In the bustling city of Chicago, the Italian beef sandwich reigns supreme. Its rise to culinary fame in the city is steeped in history and cultural significance, from its humble beginnings in Italian American kitchens to its present-day status as a beloved icon of Chicago's rich food culture. With a recent surge in its popularity, driven by its pro...

Executive Chef Steve Chiappetti has announced the opening of Archive Lounge, a new Sicilian pizza and wine destination in the heart of Streeterville, Chicago. Located on the lofted, second level of Hotel EMC2(228 E. Ontario St.), Archive is a spirited expression of cuisine inspired by Chef Chiappetti’s Italian heritage, with a focus on house-made a...

Dominic Fletcher and Nicky Lopez, two of Team Italy’s best performing players in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, are reunited on the Chicago White Sox. After signing Martin Maldonado, Paul DeJong and Kevin Pillar as well as making a trade with the Atlanta Braves to get Max Stassi and Nicky Lopez, the Chicago White Sox made another important trade...

Ralph “Hack” Pasqurella was born in Melrose Park in 1917 to Gaetano and Gabriella Chiero Pasqurella, who immigrated to the U.S. as teens. His father came from Melizzano in Campania and his mother from Trivigno in Basilicata. Pasqurella’s father died during the 1918 flu epidemic while his mother was pregnant with their second child. She eventually r...

Many times we have described the historical and cultural reasons why attacks on Columbus are based on falsehoods, unacceptable and wrong. The Italian American comity is defending itself and the symbol it has chosen, in different ways. One of these ways is the legal way. Those who removed the Columbus statues and cancelled Columbus Day, not only obe...

Join Emerson Bowyer, Searle Curator, Painting and Sculpture of Europe, for an after-hours look at Canova: Sketching in Clay, the first exhibition to focus on Italian sculptor Antonio Canova’s lesser-known but unforgettable work in clay. The show reveals how the most famous 18th-century sculptor developed his ideas—from the first brilliant spark of...

Growing up in Detroit, Noah Zamler learned to make pasta beside his mother and grandmother. Now, Zamler is living out his childhood dream as co-owner and head chef of Terra e Mare (Land and Sea), an Italian restaurant that opened at 404 S. Wells St. in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, Block Club Chicago reported. Zamler partnered for the venture...

A powerhouse restaurant group that has recently opened some of the North Shore’s most acclaimed dining establishments will soon be bringing scenes from an Italian restaurant to downtown Highland Park — alongside a sizable serving of grant funding from the city. Highland Park’s City Council during its Monday, Jan. 29 meeting approved an economic inc...

It’s been another long day! I did a cooking segment on WGN TV this morning, which meant I had to prep it last night until about 2 a.m.! Yes, cooking segment! I prepared a recipe of what I call “Sunday Dinner Lasagna Rolls,” topped with my Bolognese Sauce. I gotta say, it was pretty darn good, for a rock ‘n roller! I would not call myself a chef, as...

When: February 16 2024, 18:00 (Local time) - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago presents an exclusive screening of the Italian opera La bohème, presented at Teatro alla Scala in Milano during the 2022/2023 lyric season. On t...