Paul Loparco has been elected president of the Illinois-Wisconsin Grand Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. A member of OSDIA since 1999, Loparco served as trustee, vice president and president of Leone D’Oro Lodge #2700 before ascending to the state presidency. “It’s a big step for me and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m certa...

BB’s On North, a new pizza restaurant in the old Irie Zulu building at 7237 W. North Ave., is set to open this month.  The restaurant, which was originally to be called Cello's Pizza, will provide dine-in, take-out and delivery pizza and pasta along with a selection of wines.  Brothers Pietro and Mario Balistreri, who are both second-generation piz...

If you're worried about the delicious Palermo Villa pizza disappearing when Divino Wine and Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., closes on Jan. 31, you can rest easy, say new owners Peter Dietrich and Derek Nackers. "One of the conditions that we put into our agreement is that we were going to get the Palermo Villa recipe for the pizza," says Dietrich, "the...

Felice Glorioso has worked his entire life at the family business, Glorioso’s Italian Market, 1011 E. Brady St., and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He learned meat cutting from his mother, Mary, and the produce and Italian food business from his dad, Joe, and his brothers, Ted and Eddie. There were tiny detours along the way — a brief time auto...

The Illinois/Wisconsin Grand Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America welcomed a new lodge to the family. Lodge Amicizia #2999 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was chartered on Nov. 2 at Casa Capri in Kenosha. On hand for the ceremony were Lodge President Joseph Cardinali, National 4th Vice President Richard R. Della Croce, Grand Lodge Presi...

When Il Mito first opened on North Avenue in Wauwatosa some 13 years ago, it was the trendiest spot on the block. However, during these intervening years, it’s become something better—a tried and true local favorite for delicious Italian food. The man behind the successful eatery, Chef Michael Feker, has opened other restaurants as well, but Il Mit...

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn is a welcoming spot that's worth a stop any time of year, but it's particularly wonderful during the month of December. The Italian-American bar and restaurant is festooned with Christmas lights and decorations, including full-sized trees, garland, ornaments, nutcrackers, angels, stars, candy canes and kid-sized Santas. T...

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. In Verona, that might just be Avanti’s Italian Restaurant, which is as much a neighborhood bar as a restaurant. Avanti’s turned 20 this year, and every night familiar faces stop in for a beer at the bar alongside families out for a meal. “I’d say it’s over 70% (regulars),” said bar manager S...

Now open on University Avenue, the second iteration of Novanta has more than twice the pizza-making capabilities than the pizzeria’s original space on Old Sauk Road. A second Italian-made Marra Forni oven and a much larger prep station are the primary differences between this new location and the already popular original.   The restaurant offers...

If you’re familiar with the dining scene in Sturgeon Bay, chances are you’re familiar with Scaturo’s.  Robert and JoAnne Scaturo’s family-owned restaurant does it all: breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery, catering, fresh take-home food, a traditional fish boil and even a seasonal food truck called Scat’s Got Your Tongue. This spring marked the start o...