by Kerry Lester   Over the years he tried wooing her with calls, trips to Italy, and becoming close with members of the family. After a decade, he's finally scored a date.   Ron Onesti's quest to bring Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren to town isn't a romantic venture, but it's undeniable he -- and just about everyone else --...

Adrian Da Prato, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's violin section from 1946 until 1996, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Chicago. He was 94.   Born in Barga in 1920, in the region of Tuscany, Da Prato became fascinated with the sound of the violin while attending silent movies as a child in his native Italy. The films were acco...

Katherine Amari O'Dell and Joseph F. Locallo III have joined their illustrious fathers as partners at the Law Offices of Amari & Locallo. O'Dell graduated from Queen of All Saints Grade School, Regina Dominican High School, Northern Illinois University and The John Marshall Law School. A former assistant Cook County State's Attorney for three year...

di Francesco Semprini   Un ambizioso piano di sostegno del «made in Italy» di eccellenza attraverso il lavoro dell'Italian Trade Agency (Ita), e nell'ambito di un cammino sempre più concreto verso il trattato di libero scambio tra Europa ed Usa (Ttip). È questo il messaggio emerso nel corso della missione che ha avuto luogo a Chicago nei gio...

by Paul Blasco   It's been 25 years since Gianni Delisi opened up his dream restaurant on Halsted Street. And in a few months, he will mark the 25th anniversary of the day his future wife walked in the front door.   For Delisi, the block has changed a great deal over the past 25 years, but the authentic Italian dishes that made t...

by Madeline Skaggs   Dan Rosenthal hasn't opened a restaurant in more than 10 years. Now the man behind Trattoria No. 10 and Sopraffina Marketcaffes is about to open two restaurants in one space in Streeterville.   Rosenthal, a 45-year industry veteran, is planning another Sopraffina — his sixth — and an as-yet-unnamed small-plates It...

by Penny Pollack and Graham Meyer   Like Anita Ekberg, Dolce Italian (Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., no phone yet) plans to make a splash in early summer when it opens in Italian-crowded River North.   Along with a second Dolce Italian in development in Atlanta, the Chicago location will join the famiglia of Miami's Dolce Italian, a...

Corporate leader Lisa Emerson and Loyola administrator Rev. Michael J. Garanzini will share the spotlight when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 16 at the Palmer House Hilton. (708-338-0760) The following officers will be formally installed at the event: Jessica DePinto (president), Frank A....

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will host a presentation by Prof. Gaetano Cipolla on Oct. 25 at Monastero's Banquets in Chicago. (773-588–2515) America's foremost authority on Sicilian language and culture, Cipolla will present his 2015 book "The Poetry of Giovanni Meli," celebrating the 200th anniversary of the death of Sicily's gr...

Di Roberto Zanni   Ci si può fermare in 'Piazza Di Maggio': ci sono delle panchine e c'è una grande statua in bronzo per ricordare uno dei più grandi giocatori di baseball di tutti i tempi.   Siamo a Chicago, nella 'Little Italy' e 'Piazza Di Maggio' è uno dei luoghi più visitati perchè proprio di fronte c'è la 'National Italian Ameri...