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By Sara Ventiera   Andrew LoPresto grew up in the restaurant industry; both his father and grandfather were bread bakers most of their lives. Following in their footsteps, LoPresto made a career out of cooking himself, working at respected eateries such as Le Madri, Ovest, and Blue Duck Tavern.   Later this month, LoPresto is finally...

Ted Bacino has had a long and diverse career. In October 1954, he served as editor to the Northern Star – the brand new student-produced paper at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1955.   He would later say of his experience as an editor: "It wasn't always good for grades, but it...

A $26.5 million expansion project recently began at the Barilla Group's manufacturing facility in Ames, Iowa. The company, which makes the world's top-selling brand of pasta, launched the project to install two new production lines dedicated to gluten-free pasta.   In addition, raw material storage and related packaging and palletizing equip...

by Sharon Dargay   Viviana Garabello quit her job, left her country and followed her passion for music last summer. Now the Livonia woman is hitting all the right notes both on and off the stage.    "I have been all my life in Italy. I was working there as a quality systems engineer," said Garabello, 34, a soprano who s...

by Phaedra Cook   As we covered at the end of Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Alberto Baffoni, after a highly successful run at his first Houston restaurant, Simposio, he sold his interest. Not every endeavor is a success story, though. His second place, Sapori, survived only about eight months.   Sometimes a failure means picking yourse...

  WTI Magazine #65    2015 July, 24Author : Umberto Mucci      Translation by:   Ciao from Rome! Welcome to the 65th issue of our online magazine. A few days ago I had the honor and pleasure of having an online video chat with my friend Edward Bevilacqua, publisher of Ciao Tutti. Ed is doing a fantastic job with Ciao Tutti and with the Italian A...

La parola borgo è un eufemismo, più appropriata la definizione di gioiello architettonico. Questo in due parole è Postignano. "Piazzato" nel cuore dell'Umbria in posizione strategica (29 km da Norcia, 34 da Cascia, 35 da Spoleto e 36 da Foligno) il centro sta vivendo una seconda vita (di lussso). Una vera e propria rinascita dopo l'abbandono. &nbs...

by Nancy Ngo   Italian fare is back in Calhoun Square, in the spot once occupied by the long-running Figlio, which had most recently been an American restaurant and bar.   Parella, with white walls, cozy booths and an open kitchen, offers a contemporary dining space. Michael Larson of Digby's in Roseville brought in Todd Macdonald of...

Vic DiBitetto, a Brooklyn-born, Italian-American force of nature, brings his frenetic standup comedy to The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, part of the "Mahaffey On the Move" series. Known for his 30-second viral video Bread and Milk, which is nearing 14 million views on YouTube, DiBitetto is currently on movi...

The House of Italy and The San Diego Italian Film Festival invite The Italian Cultural Center to a Party!!! Celebrating the House of Italy's Return Home to Balboa Park! Sunday, September 20, 2015 A buffet dinner will be served in the Casa Del Prado (across from MOPA) at 5 PM. The dress is casual.   After d...

by Tim Moran   Ballaro, a restaurant which will offer a contemporary take on Italian food and drink, will open in downtown Highwood in late October.   Developed by lifelong friends and area natives Josh Kaplan and Mark Newman, Ballaro - inspired by Palermo's Ballaro market - is at its heart a destination-worthy neighborhood restaurant...

by Rolando Vitale   Between 1900 and 1955, Italian Americans captured the greatest proportion of world boxing titles. Fifty-one champions and title claimants rose to the top of their respective weight classes, more than any other ethnic group.   Yet the outside world was oblivious to this remarkable success with his Italian identity u...