One of the greatest and most beloved players in Indians history is about to be immortalized forever. The Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating funds to help complete a statue of Tribe legend Rocky Colavito. The Italian American Brotherhood Club in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood is behind the effort and has been s...

The eldest brother refers to theirs as a "traditional Italian American upbringing" in Cleveland. Extended family members, he says, were "always forming businesses together and running them together ... sort of the immigrant-family kind of dynamic." So, of course, when Anthony Russo and his younger brother, Joe Russo, decided to become filmmakers, t...

Alan Canfora wouldn’t like a teary obituary. He didn’t like mawkishness, particularly sentimental descriptions of his decadeslong dedication to righting the wrongs of what he called the National Guard’s “intentional massacre” of four Kent State University students on May 4, 1970. Canfora, who spearheaded the 50-year-long movement for social justice...

Chef Dante Boccuzzi has begun construction on his newest restaurant concept, Goma, on the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. Despite the bleak winter likely ahead for most restaurants, Boccuzzi is moving forward with the plans he announced before the pandemic hit. Goma will be a sushi restaurant--similar to his Tremont establishme...

Leo’s Italian Social is set to open Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Crocker Park. The restaurant, owned by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Leo’s Italian Social is in Center Circle at 200 Crocker Park Blvd., down the street from Burntwood Tavern, which the company also owns. It’s the sec...

Vincent Francioli was an educator, civic leader, historian, WWII veteran, and a proud Italian American. He passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on October 17. His legacy includes the Fairwood Community Association, the Larchmere Business District, the Republican Veterans Group, and a host of former students and friends, many of whom were Italian Ame...

Frankie Restifo, known to Clevelanders as "Uncle Frankie," is retiring from Gust Gallucci Italian Foods after working at the business for more than half a century. “We never thought this day would come, but tomorrow, after working with three generations of the Gallucci family, at 93 years old, Uncle Frankie is retiring. Whether through pandemic, de...

When people we love and admire pass from this earth, invariably we remember first how they were as a person, the lives they touched, and not the worldly things they've amassed. How can I adequately describe this special human being; selfless, humble, wise, quiet man of a few words who had a passion for helping others. A generous heart, never seekin...

The Conference of Presidents of the fifty largest and most influential Italian American organizations in the United States has unanimously elected Basil M. Russo to serve as the organization’s new president. The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, as the organization is officially known, is headquartered in New York Ci...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States