NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

While the pandemic has found some businesses embracing the pop-up, for Pelino’s Pasta it has meant making things permanent. Husband and wife team Vinny and Christina Pelino will take their traveling, pop-up concept Pelino’s Pasta and make things stationary with their first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 245 King Ave. It will occupy the former home...

From their first appearance in 1839, photographic images have radically changed the way we live and think. Though it did not appear clear from the very beginning, photography is more than a tool for capturing the world in painstaking detail. Through photographs, we simultaneously construct who we are and understand where we have been. As such, much...

Pasquale’s Pizza & Pasta House began serving customers in Westerville back in the 1980s. The fact that Pasquale’s is still serving today says a lot about the operation. I’m going to say more: If you like crispy thin-crust pizzas enriched with generous amounts of good cheese and toppings, as well as old-school Italian-American food, you’ll like Pasq...

When 10-year-old Larry Panozzo started helping out at his family’s funeral business, he’d cart portable kneelers and chairs into customers’ homes because that’s where wakes often were held. He went on to be one of the longest-serving funeral directors in Illinois. Mr. Panozzo, a member of the second generation to operate 95-year-old Panozzo Brother...

A new rooftop bar and restaurant located in downtown Flint has an incentive for its current employees and new workers.The hospitality industry has been hit hard with challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major issues that resonates with restaurants across the country is retaining employees and attracting new talent. Restaurant manage...

Where’s the beef? It’s not in the latest sandwich offering from Buona. The iconic Chicago purveyor of beef sandwiches is adding a plant-based Italian beefless sandwich to its restaurant menu starting Monday. The vegetarian- and vegan-friendly seitan meat sandwich mimics its classic Original Buona Beef counterpart, except for the main ingredient. Ev...

Portillo’s is hoping to open its second Madison location sometime later this year. We first reported the new location, which will be near West Towne Mall, in December 2020 after Portillo’s executives filed paperwork with the city of Madison. On Thursday, the company sent a news release about the West Towne location indicating it would open sometime...

A family of restaurateurs is bringing a slice of Italian life to downtown Howell with a new pizzeria, restaurant and bar, which will feature two courts for bocce ball, an Italian pastime.  Coratti's Pizzeria Bar and Bocce will open for lunch and dinner May 3 at 316 E. Grand River Ave., co-owner Peter Coratti said.  The Corattis have completed an ex...

A new upscale Italian restaurant from a group of local industry veterans is coming soon to the ground-floor space in No. 9 Walton, a ritzy Gold Coast condo building at 912 N. State Street. Adalina is slated to open this summer with a menu that draws on both Northern and Southern Italian cuisines, in the two-story space that previously housed Walton...

The coronavirus pandemic upended America’s school systems over the past 13 months as most schools in the nation closed their doors for an extended period to combat the spread of the virus. “Virtual learning” became an everyday term in our households, sports and extracurricular activities were cancelled, major fundraisers were delayed, and school bo...

Some might argue that being single may not make me the best person to advocate for the perfect date-night spot. Few, though, would disagree with me when I say that Ann Arbor’s Mani Osteria and Bar is the best place for that date night. With its dim yet warm lighting and comforting Italian food, Mani is just the right restaurant for your romantic ev...

People living in St. Charles regard the Fox River as an important resource, something the owner of Salerno’s on the Fox on the bank of the river understood immediately. Oak Brook resident Adam Salerno, 73, has run the iconic restaurant at 320 N. Second St. in St. Charles since 1975. “There was a real estate agent in St. Charles – she was a friend o...