NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce inductees and honorees for the 41st Annual Induction & Awards Gala to take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 3rd, in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  The program will be emceed by 2016 Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and New York Mets Radio Announcer...

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and County Commissioner Peter Silvestri recently presented Edward Lezza, Jr. with a resolution honoring the 113-year history of Lezza Spumoni & Desserts. The resolution reads: Whereas, the origin of Lezza’s famous spumoni is in Naples, Italy; and the recipe came to Chicago’s West Side with Salvatore Lezz...

Gathering his family together for meals was important to Anthony Gattuso, so his family will bring coffee and the cream-filled Italian pastries known as pasticiotti to Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Father’s Day. They’ll meet at his mausoleum and talk about their patriarch, the star cook at the family restaurant, Paul’s Pizza & Hot Dogs in Westchester...

Dr. Rosella Spadoni ascended to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society on April 24 at RoccoVino’s in Elk Grove Village. Dr. Spadoni is a founding and principal doctor at South Barrington Dental. Joining her as Arcolian officers are President-Elect Dr. Katina Spadoni, Vice President Dr. Chuck DiFranco Jr., Secretary Dr. Paul E. DiFranco,...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will celebrate 125 unbroken years of devotion to the Blessed Mother from July 12 to 15. Festivities will culminate on July 15 with a 9 a.m. solemn Mass in the church celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich, a morning procession to a noon field Mass and a second procession following the Mass. A street festival will run...

A local restaurant company has opened a sports bar downtown. Uccello’s Hospitality Group said this week it opened Uccello’s Ristorante & Sports Bar at 122 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids. On April 9, Uccello’s announced it was closing its high-end Italian restaurant in the space, Mazzo Cucina D’Italia, and converting the location into a sports...

The Dean Martin Festival kicked off at the Spot Bar Thursday night with the annual singing contest, a highlight of the event each year. “Tonight is the most fun,” Terri Blackburn said. The contest was again hosted by actor Lou Martini Jr. The rules stated that contestants must sing a Martin classic in order to win, and people of all ages and from a...

The Calabresi in America Organization came up aces at last year’s inaugural Casino Royale, inspiring the group to wager on another strong turnout this year. Aimed at raising funds for its scholarship program, this year’s event will take place on June 23 under the Festival Center pavilion at Casa Italia. The evening will kick off with a buffet dinne...

Approximately 350 members, honorees and guests gathered on April 28 at Medinah Shriners in Addison for CIACO’s 2018 Honor and Hope Gala. This year’s gala honored Humanitarian of the Year Remo Turano. In addition, 21 scholarships were awarded to college-bound students who qualified based on financial need and academic achievement. The event also fea...

Piccolo Sogno …. in Italian, it means “little dream.” It was Tony Priolo’s big dream to open his own restaurant, serve rustic Italian food and see the dream become a success. His dream came true. Plenty of foodies head to Chicago’s West Loop to taste the cuisine and enjoy some of the huge wine collection. First time visitors are in awe of the resta...

June 16  History on TapWho says drinking can’t be educational? Sip your next vino at the Cleveland History Center’s June 16 installment of History on Tap: Uncorked, which explores the Italian tradition of winemaking in Cleveland. “Italian wine is so closely tied to Italian-American history,” says Pamela Dorazio-Dean, the History Center’s Italian-Am...

There’s no shortage of fairs and festivals throughout northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where you can spend your weekends at all summer. Through mid-September, something is on the schedule every week. Some are major draws, such as the Canfield Fair over Labor Day weekend, while others, such as Grove City Strawberry Days, find smaller audie...