Crown Point’s Erma Mucci, who first registered to vote 82 years ago and voted in every election since, died on Thanksgiving. She was 105. “That was always instilled in us, that our voice counted and our voice mattered,” said Mucci’s daughter, Susan Garretson. “My mother was a modern woman before women were modern.” Mucci was recognized by the...

After months and years of planning, construction, and lots of anticipation, Portillo’s has opened its new Fort Wayne location to the public. The fast-casual restaurant brand known for its Chicago-style menu celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. Mayor Tom Henry made an appearance and spoke about the addition o...

Back in the 1930s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy was the place to get dressed up and go out to eat in downtown Indianapolis. Originally located at 323436 S. Illinois Street (where the Hyatt hotel currently sits), Iozzo’s was the largest restaurant in the Midwest—with a dining room that sat 500 people and a banquet room that could seat 350 more. There wer...

In an exceptionally-clean race that saw only two caution periods across 500 miles of battling on-track, Italian driver Michele Costantini was the man left standing at the end to win the inaugural running of the Open-Wheels.com 500 Mile Race on Sunday. Costantini, who pilots the No. 66 Dallara IR-18 Honda for Apex Racing Team with Indy 500 Group, le...

NFL’s Adam Vinatieri, placekicker for football’s Indianapolis Colts, is quite the guy. First, Vinatieri is the oldest player (age 46) currently playing in the NFL. In pigskin land, this is old. Naturally, this gives folks pause to wonder if “he’s still got it.” And for a while, there was good reason to doubt. Vinatieri missed five of eight kicks...

The University of Notre Dame is delaying its plan to cover up 19th century murals depicting Christopher Columbus in America that have long been criticized for their stereotypical images of Native Americans and blacks submissively posing before white European explorers. The Catholic university based in South Bend, Indiana, announced in January that...

On November 27, Dr. Philip Todaro will lay down his stethoscope, close the doors of his office and retire after 46 years of serving the medical needs of many in the Bainbridge and Decatur County area. Dr. Phil grew up in Italy, where he received his preliminary and advanced education in Sicily. Then, in 1959 he emigrated from Palermo to Detroit, M...

Earlier this month, the team behind Indianapolis coffee shop Georgia Street Grind brought another coffee brand to life: Bovaconti Coffee. With an upscale, vintage-style interior featuring plenty of exposed brick, painted tile ceilings and custom tile work, the multiroaster cafe reflects the historic character of the building in which it sits, as we...

Whether you visit Comfort Roast Coffee House and Cafe for a good cup of coffee, a soothing tea or a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, you'll find many interesting selections to choose from on the menu. The coffee house/cafe, located on 119th Street in Whiting, is a cozy establishment. Its setting features traditional tables and chairs but also cushi...

The owner of a defunct downtown restaurant that focused on specialty diets plans to open an Italian restaurant at the same location early next month. Pomodoro—Italian for “tomato”—will open at 15 E. Maryland St., which until June was occupied by Nook, a restaurant that served food catering to diners who were on the paleo, Whole 30 or keto diets. Th...