When customers walk into the new and improved Ohio City Pizzeria (3223 Lorain Ave.) later this month, they should be prepared for a revamped menu in an old-school Italian setting.On Friday, July 19, the neighborhood staple will reopen under the ownership of West Side Catholic Center (WSCC), which provides food, clothing, shelter, and other services...

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2019 showcasing award-winning films from Italy opens Sept. 5-26 at the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, the Atlas Cinemas Eastgate in Mayfield Hts. and the Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square Arts District. All films ($10) are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Pre-film dinners are Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5:30-7...

“Quando ci si innamora si fanno follie, che non si sarebbe mai creduto possibile. A volte perfino troppe!” confessa, sorridendo, Michael L. Cioffi. Americano, di Cincinnati, in Ohio, di origini italiane e tedesche, ha sempre avuto un sogno nel cuore fin da bambino: scoprire quella terra da dove tutto era cominciato. E, come un vero mecenate del Rin...

A region of Ohio steeped in Italian culture is showing off its local cuisine with a new culinary passport. The Italian Food Trail is designed to draw tourists and residents to 15 participating restaurants, markets, pizza shops and wineries throughout Trumbull County, to appreciate the Italian food offerings. Some of the county’s most memorable dish...

Giovanni Castiglione was walking through the concourse at Progressive Field with his family and friends when he was approached by two men who asked to take a photo with him. Castiglione, 16, sheepishly giggled and posed with the two gentlemen who were in their 40s. “Dude, you were awesome tonight. THAT’S the way the anthem is supposed to be sung,”...

Rocky Colavito was on the other end of the phone. I called the former Tribe star to talk about his July 5 appearance at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square during All-Star weekend in Cleveland. He will be joined by former Tribe teammates Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant and Vern Fuller. “Is the theater a nice place?” asked Colavito. “You’ll love it,” I s...

Scholarship presentations were the highlight of the Italian American Cultural Club’s May meeting held at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield. The club presented $1,000 scholarships to Joelle “Joey” Tarquinio in memory of Teresa Zryini; Maia Talarico in memory of Bob Ryan; Samantha Kaczmarek in memory of Augie Avoli; Carlo Recinella in memory of Denise Ma...

For those of you, like me, who have wondered why the local restaurant is named “Viva Maria”? Here’s why. Viva, in Italian, means: “Hurrah!” Maria is an Italian name. Put them together and what you’ve got is an endearing salutation to restaurant owners Susan and Dominic Fricano’s daughter Maria. Maria, by the way, is a relatively well-known jazz sin...

Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country, viewed by their powerful northern counterparts as corrupt and unciviliz...

Saturday, July 6, 2019. 7:00pm – 8:00pm Cocktail Reception (open bar & passed hor d’ouerves). 8:00pm – 10:00pm Round Table Discussion on the History of Italian-Americans in Baseball and Our Future. Nido Italia 12020 Mayfield Road Kent Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Located in the heart of Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. Purchase tickets here. T...