A popular fast-casual restaurant chain with deep roots in the Windy City is ready to leave its mark on the Motor City. Portillo's will open its first Michigan location on March 16 in Sterling Heights at 14425 Lakeside Circle. Portillo's, famous for its Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs and chocolate cake, has more than 60 locations in...

Eric Nittolo has lived in Northern Michigan for much of his life. Now, he’s setting out to open his own restaurant in Lake Leelanau, Nittolo’s Pizza, to celebrate good company and good food. “My son Dominic is spear heading it and my whole family is just going to be involved in the summer,” said Nittolo He says for their grand opening on Saturday,...

At first, it was just Anna Vincenzi, assistant professor of history, who made her home teaching at Hillsdale College. Now, she’s joined by her husband, Lorenzo Bonaiti. And they’re bringing Italy to Hillsdale.  After moving to the United States six years ago, Anna and Lorenzo now teach in Hillsdale’s history and language departments respectively. L...

Fast-casual Portillo's will open its Chicago-style hot dog joint on Hall Road in mid-March, the Chicago-based company announced this week. Construction crews are hard at work on the 7,900-square-foot building at 14425 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. The site was formerly occupied by Andiamo Italian Bistro, which was demolished. Opening day for...

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan commemorates those Italians who suffered persecution as a result of the Racial Laws imposed by the Fascist government and under the Nazi occupation during World War II. In commemoration of the Giorno della Memoria, we will talk to Profess...

Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative.  This entry is a special submission from Max Scoli, who is currently a Senior at the University of Michigan in honor...

We’re back with another Takeout Tuesday and this week we’re featuring two places with one owner. Victor Ventigmilia told us all about Ventimiglia Italian Foods and their sister restaurant Mangiabevi Urban Italian. Ventimiglia’s is a grocery store and deli with award-winning sub sandwiches. They are known for their classic Italian sub and their eggp...

Genitti’s Hole-In-The-Wall has been part of the fabric woven into downtown Northville since 1971. For half a century, our warm embrace to all through laughter and heaps of family-style Italian cooking has made walking through our front door feel more like inviting friends into our cozy, bustling home filled with indelible memories made around the t...

In 1999,  then-President Bill Clinton nominated Marianne Battani for a position on the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. Now, after a 40-year career in law, she's stepping down from her role as a federal judge.  “It has been my great joy to work with you and to create so many friendships,” Battani, 76, said in a farewell lett...

On a 40-acre plot of land in Howell, in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, stands the humble foundation for the establishment of a worldwide network of health care facilities that St. Pio of Pietrelcina set in motion nearly 70 years ago. In 1956, Padre Pio, as he is best known, founded Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, or Home for the Relief of Suffer...