The daughter of a 20th-century saint is opening an international pilgrimage center in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, who is the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), is opening the center to promote the sanctity of the family and the protection of all human life.  Effingham Radio reports that the center will be named...

Dolci Amori, an Italian bakery owned by Ciro Longobardo (who’s also a co-owner of the Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno in the Fulton River District) has been a work in progress for more than two years. First the pandemic hit. Then the pastry chef couldn’t immigrate from Naples to Chicago because the borders were closed. Then there was a long wait f...

A native of Ferentino, Italy makes an impromptu stop in Rockford, Ferentino’s sister city. Matteo Cervoni was at a medical conference at Georgia Tech when he decided to end his first visit to the United States with a trip to Rockford. “I know a lot of people that come from my same country and he loves Ferentino,” says Cervoni. Rockford and Ferentin...

United Airlines restores the daily direct connection Naples - New York/Newark with the first flight departing from Naples airport. The connection will operate until October 29. It joins the daily direct flights, operated all year round, from Rome and Milan Malpensa to the airline's New York/Newark hub and the seasonal connection from Rome to the Wa...

When: May 23 - July 8, 2022, Visit by appointment only, Wednesday through Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm CT - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - Entrance : Free G.E. Kidder Smith Photographer is a multi-site exhibition curated by Angelo Maggi and Michelangelo Sabatino. In conjunction with the publication of G.E. Kidder Smith Builds: The Trave...

An Italian sandwich shop with bread baked in-house is opening on the border of Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. Firenze, 2121 W. Division St., offers sandwiches made with schiacciata, a popular flatbread found in Florence, Italy, for which the restaurant is named. Options range from turkey pecorino to truffle prosciutto and roasted veggie. The co...

When: Thursday, May 19 at 6pm CT - Register for the online Webinar at this link. Delimiting, separating, excluding, and isolating—at times architectural structures have implicitly reinforced the nature/culture divide that has not only defined our daily activities but that has also shaped our anthropocentric conception. This lecture focuses on selec...

The Chicago Italian Beef is a unique hyper-local regional favorite. It's definitely one of those "If You Know, You Know" kind of foods. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone from northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin that has never had one and just as hard pressed to find a decent Italian beef outside of that area. If you ever see an Italian beef...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will celebrate a beloved media veteran and a revered elected official at this year’s Dante luncheon. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on May 26 at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. Radio and TV news legend Bob Sirott will receive this year’s Dante Award at the event, and Illinois Secretary of State Je...

Adolph Maestranzi was born with Down syndrome in 1951, at a time many parents were told it might be best to institutionalize a child with the condition and move on with their lives. Instead, his parents Ben and Madelyn Maestranzi raised him in a home filled with music, good food and love from his four siblings. “My brother went on to live a rich, f...