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Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani's new Downers Grove restaurant offers the kind of quiet atmosphere that encourages conversation. And that's good news because you will want to talk about the food at Osteria By Fabio Viviani. Viviani might be best known for his television appearance on Bravo's hit series "Top Chef" -- where he earned the Fan Favorite ti...

Ten local contestants will put their culinary skills to the test in the Columbus Pesto Championship at Columbus State Community College. The 2020 Columbus Pesto Championship will be held on January 26 at Columbus State's Mitchell Hall. The ten contestants are David Applegett, Carmine Catullo, Reese Flowers, Charlotte Hickcox, Tyler Kendall, Liz Mar...

The Chicago Catholic has been reporting a lot lately that the Chicago Archdiocese is going through many changes, and we know that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future due to the ever-changing demographics of Chicago and its suburbs. Parishes are being closed or consolidated a couple of times a year, sparking valiant rescue efforts b...

Broadway’s new hit musical “A Bronx Tale” hit the Fisher Theater in Detroit.  It will play from January 21 through February 2, 2020. This one-man show tells the story of a young Cologero (Trey Murphy) growing up as a teenager on the streets of the Bronx in the 1960’s.  The musical begins on the corner of 187th Street and Belmont Avenue where the do...

Stan Kuczynski has been elected president of the Chicago West Suburban Chapter of UNICO National. Kuczynski was inducted into the organization in 2014, and served as recording secretary and chairman of the Scholarship, Fundraising and Bylaws committees before ascending to the presidency. “To be president of this 61-year-old organization comes with...

Mario Salerno has been elected president of the Calabresi in America Organization. A member for eight years, Salerno served as an advisor for two years and worked his way up through the vice presidential ranks before being elected president. “Being involved has given me the opportunity to share my Calabrese background with others and celebrate it a...

A venerated Detroit institution is handing its musical reins to a rising star. In a bold, forward-looking move, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has hired charismatic young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its music director — the 43-year-old's first time in that role anywhere. Bignamini’s six-year contract will begin with the 2020-2021 DSO seaso...

Paul Loparco has been elected president of the Illinois-Wisconsin Grand Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. A member of OSDIA since 1999, Loparco served as trustee, vice president and president of Leone D’Oro Lodge #2700 before ascending to the state presidency. “It’s a big step for me and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m certa...

Colonel Renato Bacci, U.S. Army (Retired), was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in a ceremony at the Pentagon Office Complex in Washington D.C. on Nov. 15. He was recognized for his service as state chair of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from October 2013 to S...

It was all hands on deck when board member Joe Troiani presented an acclaimed PBS documentary at the museum on Dec. 7. “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the untold tale of a program that trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots off the shores of the Windy City during World War II. The training took place on a pair of coal-fired,...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Oak Park Public Library, Veterans’ Room, 834 Lake St., 60301 Tickets/Admission: Free (RSVP to info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com is appreciated.) Join us for the dramatic reading of PASSAGGIO OSCURO (Dark Passage), by Rosemary FrisinoToohey, when the Italian American Theatre of Chicago kicks off its 2020 se...

Museum President Paul Basile couldn’t believe his ears. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board Member and Legal Counsel Enrico Mirabelli was calling to inform him that the sports hall would be donating $5,000 to the museum! The remarkably generous bequest was given in memory of founder George Randazzo’s military service. Paul...