Certain entities give a neighborhood that, well, neighborhood feel. A corner bar with well worn floor. A small, family-owned store. A small park, a library, an old church. And an Italian restaurant. Palazzo has been serving this West Side Cleveland neighborhood just a few blocks south of Edgewater Park for several months under the tutelage of owner...

Pat Tiberi was voted by peer CEOs as CEO of the Year in the small nonprofit category for 2019. Pat Tiberi’s story couldn’t be much more American. The son of a steelworker, he grew up in an Italian immigrant family that took its Catholicism seriously. His first job was at McDonald’s when he was 16. He loved playing the trumpet and sports while he wa...

Rosso Italia is scheduled to open its doors on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The space is adjacent to Blu, the Restaurant, also owned by Brad Friedlander. The restaurateur said in a release "opening an authentic Italian restaurant has always been a dream for me.” Rosso Italia will feature steak, seafood, chicken and pasta, but also charcuterie and "innovative...

The Cleveland Opera is doing it again. Setting aside mainstream repertoire, it’s producing an opera largely unknown in Northeast Ohio. This Friday and Sunday, at the Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland, the company led by Dorota Sobieska will stage Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut,” in collaboration with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. The chamber-style perform...

For the first time in nearly a decade, Andrea Bocelli will perform in Columbus. Bocelli's December 14 concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm at the Schottenstein Center. He'll perform along with the Columbus Symphony. Recently, Bocelli announced a new PBS Special celebrating his 60th birthday, along with his annual tour of the United States. Boce...

The Italian American Cultural Club finalized plans for its fall fundraiser, Festa Del Vino, when members gathered for their October meeting held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant. Judy Krenzel, chairman, reported that Festa Del Vino will be held Nov. 8 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and wine-tasting available...

A University of Cincinnati associate professor of classics is leading an archaeological project in the ancient Punic-Roman city of Tharros, located on the western shores of Sardinia. Originally from Australia, Steven Ellis moved to the U.S. to work at the University of Michigan before coming to Cincinnati in 2007. Now, Ellis researches Roman urbani...

You know the name: Incorvaia. And you know that this name is synonymous with home-style, made-from-scratch, classic Italian-American cuisine.  But do you know the new restaurant, Keith and Chris Incorvaia’s Bene Italiano, which opened in mid-June? “Two brothers, one vision” is the motto you’ll see as you walk in the door. And the two brothers in th...

“Nursing home” is a contradiction in terms for many Italian Americans, for whom the word “home” conjures images of Sunday dinners surrounded by friends, family and, of course, food. Lisa Cini grew up amid such celebratory weekends and today fights to bring some of that warmth and spirit to adult care. As an interior designer of long-term care facil...

A new Italian restaurant called Cirò opened Wednesday (Oct. 23) at 110 W. Union St. in Athens, in the building that formerly housed the Corner on Union restaurant and W.G. Grinders before that. The owners of Cirò – which is named after a coastal city in southern Italy – said earlier this month that the new establishment hopes to bring more Italian...