NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

In theory, at least, Primavista always sounded right up my alley. An iconic Italian restaurant – a little dated, but still beloved – with a menu that read like a greatest hits collection of some of my favorite classic Italian dishes.  And while I've been meaning to pay a visit ever since I moved back to Cincinnati three years ago, it was only last...

If you’re a cheese lover, we’ve got great news for you! A restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois serves a famous cheese wheel pasta. It’s truly better than words can describe! One of the most unique restaurants in Illinois is Carlucci's Rosemont, a Chicago-area Italian spot that serves up homestyle, homemade dishes in a beautiful location. Every dish ser...

Tecnoform, an Italian company that manufactures upscale furnishings for recreational vehicles and boats, is opening a North American headquarters and manufacturing facility on 36th Street SW in Cascade Township. The company is opening at 4999 36th St. SE in Cascade Township, and plans to add up to 130 jobs and invest $7.3 million in its new office...

Against all odds, Milwaukee's Festa Italiana is returning in 2022, though not at the usual time and place. Organizers have come a long way to get to this point. They first canceled the Italian-themed festival originally scheduled for April of 2022. But in a surprise announcement, organizers revealed the festival would indeed be held - this time at...

Last night was the 9th (of the twelve) in person event being held in the month of September at 1001 Woodward Ave for the "LoveITDetroit" initiative. The LoveITDetroit initiative consists in a series of promotional activities to be structured in the form of a "Festival dedicated to Italian creativity" lasting one month, with a permanent installation...

A longtime Sicilian bakery has opened another outpost — 5,000 miles away, on the Far Northwest Side. New Paradise Bakery, 5742 N. Milwaukee Ave., is a gelateria, bakery and deli led by owner and chef Vito Rubino, whose parents are from Palermo, Italy. After running a pizzeria in Logan Square, he formed a partnership with the New Paradise Bakery own...

Crown Restaurant Group (Crown Republic Gastropub, Losanti, La Cantina) has refreshed and reopened one of its downtown eateries. The former Rosie's Pies & Pints — which temporarily closed in August — has been transformed into Rosie's Italian.Helmed by chef and owner Anthony Sitek, the menu focuses on family recipes and traditions. Diners can expect...

Via Sofia's Italian Kitchen, an established chain restaurant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, expanded and opened its first eatery in Rockford. Franchisee Leslie Reinbach opened the pickup- and carryout-only restaurant in August at 109 N. Show Place Drive, across from ShowPlace 16. Reinbach said she likes the far East State Street location because of the hig...

The Italian American Veterans Post No. 1 will have its annual Festa Italiana from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 17, at its headquarters located 4567 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain. The honorees this year are Lorain accounting firm Campana Campana & Company Inc. as Italian Business of the Year, and Darlene Bruno of Lorain will be recognized as the Auxiliary Member...

Anyone immersed in Wisconsin food culture knows what makes up a great supper club—a relish tray, quality food, and excellent service. West Allis is home to what I would like to call an Italian supper club, Caterina’s Ristorante at 9104 W. Oaklahoma Ave. Rolling up, the building gives off longevity and authenticity, which is exacerbated by the insid...

Off the main drag and down a quiet Bay View side street lays a hidden gem of the Milwaukee dining scene. You will be charmed by the ambiance the moment you enter Santino’s Little Italy. From the welcoming hosts at the door, the simple elegance of the decor, the fantastic food, and the delightful Sofia Loren films playing, silently, on screens throu...

A GVSU graduate from Europe is working to expand his bread-based business and spread some of his Italian culture to West Michigan along the way. Michele Minghetti, 25, co-founded Dante's Bakery with his brother Raffaele after graduating with a master's degree in business and administration in 2022. During his time at Grand Valley State, Michele...