It’s been a long, eerily quiet year at the Mazzini-Verdi Club in Franklin Park. The once-bustling facility at 9230 W. Belmont Ave. has been shuttered since March 2020 because of the pandemic, and club leaders and members are looking forward to returning to business as usual. “The club is like a second home to us, and we deeply miss gathering there,...

“Keep your reputation clean because it stays with you. If you have a good reputation, people will know it,”, said Gianni Vitale, owner of Gianni’s Restaurant in downtown Litchfield. Vitale has worked his whole life to build an outstanding reputation in the food industry. For years, he and his wife, Caterina, ran two fine dining restaurants on The H...

Casa Italia will be ready to hit the ground running once restrictions are lifted thanks to the generosity of the Italian-American community. The Calabresi in America Organization got the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation to fund a host of improvements. Among them are new emergency and exit lighting throughout the property, new boilers in the Co...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans came roaring out of the gate at its first official meeting following the January installation of its 2021-22 officers.Recently elected President Ron Onesti and a burgeoning cadre of JCCIA leaders have the organization hitting on all cylinders as they upshift into their two-year terms. The meeting was h...

Self-proclaimed pizza connoisseurs take notice: Altamura Pizza isn’t your conventional pizza place, but the pie is as authentic as it gets. Everything is either homemade or imported and you’ll be left craving more pizza, prosciutto, and maybe a flight to Italy. The Hinsdale spot is an Italian, take-home-and-bake pizza and specialty shop whose conce...

One year ago, the rector of the shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii was looking at empty pews after COVID-19 restrictions took effect in Chicago. The shutdown was a crisis for many churches, and for the 100-year-old shrine in Little Italy, it could have spelled disaster. They relied on contributions to the collection plate to keep the church going. "We j...

Whether you're in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Chicago’s best Italian restaurants. If you ever sneak off to Colorado in the winter, be sure to check out our list of best Italian restaurants in Aspen. 1. DAISIES Vegetables play a leading role at chef-partner Joe Frillman’s charming 70-sea...

You most certainly do not need to be on the West or East Coast to experience noteworthy Italian cuisine in America. Cities such as Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis feature some of America’s most exciting restaurants for contemporary Italian-inspired and classic dishes. Recent openings and spring newcomers in these great food cities will include a...

A group deciding the fates of dozens of Chicago statues and monuments met for the first time Thursday night. Statues like those of Christopher Columbus have sparked protests and vandalism. But as CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, their future is not set in stone. Last summer, the city temporarily removed three statues of Columbus – one in Grant Park...

It was the tweet heard around the world. On February 9, the official account of the City of Chicago wrote “proud to be the pizza capital of the world.” The reactions in the Twittersphere and beyond were unsurprisingly swift and impassioned. Phil Murphy, the governor of New Jersey, immediately responded with “I’m incredibly proud to be Governor of t...