by Nick Kindelsperger   The Italian beef stands out rightly as one of Chicago's most distinctive hometown sandwiches, a mess of gravy-soaked meat which should arrive topped with pickled giardiniera and roasted peppers.   As great as the sandwich can be, most versions are built on soft and soulless rolls that offer little flavor of the...

"We hear a lot about change these days: climate change, change of pace, change is good," says Marcia Piemonte, director of events at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. "For the last several years, Mother Nature has made the weekend of our Festa di Tutti i Santi one of her hottest and stormiest of the summer. This year, a decision was made to change...

The recent flurry of Italian restaurant openings (Nico Osteria, Eataly, Cicchetti, Azzurra) has us thinking about some of our favorite classic Italian foods. Namely, sfogliatelle.   A successful sfogliatella—the clamshell-shaped, baked ricotta–filled pastry associated with Naples—is a creature borne of patience and balance. Producing its cru...

by Marco Valsania   Italian companies took center stage yesterday at the FMI Connect, one of the leading food and beverage B2B fairs in the United States. Italy was named host country at the three-day event in Chicago, that brings together 900 sellers from all over the world and thousands of buyers from large American supermarket chains. &n...

By Sarah Bryan Miller   "Bel canto," Italian for "beautiful singing," is a phrase that gave its name to both a style of singing and a variety of 19th century Italian opera. It's the title of the award-winning 2001 novel by Ann Patchett, and, now, an opera by Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz.   Commission...

by Valeria Fanelli   The Consulate General of Italy has organized a special event, on June 2, to introduce a cinema-culinary journey designed by the images of a great Italian photo reporter, Rino Barillari to Chicago's public.   The event will represent a connection between the art of photography, the culinary Italian quality, and the...

In addition to performing in Rockford's Festa Italiana, the Amici Italiani Adult Dance Troupe is again performing at the 2014 Chicago Taylor St. Festa Italiana!   Their performance is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 2014, @ 3:00 p.m. You will be able to see them perform on the Pan American Bank Stage. See the Amici Italiani Adult Dance...

by Ashok Selvam The wait's almost over for the North Shore as the owners behind Ballaro, a new 112-seat Italian restaurant, hope —pending inspections— that they'll open in three to four weeks in suburban Highwood. The restaurant, an homage to Italy's Ballaró market in Palermo, was conceived by two North Shore friends, Mark Newman and Josh Kaplan,...

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will honor a trio of outstanding Italian Americans on Sept. 28 at Monastero's Banquets in Chicago. Josette Weber, Dominic Candeloro and Paul Ciminello will step to the podium at the organization's annual Medal of Merit luncheon. Tickets are $35 for adults (cash bar) and $15 for children 2 to 12 years of a...

March 12, 2015 - Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMSaks Fifth Avenue - 700 N Michigan Avenue - Chicago, Illinois. This event is designed for those of you who are traveling to Italy this year and want to learn the proper vocabulary to use in a shop!   It will really be a unique shopping experience in Italian language with experien...