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With state restrictions finally lifted, Casa Italia is back in full swing. The Casa got the ball rolling in June with the revival of its bocce league. The 10-week tourney pits 16 teams of four against each other in a pitched battle for coveted trophies plus bragging rights until next year’s competition. Having gathered via Zoom last year, I-A Liter...

With a notable diplomatic pedigree and multinational roots, Thomas Botzios brings a global perspective to his role as the Midwest’s new Italian consul general. If anyone was born to be a diplomat, it’s Thomas Botzios. The Midwest’s new Italian consul general pursued the same career path as his father and uncle, Elias and Christos Botzios, both of w...

In June 2020, as attacks on Columbus statues across the country heated up, a group of Italian Americans led by Carlo Vaniglia started meeting at Arrigo Park in Little Italy every Sunday morning. Originally dubbed “Coffee with Columbus,” the gatherings were meant as a peaceful show of support for their heritage. When the city of Chicago decided to r...

The long-awaited return of the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage festival is less than two weeks away. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the iconic event last summer. This will be the 38th year for the festival, but there will be some changes this time around. New for this year is the Italian Village, which will be in the 12th street area and...

My journey started in the Fall of 2002 when my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, brought home a new history project from school.  The assignment: “Find out which ancestors came to America and Why.” I knew a little bit about my father’s paternal side, but not much.  By the time I was born, our family was 100% Americanized, though both of my parents were 1...

Fans of former Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito, who was a fan favorite right fielder and once led the league in home runs, are invited to a Tribute to Rocky Colavito at 7 p.m. July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, in the Porter Meeting Room. Ground was broken June 1 in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighbo...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan is proud to announce that Festa Italiana is back bigger and better than ever. The event will take place on July 16, 17, and 18, 2021 at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. There will be plenty of great food, drinks and continuous live entertainment on the Lucido Family Stage, in additio...

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will debut “Youngstalia: Italian Foodways in the Mahoning Valley” in its monthly Bites and Bits of History online video presentation at noon on July 15. The program will explore the history of local Italian food, culture and traditions. The main presenter, Anthony Dion Mitzel, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of...

Joseph Carabelli was a self-made man, an Italian immigrant who built a successful business in Cleveland that contributed to the local arts scene in ways that are still evident today. Born in 1850 in Porto Ceresio, Italy, Carabelli was apprenticed to a stone cutter while a young man. In 1870 he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York Ci...

As soon as the July Fourth Weekend passes, church festival starts up. That’s how it worked in Kenosha, year after year — and spaghetti dinner after spaghetti dinner. Then 2020 happened, and COVID-19 restrictions shut down church festival season. This summer, a few parishes will again be hosting festivals, but up first this weekend is a festival rep...

Hey mambo! Festa Italiana is set to make its return to Mokena July 18 in the Metra lot on Front Street. And after a year away because of the pandemic, one can bet the party will be a memorable one this year. The day is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Mokena Intermediate School, 11331 195th St.,with a procession marking the Feast of Our Lady of Mou...

The St. Joseph Festival will bring great food and live music to Dover during the weekend of July 16 and 17. The annual event, which supports the ministries of St. Joseph Catholic Church on N. Tuscarawas Avenue, was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixth Street, next to the church, will be closed during the festival.  Sarah Sciarre...