The flavors and aromas of Tuscan cuisine star at Coco Pazzo in Chicago. This year the eatery is celebrating its 30th anniversary of bringing quality Tuscan-inspired dishes to diners in the Windy City. "I'm thrilled and so appreciative that we have been embraced by the community and they've supported us throughout the past 30 years," said Jack Weiss...

In the Before Times, Daniela Vitale and Steven Jarczyk made a name for themselves selling cheesy, gooey, deep-fried rice balls at farmers’ markets. Like many nimble food businesses, their Sfera Sicilian Street Food pivoted during the pandemic, jarring sauces and delivering their arancini chilled and ready to reheat at home. In October 2020, things...

Lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be the guest of honor at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’s Night at the Fights on May 5 at the Des Plaines Theatre. Olympic medalist Antonio Tarver, Junior Welterweight champ Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi and WBC Lightweight champ David Diaz will also attend, and entertainment will be p...

I absolutely love sweets. I love Italian pastries even more. I am going to let you all in on my favorite Italian bakery in Illinois. The name of this bakery is Italian Bakery in Addison. I had moved from my hometown of Melrose Park to the Wood Dale/Addison area and needed a place close to home for Italian pastries. I remember growing up and I would...

When: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30pm CT - Where: Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL IDR (Italian Doc Remix) announces the release of Pandemonium, a new album that reconnects immigrant memory with the ritual and folkloric sources so crucial to their music. As part of their 2022 North American Tour, IDR will perform at Constellation in Chicago...

State Rep. Bob Rita brought together state and local leaders on the frontlines of the fight against violent crime to explore solutions to the problems his constituents are facing. In late March, Rita hosted a “Combating Crime” roundtable discussion at Calumet Township Community Center in Calumet Park. On hand were mayors and police chiefs from the...

Monday, May 9, 2022, 5:30 PM CDT. Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 North Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL 60611. Inspired by his new book "Le Immagini dell’Amore" (The Images of Love) published for Marsilio, Roberto De Gaetano leads a dialogue with Prof. Armando Maggi, on representations of love in traditional literature and cinema, with a...

The Cardinal Bartolucci Foundation Choir will travel from the Vatican to the Windy City this week for four Chicago-area performances. The choirmaster at the Sistine Chapel for almost 50 years, Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci oversaw the music for the sacred liturgies conducted by generations of popes. The choir established in his name now disseminates...

When: Thursday, April 21 at 6pm CT - What: Online webinar "Le Voci della Natura: Ecologies and Nature in Italian Arts - 3/ Giuseppe Penone: Ecological Thinking" - Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago One of the most innovative artists of the Arte Povera movement, Giuseppe Penone explored the complex relationship between the natura...

Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage restaurant had a lot going on last month this March, celebrating their 42nd business anniversary. But on my trip to the Tinley Park Pop's location for an influencer marketing assignment from Deerfield based PR firm All Points Public Relations, I learned about what else Pop's does well on top of preparing scrumptious eat...