One of the area’s longest running, family-owned restaurants, Verucchi’s Ristorante has been serving up hungry visitors to Starved Rock Country since 1914. Building their reputation on some of the areas best fried chicken, Verucchi’s real claim to fame is their pasta menu featuring over ten authentic Italian recipes brought over from the Old Country...

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022 the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) and the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago will participate in the 6th edition of the Italian Design Day dedicated to “Re-generation. Design and New Technologies for a Sustainable Future.” The Institute will present “I, You and It: Stories of entanglement between species” a series...

Curing meats in-house is becoming somewhat of a lost art. But Chris Thompson has made that meticulous process the foundation of a newer restaurant in Logan Square.  Opened last July, Lardon offers an assortment of charcuterie and salami made by Thompson and his staff.  “There’s still a lot of people in this country still fanning those flames and ke...

The Sarah Siddons Society bestowed its 2021 Leading Man Award upon local theater luminary Dominic Missimi. The society funds scholarships to promising theater arts students at top Chicago-area universities, including the Theater Department at Columbia College, Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt Univ...

Automobili Pininfarina is making waves across the globe with its limited-edition, full-electric Hyper-GT: the Battista. Named fondly after the founder of the famed Italian design house, this electric hypercar blends the beautiful styling that Pininfarina is known for with the latest technology, culminating in a truly groundbreaking vehicle. With su...

A civic leader is demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologize for the obscene and derogatory remarks a lawsuit alleges she made about Italian Americans during a phone call to discuss the statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Arrigo Park. That statue was taken away on Lightfoot’s orders in 2020 after it became the target of protests and vand...

Nick Smeriglio’s career has taken off since his TikTok impersonation of Sebastian Maniscalco blew up the internet in September 2020. Back then, he earned reviews from Maniscalco himself plus invaluable screen time when the fellow Arlington Heights native spotlighted Smeriglio’s video on the Jimmy Kimmel show. In October 2021, Smeriglio packed his b...

Coco Pazzo in River North is marking 30 years in Chicago. The Italian restaurant was one of the first to serve Tuscan-inspired food in the city. Located at 300 W. Hubbard, it opened in the winter of 1992 serving up ultra-thin pizzas, seafood vegetables, meats and chicken in a special wood-fired oven.Breads are baked in house and pastas are made fre...

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gene & Georgetti Chicago is feeling positive about a busy March. Beginning today, the 81-year-old Chicago restaurant will honor its tradition of offering a special menu during the Lenten season. “This was a tradition that started when I was a little girl, and one that we love to honor,” says third-generatio...

St. Peter’s, the architectural wonder that dominates the skyline of Rome, is more accessible than you think. The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia houses its own capolavoro of the iconic basilica and its adjacent piazza. Just take a short car ride to west suburban Stone Park and an invigorating ascent to the third floor, and there it is in all...