A new gelato shop is coming to Ohio. I Scream Gelato is kicking off 2023 with a new franchise location in Columbus, marking the second franchise deal closed for the brand. The latest location was purchased by Christopher and Jennifer Myers and is set to operate within Polaris Mall. “The entire I Scream Gelato team is thrilled to bring aboard these...

D’Italia Foods deli opened last week at 6310 Engle Road, Brook Park in building formerly occupied by Pasta Lears Pizzeria and Deli. This marks the second D’Italia restaurant in Northeast Ohio. The first is in Westlake. Both are owned by The Cleveland Restaurant Group, which operates several other restaurants in the region. The new deli will offer s...

The Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens announced today that Anthony Iapoce (eye-uh-POH-see) has been hired as the 2023 manager of the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens. Iapoce becomes the tenth person to manage the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field and the 58th in Toledo baseball history. The 49-year-old from Astoria, NY worked last year as th...

This summer, downtown Cleveland lost a 40-year-old legend when Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta abruptly closed its shop. But come spring, another local legend will take up the mantle to provide hot slices for all.Geraci’s Slice Shop (603 Prospect Ave.), an extension of the 60-year-old brand, launched this summer in Willoughby as part of The Yard on 3rd. T...

This is one in a series looking at how immigrants and children of immigrants have settled in Northeast Ohio and brought their native dishes and cooking styles with them. Loretta Paganini’s original career path was to be an elementary school teacher. However, getting married and moving to the United States led her in a different direction. In 1989,...

Students interested in the Food in Sicily study away program, scheduled for May 10-31, 2023, are invited to attend an upcoming information session on Microsoft Teams. Participants in the study abroad experience can earn six Ohio University credits, learn about the culture of food in Sicily, and get hands-on experience tasting and making Sicilian di...

There's been a lot of construction on East 185th Street, and while major investments are being made to position it as Cleveland's next popular neighborhood, a restaurant at the heart of it all stands as a testament to the street's past, and anchor for its future. Scotti’s Italian Eatery is where food, reasonable prices and warmth have kept customer...

In 1994, Charlie Manno was assigned to entertain two Italian priests on a trip to Chicago. When the Rocky River man took the priests to the airport after their visit, they wanted to reward his kindness. So, Father Franco Todisco pulled out a notepad and wrote down an old family recipe for infusing lemon and coffee liqueurs. Manno thought nothing of...

Although Veterans Day honors the living, anytime is appropriate to honor the memory of a courageous local hero, John T. Frisina, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps.  I learned of him from my Benedictine High School classmate Russ Davis, a member of the undefeated Bengal football team and “mythical” Ohio Champion of 1964. While visiting Little Italy for Col...

In the middle of the pandemic, Tony’s Italian Ristorante was struck by a huge loss on the heels of the Columbus Brewery District restaurant’s 40th anniversary.  Antonio Stanley, the restaurant's chef and an employee of 32 years, died at age 53. The restaurant’s owner, Tony Scartz, lost not only a friend but also a key ingredient to the restaurant’s...