NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

BRAVO! Italian Kitchen , the beloved restaurant located in Bethel, Ohio has officially reopened its doors, with a fresh new look. The restaurant, which will be celebrating its 30th year in the community next month, closed in April following significant damage from a fire. The Bethel BRAVO! has been remolded with updated interiors and the capacity t...

The Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana will celebrate 122 years of continuous devotion to the Blessed Mother over the Labor Day weekend. The feast will once again be celebrated on Church Street between Greenwood and Cumberland in Niles, on the south side of the Golf Mill Shopping Center. Festivities culminate on Sept. 4 with a procession at 9 a.m. and Ma...

Film director Joe Russo is returning home this weekend to pour drinks during the Feast of the Assumption celebration in Cleveland’s Litty Italy. Russo, who along with his brother Anthony, is one half of the most commercially successful directing duo in movie history, will serve as a guest celebrity bartender at TOLI on Saturday. You can find him on...

The Cirinos — descendants of the DeMarco family — meet at Presti’s Bakery on Mayfield Road in Cleveland’s Little Italy, just beside the stoic Holy Rosary Church. Like a scene from Cheaper by the Dozen, a small army of children run between and around my feet. The adults of the family speak to me all at once, interjecting with each other, cracking jo...

Janice Bluestein Longone, who is credited with collecting thousands of items chronicling the culinary history of the United States, including cookbooks, menus, advertisements and diaries, has died at age 89. Longone died Wednesday, according to Nie Family Funeral Home in Ann Arbor. The cause and location of death weren’t announced. Longone’s collec...

The 38th Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce, sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet, will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club, 29717 Euclid Avenue. The event will host more than 100 teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, California and Canada,...

Thu, Aug 25, 2022, 7:30 PM – Thu, Sep 8, 2022, 9:00 PM EDT. CLEVELAND ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2022. All films are on THURSDAYS at 7:30 pm - Tickets $12. For further questions please call: 216. 456. 8117 AUG. 25 - "IL MOSTRO" - Cedar Lee Theater - 2163 Lee Rd. Cleveland Hts. OH 44118. SEPT. 1 - "BENEDETTA FOLLIA" - Atlas Cinemas Eastgate 10 - Eastgate...

In the bright-blue Mediterranean Sea, sitting just west of the better part of Italy is an island on which falls golden-yellow rays of luminous sunshine.  A young man is not paying the sun much mind, however. He digs. Sweat soaks his hair, sticking it to his body. His shoulders ache and he continues to dig, looking up only when Steven Ellis, the cur...

A 1985 newspaper article about Shirley Fedeli's quest for dancers for her fledging dance troupe is the origin of Bea Ricotta's love for Amici Italiani. "My mom saw it and said, 'You like to dance. Why don't you do this?'" Ricotta found the dancing and the camaraderie to be so much fun that the dancers donned their costumes and danced the following...

Six enormous, stunning tapestries designed by the Italian Renaissance master Raphael are being shown for the first time in the United States at the Columbus Museum of Art. “Raphael — The Power of Renaissance Imagery: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact,” which continues through Oct. 30, is a collaboration between the Columbus museum and the Dre...

Since 1936, members of the DeMarco family have donned matching green, white and red dresses and gathered for the Feast of the Assumption — returning Aug. 15 for its 123rd year — as a nod to their rich heritage. “We can’t stop the tradition,” says Victoria Cirino McNamara, 77, granddaughter of Carmela DeMarco, the first family member to walk in the...

You can sign-up right now to take part in the Little Italy Festival 5-K in Clinton, IN. The race is set for Saturday, September 4. Everyone taking part in the race will meet in the South Vermillion High School parking lot. The Clinton Breakfast Club is behind the 5-K. Proceeds from the 5-K.  Pre-registration is going on right now. There's a one-mil...