The 33rd annual Stark County Italian-American Festival is set for June 13-15 at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW. The festivities will include music, daily entertainment, a bocce tournament (men, women and teen teams), a pizza-eating contest, a singing contest, food and a kid’s zone. The awards breakfast is set for 9 a.m. June 13 at Skyland Pines. F...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Ben V. Marconi Lodge 505 will sponsor a singing contest at the 2019 Stark County Italian American Festival at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW, Canton. The contest will take place at noon June 15 at the stage. The entire festival will run June 13-15. The contest is open to children and adults, and 15 contestants are...

Years of development at Gervasi Vineyard culminated Thursday with the opening of The Casa, a 24-room boutique hotel. "I don't think we're going to build any more buildings. This is sort of a capstone, I think, for this property," said Scott Swaldo, general manager of GV Destinations — which includes the Gervasi estate and Twisted Olive in Green. Th...

The Italian-American Festival Foundation Inc. of Stark County has announced it will award $8,000 in college scholarships for the 2019 academic year. This is the 33rd consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $256,000 to Stark County graduates. Applicants must be of Italian-American heritage and a graduate from a Stark County...

CANTON Ownership has changed hands, but the Norcia Bakery recipes are intact, and it seems that everybody loves a pepperoni roll. John Norcia launched the Italian bakery in 1918 and it still is going strong after a century. The Norcia family immigrated from Italy early in the 20th century, bringing the original recipe for bread and hard rolls. Mike...

Reviewing a restaurant each week for Ticket magazine, I've sampled plenty of excellent food so far in 2018. That said, the hot pastrami sandwich at downtown Canton's new Salumeria di Torre Italian Deli & Market was as memorably delicious as anything I've eaten this year. I enjoyed it even more than the towering corned beef-on-rye sandwich I had in...

The success that Lucca in downtown Canton has realized since 2011 has its owner, Josh Schory, over the moon with joy. On his way back to earth, he formed a new idea, and it seems to be just another success. "We have been looking for a new direction, a new outlet," said Schory. "We have been making our own fresh pasta for about seven years now, and...

The Italian-American Festival plans to install two bocce courts on Market Square by June. The city has OK’d the group’s request to build in the northwest corner, parallel to the parking lot, said City Engineer Dan Moeglin. They are surface courts with a raised border. “It doesn’t need a whole lot of formality,” he said. City crews removed a few pin...

Twice on Monday people stood to applaud Law Director Joseph Martuccio at his final council meeting. The first ovation occurred after Councilman Greg Hawk, D-1, announced the law director’s impending retirement and thanked Martuccio for his work. The second came after Martuccio’s roughly 10-minute speech. “I’m an Italian-American, a lawyer, an actor...

Canton's Gervasi Vineyard has announced plans to expand its 55-acre, Tuscany-inspired combined winery and resort with a new luxury boutique hotel and distillery. Construction of the two-building expansion is expected to begin this spring, with the projects completed in either late 2018 or early 2019. The winery opened in 2010. The sprawling propert...