NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Who doesn’t love a great Bolognese or a fantastic deep dish pizza? Right now so many of us are supporting our local restaurants with takeout orders from tacos to burgers, and Genesee County is luck enough to be filled with some of the most fantastic restaurants around. Recently we asked on Facebook for you to tell us the "best" Italian food in Gene...

With a passion for authentic Italian-style Neapolitan pizza, David Scotney and his management team set out two years ago to find a second location for their Oakfire restaurant. But they also mixed in plenty of Wisconsin flavors as well. Now the newest Oakfire Pizzeria Napoletana location, at 3552 Market Lane in Somers, is up and running to join the...

Driving to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park as the first specks of snow fell this winter, I was taken back to my time writing obituaries as a cub reporter. There was an unwritten rule then at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s newspaper, the Chicago Catholic: Priests always got top billing. Shorten the nuns’ obituaries first, i...

The area’s newest Italian restaurant features a traditional menu and a comfortable dining room that can accommodate families and large groups. Italian River restaurant opened about a month ago at 1556 River Road NE. Owners Pablo Martinez and Jose Garcia are the owners of Italian River. Martinez is also the owner of El Jalapeno Mexican restaurant in...

Italian-American takeaway dinners of fresh rigatoni and meatballs with a side of virtual burlesque can now be ordered from Untitled Supper Club, a Bib Gourmand restaurant and speakeasy in Chicago. While we anxiously wait for the brighter days, when theaters, clubs, and restaurants can open to a full house again, in some places, the show must go on....

Downers Grove resident John Guarnaccia never expected to be honored at his home as a World War II Army veteran on Nov. 18. In the era of COVID-19, volunteers from Honor Flight Chicago traveled to Guarnaccia for his recognition as a veteran. “I was surprised,” Guarnaccia said. “They were all very nice, they drove three car caravans and they were too...

Vincent Francioli was an educator, civic leader, historian, WWII veteran, and a proud Italian American. He passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on October 17. His legacy includes the Fairwood Community Association, the Larchmere Business District, the Republican Veterans Group, and a host of former students and friends, many of whom were Italian Ame...

After 10 years of earning his chops in New York City, chef Matthew Phelan has returned home to open his own restaurant. Phelan has opened Novella Osteria, a rustic Italian restaurant, at 170 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. “I want to be a neighborhood restaurant,” said Phelan, who grew up in Dublin. “I want to be completely genuine. The food speaks for...

A new wood-burning pizzeria has opened in Maywood. Amici's Italian Restaurant offers "a taste of Naples," its website says. The pizzeria is located at 28 West Pleasant Ave., and offers pizza (including specialty pies), pasta, chicken, wraps, calzones, cold sandwiches and more. Amici's is open for dine-in, pick-up or delivery. Delivery is available...

For many of us, looking ahead to the year 2021 represents a possible return to “normal”… but in the heart of one of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhoods, a more than 40 old Italian American institution is gearing up to reclaim its rightful spot on the Italian American map! This week, host John Viola is sitting down with longtime friend, and newly-a...

Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro’s new documentary, I Have a Name – that puts a respectful face on homelessness through the programs of  The Chicago HELP Initiative – won Best Documentary at the 2020 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican in Rome. The prestigious film festival, under the High Patronage of the Pontific...

On October 7, 2020, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce (IACCM) held its annual Festa Della Lira. The Festa Della Lira has been one of the IACCM’s main fundraising events going back to the 1990’s. The Festa Della Lira is a $10,000 reverse raffle fundraiser, the proceeds of which are used to supplement IACCM operations and various donations.  ...