One of Columbus’ newest food trucks, Por’Ketta, is getting ready to launch this weekend. The kickoff event is taking place on Saturday, March 14 at The Ohio Taproom from 11 a.m. to about 9 p.m.   Owner Tony Layne is launching Por’Ketta after years of observing food trucks at spots like Dinin’ Hall. With the youngest of his kids heading to co...

by Joyce Mariani   Like a giant that awakens from a deep slumber, Cleveland's Italian community is in the midst of a vibrant cultural rebirth, a "risorgimento culturale," born from a desire to fully embrace the great mosaic of Italy's rich cultural heritage. Ohio has one of the largest populations of Italian Americans, numbering approximate...

By Matthew Rigali Paesano's Pasta House owner Mike Patterson said the restaurant business has been in his blood since age 14. But it wasn't always his life's work. "I did a lot of radio," Patterson said. "I was in radio for 12 years."   A job opportunity with a large communications company brought Patterson from New Jersey to Oxford. B...

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014, 5:30 P.M.Cleveland Institute of Art, Russell B. Aitken Auditorium "The Art of Designing Everything: The Life and Work of Massimo Vignelli"   A lecture on the work of iconic graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. Special guest speakers Professor R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at the Rochester...

Mid-Ohio Opera will perform the Italian romantic comedy opera "L'elisr d'amore" (The Elixir of Love) by Donizetti, in full production, at Mansfield Senior High auditorium at 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 3 p.m. July 26.   The story is of a shy country boy who falls in love, but feels he needs a boost from a quack doctor's magical elixir to speak his...

By Marc Bona   Being 100 percent Italian, I was raised on traditional dishes. I took in the rich aromas of garlic and cheeses that wafted throughout the house, tore off bits of fresh Italian bread as I stole through the kitchen, and appreciated sauces that took all day to simmer.   With it came occasional cooking lessons. A little sal...

by Joel M Beall   Frequent visitors of Eden Park have undoubtedly come across the statue of a she-wolf feeding twin infants. Some might be privy to the fact that it's a replica of the famous Capitoline Wolf located in Rome, and was bestowed to Cincinnati as a gift. What might be foreign, and somewhat of a head-scratcher to observers, is...

Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco's Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Mag...

It's about a month until the 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival gets underway, with this year's event set for July 24-26 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.   The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival began in 1983 as the brain child of Anthony Zambito, Vincent Colaianni, Anthony Iannarelli and Benny Battistelli who visited the Cl...

by Mitch Stacy   The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-old-old daughter who's slowly going blind started by showing her wondrous sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers and her family will travel to Italy sometime next spring thanks to Turkish Airlin...