As a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor, Ron Centanni trained everyone from foot soldiers headed for Vietnam to astronauts headed for space. The oldest of two sons, Ron Centanni was born in Chicago to Paul and Ida (DeMuro). The family lived on the 3400 block of Flournoy Street in a two-flat owned by Centanni’s paternal grandparents...

A highly successful return to professional ice skating after a 16-year hiatus is not something Deanna Stellato ever envisioned. “It’s definitely not something I thought I would do,” says Stellato, 35, who with her skating partner Nathan Bartholomay earned a U.S. bronze medal last year. Stellato, a native of Illinois, competed as a junior until the...

With a candle in hand, a poor seamstress searching for a light enters the life of a poet in 19th century Paris. They fall in love, they spar, they reconcile, and finally they mourn a shared flame extinguished far too soon. It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s quintessential opera. Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which first premiered in 1896, in...

Be careful if you plan on cooking up a tasty pasta dish this week, because there’s an olive oil shortage halfway around the world. Quartino Restaurant cooks up close to 10,000 meals a week, but in his kitchen, Chef John Coletta is stocking up to avoid a shortage of the key ingredient. A severe winter in 2018 and a massive bacterial infestation are...

Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle received the endorsement of the Italian American Political Coalition (IAPC). IAPC is an advocacy group founded in 1994 that provides a political voice for the Italian-American community (estimated to be approximately 500,000 in the Chicago area) and supports political candidates who have the community’s bes...

Dr. Katina Spadoni will ascend to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society on April 23 at Gene & Georgetti’s in Chicago. Dr. Spadoni and her sister, Rosella, are founding dentists at South Barrington Dental. She received her bachelor’s of science in biology cum laude in 1984 from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her graduate stu...

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic, and Casa Italia, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Pompeii are playing their parts from Palm Sunday (April 14) to Easter Sunday (April 21). CASA ITALIA (Stone Park) will celebrate Mass at noon on Palm Sunday; Mass and the traditional washing of the feet at 7...

The morning after their family's South Chicago pizzeria burned down, Len and Lena Ciannamea went back to visit. As they surveyed the charred remains of Capri’s on Commercial, longtime customers slowed down in their cars and snapped pictures. Social media flooded with messages hailing the restaurant, first opened in 1955, as a staple of their lives....

Italian tenor Giovanni Coletta and local accordionist Linda Iovino will share the spotlight on April 11 at Pescatore Palace in Franklin Park during a fund-raiser for the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation. A native of Taranto, Italy, Coletta studied at the Teatro alla Scala Academy, won the Trotta Competition in Castelnuovo della Daunia in 2004...

When:Tuesday, April 16th 6:00pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave Suite 1450 - What: Presented on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Leonardo da Vinci, The fourth and final lecture of a series at the Italian Cultural Institute by Professor Giovanni Aloi (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Leo...