NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

On the heels of another disappointing season, Mark Dantonio seems to be on shaky ground at Michigan State. Not in the eyes of Tom Izzo, who made a passionate defense for Dantonio during an interview Tuesday with the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.  "The haters are gonna hate, that’s about as normal as you can get. If you look at his recor...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations brought its message of unity to Chicago recently. Conference Chair Dr. Aileen Sirey, and Vice Chair Basil Russo met with representatives of 20 member organizations of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. The meeting was hosted by JCCIA President Sergio Giangrande. The m...

The Italian Renaissance came to Terre Haute late in the nineteenth century in the form a statue of Mercury mounted on top of the McKeen Bank building at the corner of Sixth and Wabash. After sitting on the bank for more than eighty years, Mercury was moved to the Vigo County Historical Society Museum in the late 1950s. Today it graces the third flo...

When Il Mito first opened on North Avenue in Wauwatosa some 13 years ago, it was the trendiest spot on the block. However, during these intervening years, it’s become something better—a tried and true local favorite for delicious Italian food. The man behind the successful eatery, Chef Michael Feker, has opened other restaurants as well, but Il Mit...

Funded by fourth-generation Italian cheese makers, a dairy has been constructed near Warren, Indiana. Opened on Aug. 24, and in partnership with local organic farmers, the Golfo di Napoli (translates to “Gulf of Naples”) Dairy produces classic Italian cheeses, including mozzarella, ricotta, provolone and burrata. The pasta filata (translates to “sp...

An Old Town institution, Dinotto, closed Thanksgiving Day weekend after 30 years in three neighborhood locations. Though it’s been only a few days since Dinotto’s closure, there’s excitement already building in the space. Gallucci, with pies from a champion member of the U.S. Pizza Team is prepping to bring traditional Neapolitan pies to Old Town....

Crown Point’s Erma Mucci, who first registered to vote 82 years ago and voted in every election since, died on Thanksgiving. She was 105. “That was always instilled in us, that our voice counted and our voice mattered,” said Mucci’s daughter, Susan Garretson. “My mother was a modern woman before women were modern.” Mucci was recognized by the...

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn is a welcoming spot that's worth a stop any time of year, but it's particularly wonderful during the month of December. The Italian-American bar and restaurant is festooned with Christmas lights and decorations, including full-sized trees, garland, ornaments, nutcrackers, angels, stars, candy canes and kid-sized Santas. T...

After months and years of planning, construction, and lots of anticipation, Portillo’s has opened its new Fort Wayne location to the public. The fast-casual restaurant brand known for its Chicago-style menu celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. Mayor Tom Henry made an appearance and spoke about the addition o...

Bar Verona, an intimate Italian restaurant/bar from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, Saturday is scheduled to open the doors to its new northern Macomb County on Saturday. The 4,000-square-foot, 84-seat eatery is located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 27 Mile Road in Washington Township. An outdoor patio will open in the spring. It's the latest restaura...

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. In Verona, that might just be Avanti’s Italian Restaurant, which is as much a neighborhood bar as a restaurant. Avanti’s turned 20 this year, and every night familiar faces stop in for a beer at the bar alongside families out for a meal. “I’d say it’s over 70% (regulars),” said bar manager S...

Back in the 1930s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy was the place to get dressed up and go out to eat in downtown Indianapolis. Originally located at 323436 S. Illinois Street (where the Hyatt hotel currently sits), Iozzo’s was the largest restaurant in the Midwest—with a dining room that sat 500 people and a banquet room that could seat 350 more. There wer...