On Nov. 19, award-winning chef, author and television personality Lidia Matticchio Bastianich will return to Milwaukee to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, "Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant." Ever since it opened its doors on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in...

On Thursday evening, Jan. 17, the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., will dedicate a new two-story stainless steel abstract sculpture. The shiny sculpture, which might suggest ocean waves or the feathers of a bird, stands on a grassy area on the center's west side, facing Jackson Street, in the Third Ward, which was once Milwaukee's Litt...

Festa Italiana is, of course, the city's major Italian festival and it takes place each July, bringing delectable Italian cuisine to the Summerfest grounds. But each April, half a block west of the Henry Maier Festival Park, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., A Taste of Italy draws Milwaukee in to check out the ICC and sample tast...

Everything from Roman antipasti and fried calamari to gelato and pizzelle can be sampled at A Taste of Italy, which returns to the Italian Community Center in the Third Ward on April 22. Admission and parking are free; a book of six tickets is $10, and single tickets are $2 apiece. Every item from the 30 or so food and beverage booths costs one tic...

On October 25, 2017 the Pompeii Women’s Club had a Halloween party at their general membership meeting. Some of the ladies dressed up in costumes. We had music and merry meant by John Puckner. For the Pompeii Women’s monthly donation/charity we collected 60 pairs of old prescription glasses for the less fortunate. Which will be delivered to Tower O...

One year after taking over the catering and restaurant operations at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward neighborhood, Bartolotta Restaurant Group unveiled the changes. Bartolotta fully renovated the interior of the ICC, repainting the walls in various shades of grey, replacing the carpeting and lighting and updating the...

Significant upgrades are in the works for the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St., an entity which has only seen minor renovations since opening in 1990. The improvements are taking place beginning this month, thanks to capital investments from both the ICC itself and the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, which assumed responsibility for the...

Festa Italiana is accepting recipes in its second annual Chef's Choice Recipe Contest. Recipes for Italian appetizers are due June 15 and can be submitted by mail or email. A Festa food committee will select the top five recipes based on ease of preparation, creativity and appearance. The five participants will be notified by mail and asked t...

Among the more than 300 festas that every year celebrate Italy in the US, a number that seems impossible but instead is real, today our interview will bring us to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Let's face it, this is not the first city that comes to our mind when we think about the American places of the Italian emigration: and probably it isn't even in the...