The Italian American Cultural Club held its April dinner meeting at the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo Junction, with the meal catered by Ohio Catering. The club is holding its monthly meeting at different venues as part of deciding on a permanent meeting place for the group. The May meeting will be held at Le Chateau Pier in Smit...

The Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA) is thrilled to launch CIAO! – a unique event creating an Italian experience – in Cleveland. CIAO! will be a day-long celebration of Italian culture; kicking-off Italian Heritage Month. Italian vendors featuring traditional dishes to nosh on, specialty drinks and unique goods and services will lin...

A Cleveland city councilman is leading the charge to see a change in the celebration of the holiday known as Columbus Day. Councilman Basheer Jones, and some of his colleagues and supporters rallied on the steps of Cleveland City hall Monday night. They called for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. The hope is to ho...

When you walk into an Italian restaurant, there's something very homey about seeing black and white family photos on the wall. And at Mama Catena's, family is important. It was family who endured through the aftermath of a fire that happened two years ago and shut down the restaurant for just shy of a year. It's family members like Frank Catena, wh...

Hungry? A new neighborhood traditional American spot has you covered. Called Bristol Republic, the fresh arrival is located at 1124 N. High St. in Italian Village. This new business provides a Nashville-inspired dinner, drinks and happy hour menu. On the menu, expect to see items like Texas-style spare rib platters, pulled pork sandwiches and mac a...

“A Bronx Tale” opens with a do wop group assembled under a street lamp on the corner of Belmont Ave., crooning an homage to the Italian-American enclave that is home to young Calogero (a squeezable, adorable Shane Pry). The 9-year-old loves the Yankees, Mickey Mantle and his, dad Lorenzo (Richard H. Blake, who originated the role on Broadway), a bi...

The Italian Trade Agency announces the launch of a series of educational courses for trade members. A world-class, intensive, immersion three-day course will be offered to professionals already in the industry (sommeliers, wine retailers, brand managers, and more) and will take place across the country in 10 major cities. The dates are as follows:...

John Bosa, still imposing at 6' 4" and 230 pounds, is squeezed on a leather couch in a quiet corner of a Columbus, Ohio, Italian spot, next to his son Nick, now some 40 pounds heavier than his dad. John is nursing a Dewar’s on the rocks. After talking for an hour about the future first-round pick by his side, the first-round pick of 32 years ago br...

The Salem Italian American Educational Fund and the Salem Italian Club recently co-sponsored “Nite at the Races.” The event was a huge success. We would like to thank all who attended, participated, volunteered, contributed and/or donated. We thank you for your generosity and willingness to invest in the education of future scholarship recipients....

A few years after Charles Penzone launched his first hair salon, his attorney took him aside for a serious talk. "My attorney, who is still my attorney, he would talk about long-term planning," Penzone said recently. "And I said, 'In my industry, you're only hot for three years. Let's not plan that far ahead.'" Penzone chuckled. "Well, here we are....