Strega, a new maker of fresh pastas, snacks and desserts, will join the food vendors at 3rd Street Market Hall downtown, which has set an opening date of Oct. 18. Although Strega is new, a couple of restaurant-industry veterans with wide experience will operate it: Katie Gabert, who at one time was Goodkind chef de cuisine, and Samantha Sandrin, wh...

On the corner of Third and McClellan streets in downtown Wausau, behind a red telephone booth like the ones found in a British film, lies La Prima Deli. With its signature blood orange brick walls and basil green awnings, the River District-based restaurant has been a local mainstay since its inception in September 2000. The deli, which first opene...

This week I went to Santino’s Little Italy, 352 E. Stewart St. The restaurant opened in January of 2017. While I was there, I got the chance to sit down and talk to the owners, Santo Galati and Greg Huber. Santo told me that his parents came to Milwaukee from Italy in the 1950s. Inspired by his travels throughout Italy and the food that he grew up...

Rosati’s Pizza’s route to Sun Prairie started in Italy, made a home in Chicago, and then took a right turn to Wisconsin. The husband and wife team of Jim and Brandy Davis will open the Sun Prairie Rosati’s Pizza franchise this month. Customers will soon get a peek into the Italian roots of the modern restaurant with photo murals of the Rosati famil...

The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Festival Italiano event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This year’s celebration of Italian heritage will include a craft show, games for kids and live music. The festival is returning after it was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber of Commerce Director Rita Franzoi s...

Busiati. Spizzulus. Corzetti. Those are just some of the handmade Italian pastas that Petra Orlowski will sell at Semolina, a new shop slated to open soon at 2474 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. But that’s not all. Customers can expect pasta classes, weekly pasta specials and a curated selection of specialty food items to purchase and prepare at home. The sho...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

The Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders have been a force for fans of Italian motorcycles since the group’s formation in 1982. Though the focus is on Moto Guzzi, Ducati is also a favored brand and on the occasion of the club’s annual Rally and Ride, any brand is welcome. For that matter, you can be a member of the group no matter what brand(s) of bike you...

When Garibaldi Society member Paul Troglia went into the basement office of Club Garibaldi to look at a malfunctioning dehumidifier, he found a poster rolled up on the floor. Upon unrolling the crackled, damp, musty document, he discovered an honor roll of Bay View’s Italian Americans who joined the armed forces at the dawn of World War II. Many of...

Vino con Volo Bar and Italian Kitchen is now open for business in downtown West Bend and welcomes those with a hearty appetite. June 21 was the restaurant’s grand opening, and since then, business has been booming for Co-Owners Jeremy Hahn and Gary Bacon. They said there was a high demand for local Italian food because the only other Italian choice...