statues on Cleveland’s skyline. In the early 1930s, Italian immigrant Cory Fiocca helped carve the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now known as Hope Memorial Bridge. The 43-foot art-deco figures, sculpted out of Berean sandstone on the bridge’s fo...

I’ve been around the rock keeper for years. Well, if you’re not turning, you’ll be nearby without dining in a slightly upscale restaurant with valley views. It is very close to the cinema and opposite the parking spot before biking. Ohio & Erie Canal Toe Pass Trail Towards the peninsula. The rock keeper seemed too good to stop by before and after t...

Akron City Council has wrapped up a three-year long process to do away with Columbus Day. Beginning in 2021 because of the pandemic, the city will celebrate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Day each October. September will be known as “Welcoming Month.”  Eliminating Columbus Day in Akron was first introduced in 2017. Councilman Russel Neal Jr....