“Mio Dio!” (Oh my God!) - these are the words Janet Badia most associates with her first trip to Italy to discover her family’s roots; as she recalls, “they capture both the surprise and delight of an incredible adventure.” Janet traveled to Italy with her sister Lisa for the first time in 2012. Growing up immersed in the local Italian American com...

The eldest brother refers to theirs as a "traditional Italian American upbringing" in Cleveland. Extended family members, he says, were "always forming businesses together and running them together ... sort of the immigrant-family kind of dynamic." So, of course, when Anthony Russo and his younger brother, Joe Russo, decided to become filmmakers, t...

Could Downtown Loveland get any better? One local restaurant has proven that it definitely can and all it took was a little bit of authentic Italian cuisine! On Friday, February 5th Rodi Italian, located at 115 Karl Brown Way in the Downtown Historic District of Loveland, hosted a “Favorite People” dinner, in which yours truly was invited, where ow...

Piada Italian Streetfood, a Columbus-based company, has partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to launch Piada Gives, an opt-in donation program. Guests who opt-in to the program via the new Piada app will automatically donate 1% of every purchase to a charity or non-profit making an impact. “Service is at the heart of what we do at Piad...

Mary Josephine D’Amico was the oldest child and only daughter in a close-knit Italian family. Her parents made sure she and her brothers were raised with Italian customs, celebrated Italian feasts, and had a sense of pride in their Italian heritage. Church was also a central part of family life in the D’Amico household. Mary Jo’s prayer life, inclu...

Ron Pizzuti has strong opinions on public art—and the city hasn’t always agreed with them. Nearly a decade ago, the Columbus developer and renowned art collector launched a campaign to bring a new artistic landmark to the Downtown riverfront: a six-story, hourglass-shaped steel sculpture called Columbiad.  Pizzuti viewed the proposal as a chance to...

Alan Canfora wouldn’t like a teary obituary. He didn’t like mawkishness, particularly sentimental descriptions of his decadeslong dedication to righting the wrongs of what he called the National Guard’s “intentional massacre” of four Kent State University students on May 4, 1970. Canfora, who spearheaded the 50-year-long movement for social justice...

For three years, pizza lovers in Northeast Ohio got to know Adam DiLauro and his pies thanks to the Pizzeria DiLauro food truck, a mobile trailer with a built-in wood-fired oven. Last winter, DiLauro parked the rig to refocus his attentions on a brick-and-mortar pizzeria of the same name. When it opens in early to mid-February in Chagrin Falls, Piz...

Sbarro announced the opening of its second restaurant in the Columbus market with EG America. The restaurant is located inside the Turkey Hill on Cleveland Avenue and is part of seven planned openings in the Columbus market in 2021. Sbarro and EG Group, the parent company of EG America, have also recently opened two stores in the United Kingdom and...

For the better part of the fall, the scuttlebutt around Lakewood’s culinary scene had to do with changes afoot at Detroit Avenue restaurant Lindey’s Lake House, which opened its doors in 2019. It turns out that the rumors were true, with Lindey’s Lake House being renamed and rebranded Bar Italia. The new eatery is expected to open later this month....