Does Sam Montalbano know how to say no? Terry Young of Springfield doesn’t think so. “I don’t know that he’s told anybody no," said Young, who nominated Montalbano for The State Journal-Register’s 2019 First Citizen Award. “He’s always been the guy, no matter what you needed, you knew you could always count on him to do whatever was asked of him.”...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Mentesana Weber Chandelier Room of the Community Center at Casa Italia and feature a wine-and-cheese reception...

Celeste Raspanti, a volunteer archivist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, remembers stories her mother told about their family forging a friendship at the dinner table with St. Frances Cabrini as they helped her minister to the poor in Chicago. “She drank wine, she ate pasta, she sang songs,” Raspanti said of St. Frances. When Raspanti’s grandfather wa...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to auto racing legend Mario Andretti at a Nov. 9 induction and awards gala at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont. A 1981 inductee of the hall of fame, Andretti earned victories in 111 races during a career that spanned five decades and six continents. Along the...

Chicagoland is, in my opinion, a great place for Italian cuisine. And, of course, Italian wine. I enjoyed some wonderful wines on a recent trip, most from the Old World because that’s what I seek out when in the Midwest. Old World wine and Italian beef sandwiches. A visit with one of my favorite brothers always involves Italian wines. He dutifully...

The Rockford Italian Sister Cities Alliance will hold its annual fundraiser, A Taste of Italy V, from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Venetian Club. Several local restaurants will provide samples for tasting, including Napoli’s (pictured). The cost is $25 per person; only 200 tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit Rockford Italian Sister Citi...

Following its sold-out Los Angeles and Off Broadway runs, “I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” will premiere in Chicago at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, in late October. Directed by award-winning actor and director Joe Mantegna and produced in partnership with Lenny Bruce’s daughter Kitty, the play was written by and s...

In celebration of the Lyric Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” August Ventura will presents a Verdi-focused evening that includes the long-lost film “In the Mouth of the Wolf.” Set in Parma, Italy, Verdi’s birthplace, the film depicts American soprano Margherita Roberti, maestro Alberto Erede, and co-stars Renato Cioni and Piero Cappuc...

The excruciating wait to devour a haul of food from Eataly is about to get a lot shorter with the debut of the Italian marketplace’s latest restaurant, which will allow guests to pick their own raw ingredients from Eataly’s various market counters for their meal. Eataly Chicago will open the “market-to-table” concept, Osteria del Mercato, on Nov. 1...

È cominciata oggi la missione negli Stati Uniti della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, che durerà 5 giorni, con tappe a Chicago e New York, per promuovere il comparto agroalimentare del Friuli Venezia Giulia. La delegazione regionale, guidata da l'assessore regionale al Turismo e Attività Produttive, Sergio Emidio Bini, sarà protagonista del viaggio...