Automobili Pininfarina is making waves across the globe with its limited-edition, full-electric Hyper-GT: the Battista. Named fondly after the founder of the famed Italian design house, this electric hypercar blends the beautiful styling that Pininfarina is known for with the latest technology, culminating in a truly groundbreaking vehicle. With su...

A civic leader is demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologize for the obscene and derogatory remarks a lawsuit alleges she made about Italian Americans during a phone call to discuss the statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Arrigo Park. That statue was taken away on Lightfoot’s orders in 2020 after it became the target of protests and vand...

Nick Smeriglio’s career has taken off since his TikTok impersonation of Sebastian Maniscalco blew up the internet in September 2020. Back then, he earned reviews from Maniscalco himself plus invaluable screen time when the fellow Arlington Heights native spotlighted Smeriglio’s video on the Jimmy Kimmel show. In October 2021, Smeriglio packed his b...

Coco Pazzo in River North is marking 30 years in Chicago. The Italian restaurant was one of the first to serve Tuscan-inspired food in the city. Located at 300 W. Hubbard, it opened in the winter of 1992 serving up ultra-thin pizzas, seafood vegetables, meats and chicken in a special wood-fired oven.Breads are baked in house and pastas are made fre...

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gene & Georgetti Chicago is feeling positive about a busy March. Beginning today, the 81-year-old Chicago restaurant will honor its tradition of offering a special menu during the Lenten season. “This was a tradition that started when I was a little girl, and one that we love to honor,” says third-generatio...

St. Peter’s, the architectural wonder that dominates the skyline of Rome, is more accessible than you think. The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia houses its own capolavoro of the iconic basilica and its adjacent piazza. Just take a short car ride to west suburban Stone Park and an invigorating ascent to the third floor, and there it is in all...

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization is fielding applications for its 2022 scholarships. CIACO bestows more than a dozen $2,500 scholarships annually to high school seniors based on academic achievement and need. Checks are traditionally presented at a banquet hall at the group’s Honor and Hope Gala, but this year, they’ll be gi...

They say it takes a whole village to raise a child. In the case of Casa Italia, Italian Americans across the metropolitan area recently rallied around the beloved institution. The Casa was hit particularly hard by the pandemic last year, canceling its spring gala and losing a quarter of its operating revenue in one fell swoop. But when the going go...

The Italian American Political Coalition will honor a pair of local dynamos at its annual Heritage Celebration. Leyden Township Assessor Al Biancalana will receive the coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, and DuPage County board member Sam Tornatore will receive the group’s William Paca Award. The event is slated for March 24 at Elm...

The year is 1800, the city is Rome and Mario Cavaradossi, a painter and revolutionary, is in love with the beautiful singer Tosca. Baron Scarpia, the chief of police, covets Tosca for himself, setting the stage for one of opera’s great tragedies. When a political prisoner and ally of Mario escapes, Mario is apprehended for questioning. Revealing no...