The Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan is proud to announce that Festa Italiana is back bigger and better than ever. The event will take place on July 16, 17, and 18, 2021 at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. There will be plenty of great food, drinks and continuous live entertainment on the Lucido Family Stage, in additio...

Jader Bignamini was onstage with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May, conducting a brand-new piece as its composer watched from her seat. She promptly spotted something unusual: Bignamini had no music stand. He didn't have her score. He was conducting the world premiere of her work … from memory. For DSO vice president and general manager Erik Ro...

St. Rocco – St. Anthony Society has decided to cancel this year’s Italian Festival dinner and picnic originally scheduled the weekend of July 23. They say they considered the many safeguards that are necessary to ensure the full safety and well-being of the public and members and felt taht a full resumption of the celebration this year would be pre...

The highlight of the June 2, 2021 meeting of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan (IACCM) was the presentation of the 2021 scholarships.  This year eighteen submissions were received and thirteen scholarships were awarded, totaling $13,000.  The main source of funding for the scholarships is a golf outing held annually.  Even though...

Madonna celebrated her dad's 90th birthday alongside her six children and has praised him for raising her to respect the "importance of hard work". The 62-year-old pop star has taken to Instagram to reveal she was joined by her kids - Lourdes, 24, Rocco, 20, David, 15, Mercy, 15, Estere, eight, and Stelle, eight - at the Ciccone Vineyard & Winery i...

A Roman Catholic group dedicated to a popular Italian saint sued a southeastern Michigan township Wednesday after the local government rejected plans for a chapel and prayer trail in a wooded area. The project was approved by the planning commission in Livingston County's Genoa Township, but the township board rejected it, 5-2, on May 3. Catholic...

Even as teenager, Francis Asti knew what he wanted to do with his life. The aspirations he listed in his Maryland high school yearbook include receiving a culinary arts education and owning a restaurant. The 30-year-old, who has been working in the food business for half his life, owns Asti’s Italian Steakhouse located at Grand View Golf Club, an 1...

A new, modern seafood restaurant with Greek, Italian and Spanish influences is coming to downtown Birmingham later this year.  Bella Piatti owner Nino Cutraro has teamed up with Jay Feldman of Feldman Automotive to open Mare Mediterranean where Cameron's Steakhouse was at 115 Willits.  Cutraro says in addition to offering North American seafood, th...

Maybe Ed Carella didn’t have a choice. After all, he’d basically been raised in a pizzeria. His parents, Tina and Angelo, were immigrants from Naples and had opened a pizza and pasta spot in Chicago. Ed spent much of his boyhood working there. “As a kid, I literally grew up in … a pizzeria on the south side of Chicago.” It stuck. Today he is owner...

A new rooftop bar and restaurant located in downtown Flint has an incentive for its current employees and new workers.The hospitality industry has been hit hard with challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major issues that resonates with restaurants across the country is retaining employees and attracting new talent. Restaurant manage...