Emanuele Andrizzi said he’s honored and excited to conduct the Chicago premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s rarely performed opera Il Corsaro, scheduled for July 22 and 24 at Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. Andrizzi, co-founder and Music Director of the Opera Festival of Chicago (OFC), which is staging the production, said the 18...

It’s easy to make the argument that the annual feast is the soul of the Italian American neighborhood, and for the true feast aficionado, it’s the music that is the soul of the feast! And no two people know this better than this week’s guests, the talented musicians at the helm of two of Italian America’s most renowned feast bands, Marty Caliendo a...

A bakery offering contemporary and classic Italian pastries is now open in Wicker Park with another location opening in Lakeview this weekend. Dolci Amori, 2010 W. Pierce Ave., is the latest project of Ciro Longobardo, who also owns Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno in River West. The Wicker Park bakery opened Thursday, the first of four Longobardo...

Movies and TV shows about the inner workings of the culinary world have let us peek into restaurant kitchens before. But FX’s new “The Bear” is the first to force you to work in one. As the series (streaming on Hulu) opens, the young chef Carmen Berzatto has left behind a soaring career, replete with awards like the James Beard Foundation’s Rising...

The Italian-American community will salute Peter Silvestri at a retirement party on July 22 at Casa Italia. “Peter Silvestri has faithfully served the citizens of Elmwood Park and surrounding communities for nearly half a century,” says Casa Chairman Ron Onesti. “We invited the entire community to celebrate the life and career of one of our communi...

The Italian American Human Relations Foundation in Chicago presents its 2nd Annual Venetian Night Boat Parade on the Chicago River. Join us for Chicago's Famous Venetian Night and honoring Secretary of State Jesse White. Chicago's Venetian Night brings the charm of the famous Venice boat parades along with decorated boats, entertainment, and a gran...

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Shrine will celebrate the 129th anniversary of its devotion to the Blessed Mother on July 17. Festivities will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass in English and 9 a.m. solemn Mass in Italian, followed by a procession with the statue to a noon field Mass. A procession through the streets of the parish afterward will...

Italian immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families on Chicago’s Near West Side were honored on May 22 with the naming of Piazza Italia di Chicago at 1434 W. Taylor St. The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association (LICNA) spearheaded the renaming of the former Piazza Di Maggio, installing flags that represent each of...

Occasionally when I scroll through social media, I will see something that just stops me in my tracks. When that happens, I immediately screenshot whatever it is. I do this for two reasons. #1- I have a sort of "bucket list" compilation of photos stored on my phone. They serve as reminders of "Hey, Chad. Remember! You need to do this or visit this...

In baseball and in life, “three strikes” are typically a bad thing. But for world-class bowler Carmen Salvino, it’s just another day at the office. He began his career as a professional bowler at 19 years of age, and 70 years later, he’s only now looking back at just how many pins he’s knocked down. Carmen was born in the Taylor Street neighborhood...