It was a rare opportunity for one Milwaukee school -- and it came with a big reward. "This is the official visit, first official visit in Wisconsin -- and I'm very happy to be here," said Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Italian consul general. Finocchiaro is based in Chicago -- and on Monday, Dec. 10, he traveled to Milwaukee's Italian Immersion School. "It...

Ferrante’s Restaurant & Signature Catering in Mequon has delighted taste buds and filled stomachs for over four decades. Many of its dishes are original family recipes from Rome that have remained unchanged. Like some Italian-American restaurants, Ferrante’s—as its name suggests—offers catering. But unlike other Italian-American restaurants, Ferran...

In the Italian American community, where traditions are a fundamental part of the rich cultural heritage that those who are part of it proudly claim, folklore has a particular importance, which is sometimes difficult to understand here from Italy, where we unfortunately often neglect the importance of our traditions. The Italian Folk Art Federation...

After years of Ristorante Bartolotta holding the crown, a new king of pasta has been crowned. It isn't exactly new, though, as winner Tenuta's Italian Restaurant has been a Bay View staple since 2003. If you want authentic Italian in a quaint neighborhood setting, this is your place. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and staff and service are s...

For a long time, Milwaukee-style pizza meant one thing: cracker crust, a lightly sweetened sauce, plenty of toppings and cut into squares. Though the moniker of “Milwaukee-style” often draws consternation from pizza purists who correctly argue that this style exists in other places, there’s no doubt that we gravitate to that favorite style and have...

Seriously, the "Cheers" reference is a tired one, but the idea of a third place where you're so comfortable and well-known that it feels like being among friends in your own home remains so powerful that we all just keep coming back to it. That's how I feel about Club Garibaldi, 2501 S. Superior St., a place I first stepped into at some point in th...

“Ho voluto essere presente a questo appuntamento per confermare la mia vicinanza anche a quelle comunità italiane distanti dai grandi centri, meno raccontate e testimoni di una vecchia generazione di emigranti”. Queste le parole della senatrice Francesca Alderisi (FI), eletta nella Circoscrizione Estero, ripartizione Nord e Centro America, alla 41a...

There are worse ways to start one's on-screen career than starring in a movie with Robert De Niro. That's how it began for actor Louis Vanaria, appearing in the icon's 1993 directorial debut "A Bronx Tale" as Crazy Mario. Since then, he's made a nice career of small character roles and bit parts, working on set next to the likes of Martin Scorsese...

This weekend's Festa Italiana is designed to indulge all of the senses: - Listen to Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello sing Broadway favorites and dig into his Louis Prima songbook. - Watch the Flag-Throwers of Sermoneta, Italy, demonstrate a folkloric art with roots that go back a millennium.  - Smell and taste the customary delights of sausage, s...

Festa Italiana will return to the Sumerfest grounds this year from July 20-22, bringing a taste of Italy to Milwaukee’s lakefront. New to the festival this year is Sbandieratori Ducato Caetani, a flag-throwing group from Sermoneta, Italy. They will perform a folklore portrayal of the Duke of Sermoneta and Captain of the Pontifician troops’ return h...