Santa came to town two weeks ahead of schedule Sunday as he made his first appearance at the Italian American Veterans Post No. 1 in Lorain during its all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Organized by Ladies Auxiliary President Bambi Dillon, the breakfast has become a staple for the post alongside its spaghetti dinners. However, Dillon decided to add...

Last week the owners of Pelino’s Pasta debuted a new sandwich and gelato shop in the Short North called Piazza Pelino. It takes over the former Piece of Cake space facing Warren Street, next to The Lox Bagel Shop and across from the Graduate Hotel. The shop debuted just in time for Holiday Hop on Saturday, which drew in huge crowds and closed down...

An event that helps support one of the biggest festivals in the Ohio Valley and local students in the community will happen this weekend. It is that time of year for the annual Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival Gala. For the 4th year, Undo’s West in St. Clairsville will host a gala to raise money for the famous Upper Ohio Valley It...

A little taste of Italy has arrived in the Short North. Piazza Pelino officially opened its doors at 772 N. High St. on Wednesday, November 29. The goal of the aptly-named spot is to transport guests to an Italian piazza – where you’ll normally find a gelateria and easy, portable foods like focaccia sandwiches, says Co-Owner Vinny Pelino who runs t...

Thru March 30 2024 - Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. The design and performance of Enzo Ferrari’s cars have been a hallmark of Italian design since the first Ferrari was built in 1947. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s exhibit provides visitors with an up-close look at examples t...

The owners of Geraci’s have plans to open a full-service Italian restaurant in downtown Willoughby, another new investment in the city. The Spoth family hopes to have the restaurant open sometime this month in the former Dog’s on Erie location, 4127 Erie St. According to Economic Development Director Tom Thielman, the new location is a cozy, inviti...

Moving into a brand-new house, the start of a new job or yet your first newborn child brings so much joy and excitement into your life, making for truly a new beginning.  Here is the story of the inaugural start, a new beginning for a vibrant club of young adults of Italian descent. La Prossima, is a young adult group that represents the next gener...

A long-simmering project in Little Italy will soon take flight. Cent’ Anni (12401 Mayfield Rd.), a posh little cocktail bar that has been in the works for some time, is expected to open in late November. Located in the rear of the building immediately west of Valerio’s, the speakeasy-style lounge will be a celebration of all things Italian. “I live...

One thing's for sure – Razzo, which opened on Oct. 18, is a great-looking restaurant. Cherry wainscoting recalls classic Brooklyn red sauce joints. Framed Cinzano ads and Italian travel prints decorate the walls and, most strikingly, a sleek neon red sign announces the name of the restaurant (Razzo is the Italian word for rocket) above the bar. All...

In Cleveland, Ohio, prior to the formation of the city’s present day Little Italy, Italian immigrants settled in an area called Big Italy, located to the south and west of Public Square, in what was known as the Haymarket District. Prior to 1880, the neighborhood was primarily Jewish, but as the Jewish population moved on to better neighborhoods, t...