From June 3-5, the Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison Festa Italia will return to McKee Farms Park, located at 2930 Chapel Valley Road in Fitchburg. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Italian heritage festival will once again be jam packed with food, music and family fun. Festivities kick off with a welcome at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June...

After closing last summer, Scardina Specialties, the family-owned deli which has been serving up Italian staples like spiedini, meatball sandwiches and housemade sausages since 2012, will be reopening in a new location at 715 E. Locust St. In fact, if all goes well, the Italian deli could reopen for business as soon as mid-summer. And owner Damien...

Ciao from Rome! Dear friends, Spring has arrived, the sun is shining on Italy, hope is in our hearts, despite the fact that the pandemic is not over and the war in Ukraine is a cause of great pain and concern for all Italians. This moth we celebrate three round numbers regarding We the Italians. The first is about the magazine you are reading: this...

A new Italian restaurant has opened downtown. Chef Michael Feker, who also owns Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca in Wauwatosa and Zesti in Hartland, which opened in 2014, heard his Lake Country customers wanted Italian cooking closer to home. He answered with Il Mito Café, which opened April 7. “Everyone was telling me, ‘Chef, Il Mito (in Wauwatosa) is...

The organizers of Festa Italiana have called off the lakefront festival for the third straight year. In a statement Friday afternoon, Rose Anne Fritchie, president of the Italian Community Center and Festa director, cited the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on the financial health of the organization.  "We have always been pro...

Waukesha foodies may have spotted a new mobile food vendor in the city since Little Beefy started serving Italian beef sandwiches along Moreland Boulevard in mid-March. Operator Patrick Glynn is serving up hot beef sandwiches with a variety of topping options at 789 W. Moreland Blvd. in an empty parking lot across from Starbucks at 801 W. Moreland...

After being paused for two years due to Covid, the Italian Community Center's A Taste of Italy fundraiser returns for 2022. This longstanding tradition at the ICC, 631 E. Chicago Ave., takes place Sunday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A Taste of Italy is run entirely by ICC volunteers. As always there will be a 50/50 raffle and musical entert...

Centro Cafe is an Italian restaurant on Center Street that has been successful in the community for years, because of their delicious dishes. “We've been here for 12 years now in the heart of Riverwest," says general manger Chris Botts. "We started out small (with) only this downstairs area, but we’ve expanded through out the years to make this a c...

I’m proud to say that one of Ca’Lucchenzo’s owners recognized me and promptly made a joke about how I always sit in the same spot when I come for dinner. My life goal has always been to have a seat that’s always open for me at my favorite spot in town. Unfortunately for me, Ca’Lucchenzo is a very hot spot and reservations (on Tock) are usually need...

Both Balistreri’s, the Inn on Bluemound and the Ristorante in Wauwatosa, are known for their pizza, but the restaurant I visited on Bluemound is far more than a typical pizza joint. When you step inside and see the polished wooden railing, the elegant, curved bar that defines one of the dining rooms, the old-fashioned light fixtures, and tables set...