The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there's one change he would like to make to his title. "Leave out the 'little' thing," he said. "I'm 8 years old, come on." Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year's Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won the title of Little Miss Ital...

by Marco Valsania   Italian companies took center stage yesterday at the FMI Connect, one of the leading food and beverage B2B fairs in the United States. Italy was named host country at the three-day event in Chicago, that brings together 900 sellers from all over the world and thousands of buyers from large American supermarket chains. &n...

Joseph Martucci Jr. will be honored as Man of the Year by the Italian American Police Association on Nov. 7 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. Frank DiMaria, second vice president of the FOP Lodge 7, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. (708-268-1495) "As a lifelong union organizer, Joe has had a significant positive i...

By Sarah Bryan Miller   "Bel canto," Italian for "beautiful singing," is a phrase that gave its name to both a style of singing and a variety of 19th century Italian opera. It's the title of the award-winning 2001 novel by Ann Patchett, and, now, an opera by Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz.   Commission...

by Valeria Fanelli   The Consulate General of Italy has organized a special event, on June 2, to introduce a cinema-culinary journey designed by the images of a great Italian photo reporter, Rino Barillari to Chicago's public.   The event will represent a connection between the art of photography, the culinary Italian quality, and the...

In addition to performing in Rockford's Festa Italiana, the Amici Italiani Adult Dance Troupe is again performing at the 2014 Chicago Taylor St. Festa Italiana!   Their performance is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 2014, @ 3:00 p.m. You will be able to see them perform on the Pan American Bank Stage. See the Amici Italiani Adult Dance...

by Daniel I. Dorfman   One of the concerns for years regarding downtown Glencoe has been a lack of dining options, but an area businessman is hoping his experience in the restaurant world will change that perception.   Glenview entrepreneur Rick Raschillo is planning to open Cibo Trattoria with a focus on upscale Italian food. The new...

by Ashok Selvam The wait's almost over for the North Shore as the owners behind Ballaro, a new 112-seat Italian restaurant, hope —pending inspections— that they'll open in three to four weeks in suburban Highwood. The restaurant, an homage to Italy's Ballaró market in Palermo, was conceived by two North Shore friends, Mark Newman and Josh Kaplan,...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association celebrates local Italian heritage through things like Festa Italiana and the Amici Italiana dance troupe, but now the group wants to celebrate the history of local Italian families. The group is asking all Italian-Americans in the Rockford are to take part in the Immigration Histories of Rockford's...

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will honor a trio of outstanding Italian Americans on Sept. 28 at Monastero's Banquets in Chicago. Josette Weber, Dominic Candeloro and Paul Ciminello will step to the podium at the organization's annual Medal of Merit luncheon. Tickets are $35 for adults (cash bar) and $15 for children 2 to 12 years of a...