Simone Lucarini treasures many a memory from his childhood cooking with his family in his Tuscan hometown of Cortona. He remembers joking and playing with his mother, making a mess of ingredients as they prepared dinner in a bona fide Italian kitchen. It’s those flavors of authenticity that Simone said he and his wife, Elizabeth, intend to bring to...

Fifteen years after hosting its final congregational mass, the century-old St. Andrew Catholic Church is slated for demolition. “It’s in need of repair, the bricks and steeples, and there are safety concerns. Repairs would cost about $2.1 million, and with no parish there, obviously, it makes no sense,” said the Rev. Mark Gurtner, vicar general for...

As part of an economic development mission to Italy, Indiana has opened a business development office in Milan. During the three-day trip, members of the delegation also met with businesses in Italy's "Motor Valley" to promote collaboration with the state's automotive manufacturing and motorsports industries.During the trip, delegation members join...

An Italy-based maker of filters for agriculture, heavy machinery, forestry and industrial businesses plans to open a facility in central Indiana that will serve as its North American headquarters. Filtrec plans to spend $1.3 million to establish the facility in Daleville in Delaware County, creating 25 high-wage jobs by the end of 2022. The office...

Villa Cesare in Schererville will host an indoor bocce league starting Oct. 4. Open to all levels of skill and experience, the league will convene at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday for seven weeks. Two games will be played each night, with a single elimination playoff in Week 7. Teams of four play each game, but more than four members are allowed on the r...

Only a sidewalk sign on Kirkwood Avenue points to the alley where Osteria Rago is located. One of Bloomington’s newest Italian restaurants, which is owned by the same people who own Nick’s English Hut, has been open since Jan. 17. But its inconspicuous location can make it difficult to find. “We haven’t done a lot of advertising to get the masses i...

Fortville is one of Midwest’s many tiny Main Street towns. Three square miles. Population 4,000. Famous for a giant statue of a pink elephant wearing horn-rimmed glasses and drinking a martini outside a liquor store. Not exactly the place you expect to go restaurant hopping. Simone and Elizabeth Lucarini see Fortville another way: a budding, easy-l...

Huntingburg is a cute little town about an hour to our northeast, where shoppers browse for antiques and gifts on historic Fourth Street. Also on Fourth Street, locals and visitors alike flock to Mama T’s Italian Steakhouse for a dinner of pasta, lasagna, meat and seafood specials from the grill, homemade desserts and more. Chef and owner Brandon A...

Day two of the Little Italy Festival has wrapped up for the night. The fun picks back up on Sunday. On Saturday, activities started bright and early with the Little Italy 5k. The South Vermillion Middle School Dance Team and the Clinton Breakfast Optimist Club hosted the event. The one mile and 5k was open to all runners of all ages. For many, the...

For more than 50 years, Labor Day Weekend has been Clinton, Indiana’s "time to shine." That's with the Little Italy Festival. The festival celebrates the Italian immigrants who founded the community. Of course, the amusement rides are a huge draw to the festival for kids and adults alike. But this year, there was a bit of a hiccup in the set-up.  N...