NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

An Italian-American family in Chicago is keeping their tradition alive by making tomato sauce or passata together. The Cortese family has regularly cooked their own pasta sauce together for over three generations. When Steve Cortese’s grandmother immigrated to the United States, she brought the ritual with her from a small town in Calabria, Italy....

For us, every month is Italian Heritage Month! We’re excited to share that our award-winning feature documentary And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy is now available on Prime Video in the U.S.A. and the U.K. Narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, ATCTC follows the rise of Italian enclaves across Chicagoland, touching o...

A few years back, Vince Gerasole, the beloved general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, took one of those mail-in DNA tests you see advertised on television. The Pittsburgh native, who proudly traces his ancestry to Abruzzo and Calabria, was ecstatic to discover he was 85 percent Italian, with a smattering of other European descent to round it...

A family of Italian immigrants are bringing the flavors of their homeland to metro Detroit. Cucina Lab Torino by Cuciniamo Italiano is set to open at the end of the month in Troy. Martina Rabajoli, the daughter of the owner and the restaurant's PR manager, says that her family decided to open the restaurant, Cucina Lab Torino, as a home for the fam...

Marco’s Pizza today announces the official opening of its milestone 1,000th store in Kissimmee, Florida. The brand’s path to 1,000 stores charts an incredible journey – starting with an Italian founder, Pasquale Giammarco, and a dream of creating a pizza brand, to CEO Jack Butorac who discovered a wonderful growth opportunity, to the immigrant entr...

Salvatore Sciacca was raised in the Chicago area, but he was immersed in the culture of Sicily throughout his childhood. His parents, Joseph and Mary, were born in the Sicilian town of Ciminna, and the family spent six weeks each summer on that storied isle. As he matured, Sciacca broadened his scope, signing up for four years of Italian language c...

Contractors have begun construction on a new small-footprint grocery store created by Mariano’s founder Bob Mariano and opening next April in Lincoln Park. Dom’s Kitchen and Market — the first in a chain of neighborhood grocery and takeout stores announced in May — will be located at 2730 N. Halsted St. Nina Mariano, spokesperson for the store, sai...

If you love food and you're also a fan of “The Sopranos,” you'll likely remember the scene where Vito Spattafore prepares a home-cooked meal of pork chops and vinegar peppers for Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski. The Italian-American dish, which is thought to have origins in the Neapolitan dish costolette di maiale con papaccelle, is an East Coast stapl...

Avvio Italian Kitchen, the new restaurant from former Sabatino’s co-head chef Joel Piedra, is open and serving specialities like steaks, seafood, pasta, and — of course — Shrimp DeJonghe. News of the forthcoming spot broke in early September, much to the delight of Sabatino’s fans who have been missing the beloved Northwest Side Italian-American st...

Following in the footsteps of Frank Catalanotto, recipient of the last year’s Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Achievement Award, Chicago Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce has been named as the 2020 IABF Achievement Award Honoree. With over 27 years of combined professional baseball experience as a player and coach, Anthony Iapoce has ma...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Casa Italia Community Center and feature a wine and cheese reception, concert and dinner. Scholarships from the...

The Italian American War Veterans will host a special Mass in honor of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. During the Mass, friends and relatives will be invited to bring colored candles to the altar along with a card containing the name of deceased veterans. The names will be read aloud, and the candl...