Pasquale’s Pizza & Pasta House began serving customers in Westerville back in the 1980s. The fact that Pasquale’s is still serving today says a lot about the operation. I’m going to say more: If you like crispy thin-crust pizzas enriched with generous amounts of good cheese and toppings, as well as old-school Italian-American food, you’ll like Pasq...

One of the problems that the Italian American community has always had, and the consequences of which it has always paid for, is division, the lack of unity. When I say that Italian Americans are, to all intents and purposes, Italian, even if some of them do not have an Italian passport that officially certifies it, I mean that there is an Italian...

The coronavirus pandemic upended America’s school systems over the past 13 months as most schools in the nation closed their doors for an extended period to combat the spread of the virus. “Virtual learning” became an everyday term in our households, sports and extracurricular activities were cancelled, major fundraisers were delayed, and school bo...

Board members for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially declared Thursday night that this year’s event will proceed at Heritage Port in Wheeling. Members of the event’s board of directors met at what was described as a “lively” meeting Thursday evening, discussing options and eventually electing to move forward with the wildly...

A walk through Cleveland’s Little Italy in 2021 allows visitors to time travel through a history of Cleveland if they know where to look. It’s why the Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation is working on an updated neighborhood plan to better guide developers so future projects in the neighborhood reflect what the community wants. Buildings that ha...

The Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival will be back in Courthouse Square in August, but the Wings & Wheels at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and SLOAS Airfield will stay grounded for another year. Italian festival President Carole Ficeti said the board continued to meet via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and went back and forth on whether...

Columbus Day 2020 was particularly special for the Italian American community of Northeast Ohio.  On this day, the Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE) was established.  Hon. Basil M. Russo, National President of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and Hon. Deborah J. Nicastro, Board Chair of the Italian American Museum of Cleveland,...

Federico Foods isn’t a convenience store to stop by for a gallon of milk and a loaf of Wonder bread. This is a fourth-generation family owned local business offering authentic imported Italian foods, a tradition of more than 90 years. Faithful patrons know what’s there — everything from pasta, cheese, cured meats, olive oil, spices, and bread and r...

Luca and Lola Sema opened Luca Italian Cuisine in the Flats in 2013. Four years later, they expanded with Luca West in Westlake. Well, it’s four years later and, yes, a new restaurant is coming: Acqua di Luca, with plans to open around mid-May. The couple bought the former XO Prime Steakhouse in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic but didn’t have...

I don’t live anywhere near Bainbridge, so the inside of my car is a hot mess right now. That statement might not make a whole lot of sense until you, too, pick up a few pies from Pizzeria DiLauro, which opened mid-February in that sleepy little Geauga County township. The thought of letting those slices languish in their cardboard crypts for 25 min...