NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Sons of Italy Lodge in Kankakee voted to donate $4,000 to various charities at the group’s recent meeting. The lodge usually makes charitable bequests during the Christmas season, but it did not get a chance to do that as meetings and activities were postponed because of COVID. The group decided to fund two scholarships and make four $500 donat...

The daughter of a 20th-century saint is opening an international pilgrimage center in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, who is the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), is opening the center to promote the sanctity of the family and the protection of all human life.  Effingham Radio reports that the center will be named...

A familiar fixture will return to the streets, er, sidewalks of Little Italy on Friday, May 20. For the past two years, Mount Granita Italian Ice has parked its seasonal sidewalk cart near the intersection of Mayfield and Murray Hill (2024 Murray Hill Rd.) to dispense scoops of its scratch-made confection. The warm-weather refresher returns for the...

Dolci Amori, an Italian bakery owned by Ciro Longobardo (who’s also a co-owner of the Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno in the Fulton River District) has been a work in progress for more than two years. First the pandemic hit. Then the pastry chef couldn’t immigrate from Naples to Chicago because the borders were closed. Then there was a long wait f...

There are potential plans to bring a new pizzeria and bocce courts to downtown East Lansing. Coratti's Pizzeria Bar and Bocce would be at 321 E. Grand River Ave., offering food and licensed alcoholic beverage sales. A public hearing on site plans and special use permit requests is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, before the East Lansing Planning C...

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in collaboration with the Consulate of Italy in Detroit will present Pomeriggio con Paganini to commemorate the famous violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini who died on May 27, 1840. Born on October 27, 1782 in Genoa, Italy, Paganini was a child prodigy and is regarded one of the gr...

The Foundation N.O.I. (Nuovi Orizzonti Italiani) – Ente Gestore for the promotion of the Italian Language and Culture within the Jurisdiction of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit- announces the opening of a position as Executive Director of Italian Language Programs beginning September 1st, 2022. Candidates are asked to provide NOI Foundation Board...

Covington’s Main Street — the heart of historically designated MainStrasse Village — boasts one of the best assortments of restaurants in Greater Cincinnati. A lion’s share of credit for that abundance goes to a restaurant group informally known as Otto’s Restaurant Family. MainStrasse residents Emily Wolff and Paul Weckman opened Otto’s in 2003, b...

A native of Ferentino, Italy makes an impromptu stop in Rockford, Ferentino’s sister city. Matteo Cervoni was at a medical conference at Georgia Tech when he decided to end his first visit to the United States with a trip to Rockford. “I know a lot of people that come from my same country and he loves Ferentino,” says Cervoni. Rockford and Ferentin...

Are you in the mood for Italian food? Do you live in the suburbs of Cleveland? Of course, you could go to a big chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Carrabba's Italian Grill. But why do that when there is delicious Italian food to be found at locally-owned restaurants in the area? Here are 4 great Italian restaurants in Cleveland's suburbs, listed...

When: May 23 - July 8, 2022, Visit by appointment only, Wednesday through Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm CT - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - Entrance : Free G.E. Kidder Smith Photographer is a multi-site exhibition curated by Angelo Maggi and Michelangelo Sabatino. In conjunction with the publication of G.E. Kidder Smith Builds: The Trave...

The other day, I was in the mood for Italian food. However, I didn't know where to go. Of course, there are great Italian restaurants in Little Italy, but since I live on the west side, I didn't feel like driving that far east (especially with the ridiculous price of gas nowadays). I live in the suburbs, so I could have gone to Carrabba's Italian G...