NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is making the most of his time at home, along with a mouth-watering homemade Italian meal. The Broncos' Twitter account shared a video of the current Denver Broncos head coach making homemade meatballs and red sauce, backed by soothing Italian music. While he’s currently relieved of coaching dut...

A native of Toronto, Joseph Yanuziello is the master craftsman behind some of the world’s most sought-after guitars. In the boutique guitar marketplace, where instruments routinely command $5,000 or more, Joseph Yanuziello’s instruments have become so popular you might think his company’s motto is “sold out.” As fast as he can build his stunning in...

Born in Italy and trained by the Army as a cameraman, Gino Bartucci toured the country photographing atomic bombs, filming bombers flying overhead and helping create documentaries. Gino Bartucci was born in Malvitani di Rende, a small village in Calabria. Of the nine children born to Vincenzo and Maria Carmella (Pisello) Bartucci, six survived infa...

People who are sheltering at home or looking for help in the kitchen now that Ohio restaurants are closed don’t need to panic when faced with the prospect of suddenly cooking every meal for your family every day. Executive chef Ryan at M Italian restaurant in Chagrin Falls says even restaurant-quality dishes are easy enough for anyone to make. To p...

This school year’s calendar is in flux, but Homewood District 153 board members adopted the 2020-21 school calendar and designated Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than the traditional Columbus Day. Columbus Day was declared a national holiday in 1934 in recognition of Christopher Columbus' exploration of a new world. And, it became a spe...

An American entrepreneur with deep Italian roots, Joe Mansueto is bringing the indomitable spirit of his ancestors to bear on his latest challenge: the transformation of Chicago’s Major League Soccer team. Local billionaire Joe Mansueto made headlines last September when he bought the Chicago Fire, and the dramatic changes he has made to the city’s...

Mark your calendars now: The popular free concert “Opera in the Italian Garden” will be presented on the lawn of the Renaissance Italian Cultural Garden from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26. This family-friendly concert includes famous music from well-known operas and Broadway musicals, and features The Cleveland Opera and Cleveland Ballet. The even...

The bi-annual World Championship Cheese Contest Judging took place at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI last week, and seven BelGioioso Cheeses were awarded prestigious honors during the three-day judging event.  With a total of 3,667 entries from 26 nations, the competition was highly competitive, and BelGioioso Cheesemakers succeeded in six different...

Downtown Mason is growing, welcoming a new coffee shop to its line-up of locally owned restaurants and drinking destinations along Main Street.  Adesso Coffee opened its doors on March 8, offering traditional Italian espresso beverages as well as a menu focused on seasonal bites that represent the flavors of the Ohio Valley.  Shop owner and founder...

One of the owners of Italian restaurant Osteria Langhe appears to be opening a restaurant in Quiote’s old spot on California Avenue. A city permit for an incidental liquor license and outdoor patio was issued Feb. 13 for a new establishment at 2456 N. California Ave. Aldo Zaninotto, co-owner and partner at cozy Italian restaurant Osteria Langhe at...

Tiny Warren, Indiana, population around 1,250, is the home of Golfo di Napoli Dairy, an Italian cheese-making plant with an attached cafe. The plant and cafe are actually outside Warren, and easily accessible from Interstate 69. Just take the Warren exit, 278, go east about a mile and you’re there. But you may think you’ve been transported to the...

Husband and wife Marc and Mary Ann Bellazzini are vegetable farmers, sheep raisers, wine and vinegar makers, cooks, restaurant owners, farm stay hosts and parents to two boys. They do a little bit of everything. “And a whole lot of nothing,” Mary Ann Bellazzini says. What she means is that she and Marc Bellazzini first took the leap into second car...