If you're a fan of Italian cuisine like myself, I'm here to bring good news. I used to think that Connecticut's bigger cities: Danbury, Waterbury, New Haven, Hartford, etc. had the best Italian restaurants. I may be wrong because for the second time in as many months, a new Italian-cuisine based place has opened up along Federal Road in Brookfield....

After a Freedom of Information Act request to the Chicago Park District (CPD) about the Christopher Columbus statues removed this past summer, attorneys for The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) found a plethora of paperwork signed over fifty years ago. Included was a signed agreement that in essence states, “The Park District will...

The owners of Old Crow Smokehouse have reopened their prominent River North restaurant space swapping barbecue for pizza. Tree House, a colorful bar and restaurant with a nature theme and pizzas out of a wood-burning brick oven, is operated by sisters Samantha and Korina Sanchez, daughters of prolific hospitality owner Sam Sanchez (Old Crow, Moe’s...

Whether it’s the seascapes of the Amalfi Coast, sun-drenched hills of Tuscany, or romantic piazzas of Rome, there’s a piece of Italy that is beckoning all of us right now. And while current circumstances are keeping us away from the real-deal a little while longer, there is some locally sourced comfort to be found—all through Chicago’s rich culinar...

First, to set the record straight: This is not a review. It is primarily a note of appreciation to Maestro Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director, who has not been able to conduct his beloved orchestra since the arrival of the pandemic last March, but has kept in constant touch with his musicians from his home in Ravenna, It...

Pasquale Gianni is the president of the Avanti Club. The Avanti Club is an organization for young Italian Americans. The club is an affiliate of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, or JCCIA.  The Avanti Club is for young people interested in networking, meeting new people, or who just want to get more involved in their Italian American...

Ravanelli’s Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar is a tradition for so many families across the Metro East, and it has been for 60 years now. Their Collinsville location is newly renovated and now includes a pretty awesome wine bar. The Ravanelli’s menu has gotten some updates, too. Ravanelli’s says that it took about seven months to get these renovatio...

Crediting the JCCIA with setting him on his life’s path, Ron Onesti is looking to return the favor as the organization’s incoming president. At awards ceremonies, it’s not uncommon for recipients to well up as they recall those who helped them earn their place at the podium. Installations of officers tend to be more stoic affairs, but there Ron One...

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is inviting current and former parishioners to buy a paver for placement in the Shrine’s Garden of Remembrance. “If you’ve ever had a special moment in this sacred place, if you’d like to honor a loved one or commemorate a special date, please consider being a part of our Garden of Remembrance,” Shrine Rector the R...

Walking my dog, Antonio Michelangelo Martello, has proven to be an enlightening experience. As we casually stroll through beautifully preserved Pullman. I not only have the opportunity to visit with any Pullmanites we see. I also get to take note of the changes made to Pullman’s original architecture. Since 1907, all of the residences in Pullman ha...