“Here,” said chef Gaetano DiBenedetto, as he handed me what looked like a pale pink rose. It was mortadella, cut very thin, folded a few times into delicate leaves, most unlike the pale brownish sausage flecked with fat that’s usually the last thing eaten off a deli party tray. I didn’t recognize the mortadella at first: it was so good and so unlik...

Legendary Chicago Italian restaurant Spiaggia, which has been open for 37 years, announced Friday it is permanently closed. Owners of the Michelin-starred restaurant and its sister concept, Café Spiaggia, were unable to restructure its soon-to-expire Michigan Avenue lease, a move that “was necessary to reflect the realities of operating a restauran...

You can watch the final game of the UEFA Euro 2020 Cup final between Italy and England this weekend at a popular Far Northwest Side Italian bar. Italian restaurant BarTucci, 3426 N. Harlem Ave. in Dunning, will host a big watch party for the final game starting 1 p.m. Sunday in the Piazza Italia parking lot, which is home to a variety of Italian sh...

One of my favorite things about Michigan's Upper Peninsula is that there are so many small and unique towns and cities that have absolute staples of the community. From what I'm learning, that's exactly what Ralph's Italian Deli in the small city of Ishpeming, outside of Marquette, is for them. From the outside it looks like your normal small town...

Hey mambo! Festa Italiana is set to make its return to Mokena July 18 in the Metra lot on Front Street. And after a year away because of the pandemic, one can bet the party will be a memorable one this year. The day is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Mokena Intermediate School, 11331 195th St.,with a procession marking the Feast of Our Lady of Mou...

After guarding the Korean DMZ for most of his tour of duty in the Army during the Vietnam War, Luco Clarizio watched over fallen soldiers returning to the States, escorting their caskets from the airport to the cemetery. The oldest of two sons born to Dominick and Mary (Viola) Clarizio, Luco was brought into this world by his maternal grandmother i...

As the director of the Chicago office of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Luca Di Vito’s job is to illuminate Italy’s vast cultural treasures and burnish the country’s image around the world. In a sleek office on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the Italian government offers up a wealth of cultural riches in the form of movie screenings, lectures on art...

Italian Design Day 2021 Moto Guzzi: 100 Years Friday, July 9, 2021 at 6pm CT The Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, Piaggio Group and the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago celebrate Moto Guzzi’s 100th birthday: one hundred years of passion, success, adventure, innovation and the sheer joy of riding motorcycles.

Italian Design Day 2021 The Future of Creativity: Design Itineraries between Italy and the USA Thursday July 8 2021, 11.30 CT The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the Department of Architecture at the University of Florence, and the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology present...

You’ve got to have guts to open a red sauce joint in Chicago, especially if you’ve never even been to Italy before. But if chef Soo Ahn has proven anything this past year, it’s that he has nerve. In 2020, Ahn walked away from Chicago’s Band of Bohemia, where the executive chef had earned a Michelin star for the restaurant, citing a toxic work envir...