Balistreri's Bluemound Inn is a welcoming spot that's worth a stop any time of year, but it's particularly wonderful during the month of December. The Italian-American bar and restaurant is festooned with Christmas lights and decorations, including full-sized trees, garland, ornaments, nutcrackers, angels, stars, candy canes and kid-sized Santas. T...

For more than 25 years, Joe Bartolotta had been the very public face of Bartolotta Restaurants, a dining empire of 10 public restaurants plus catering at several prominent venues, restaurants for employees at the Kohl’s corporate campus, and franchise licensing for three airport restaurants. His death in April came as a shock but not a surprise, sa...

Italian die casting manufacturer, Bruschi SPA is launching its North American operations on the northwest side of Milwaukee at 8050 N. Granville Woods Road. Based in Milan, Bruschi was founded in 1948. The company produces parts for automotive, telecommunications and household device applications. "We are proud to call Wisconsin the new home for ou...

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...

Go to a Catholic Mass anywhere in the world, and it’ll be nearly identical. Steadfast rituals and beliefs for hundreds of years: that deep-rooted sense of tradition is what has sustained parishioners like Milwaukeean Margaret Balistreri through the demolition of her Italian-American community’s spiritual home — twice. “Our church is gone, but we’ve...

Members of Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, look forward to welcoming people from across the country to attend the annual Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA) Conference in Milwaukee. The IFAFA conference is educational and enriching, as it brings together those who love the Italian culture.  Offered are workshops...

The Carmen Porco Story: Journey Toward Justice biography provides a compelling and beautifully written account of Rev. Carmen Porco's life journey. It shows how he has used his housing ministry to help lift people out of poverty. Although Rev. Porco went through one of the country's finest seminary schools, he is not a traditional pastor by any mea...

It’s official: Milwaukee County now has an Indigenous People’s Park. The county board recently passed a resolution that renames Columbus Park as Indigenous People’s Park. The resolution came from freshman Sup. Felesia Martin. It was her first piece of legislation, and she previously told Urban Milwaukee that it encapsulates her goals for public ser...

Headlining this year’s entertainment lineup is the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band and country superstar Phil Vassar—who are sure to put on unforgettable performances! New this year is an entire lineup of regional entertainers from Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as many Italian favorites returning including Tony Spavone, Joe Scalissi, Jenna Esp...

Gli Sbandieratori Ducato Caetani di Sermoneta negli Stati Uniti d’America. La trasferta del gruppo per due festival dedicati alla cultura italiana di cui saranno ospiti d’onore. Si tratta della “Festa italiana” di Detroit, in programma dall’11 al 14 luglio, dove in qualità di “ambasciatori del folklore” italiano, sfileranno per le strade della gran...