ISDA, one of the country’s largest and most influential Italian American organizations, is holding its National Convention in Cleveland from Aug. 7-11 at the Downtown Hilton hotel. Hundreds of ISDA delegates from around the country are attending.  U.S. Congressman Tom Suozzi, of New York, will be the keynote speaker at the Convention’s opening lunc...

What are the Guardians of Traffic? The Guardians of Traffic are eight large figures sculpted on four Berea sandstone pylons on the Hope Memorial Bridge, formerly Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two sets of Guardians face the east and the other two sets face the west. The artistic style can be described as transitional, between a stylize...

Cafe Piccolo, a popular Italian restaurant in Avon, closed its doors after three years at the start of the pandemic. Another business, Flair 22, announced plans soon after to take the space over but never made it to opening day. In January, Heck’s owner Fadi Daoud signed the lease and spent the next six months updating the space in advance of openi...

The organizers of the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest believe in tradition. In a year when they had less time to plan than usual, that’s a good thing, according to chairman John Rossetti. “We didn’t get the OK until the beginning of June, but we started planning in March, April and May to get it done correctly. That’s where we’re at with it. Slowly...

People preserve their family history in scrapbooks or family trees. One family in Youngstown has preserved theirs in a podcast. The podcast is hosted by Marco Zaza, who grew up on Youngstown’s east side in the 50s, and his son David, a Boardman graduate. As it turns out, their stories are more than just their family. With Italian music in the backg...

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival will host its 15th year of programming from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9, with three unique film screenings at the Cedar Lee Theatre and Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. Sponsored by Italian Tours & Travel by Diana, the movie event is organized by director festival director Joyce Mariani. Mariani first kicked off the fest when she...

This is your invitation to join our 2021 biennial conventions, for both the Order and Fraternal Association, which will be held at the chic Hilton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio from Aug. 7th to Aug. 11th. See full schedule of events here. The Ohio District, under the leadership of ISDA Vice President Marie Frank, will host the conventions, and the commi...

Tami Cashioli’s Italian heritage has always been important to her. It was growing up in an Italian household in Lisbon where Sunday dinners were a tradition of ethnic food, family and fellowship. And it continues in her involvement in the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival in Wheeling as well as her commitment to the Steubenville-based Itali...

 Station Square Ristorante was recently named in Wine Spectator’s 40th annual Restaurant Awards. The local Italian eatery was the only Mahoning Valley restaurant recognized. Station Square, 4250 Belmont Ave., has been serving the Mahoning Valley since 1986. Owner Ottavio Musumenci took ownership of the restaurant in 2001 and showed an interest in d...

Get ready to feast on some Italian food, Cleveland. Little Italy’s popular Feast of the Assumption festival will return this August, according to a press statement from Mayor Frank Jackson. It follows the festival’s cancelation in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “For more than 120 years, Holy Rosary Parish’s Feast of the Assumption celebrati...