Chef Luca Issa is bringing some of his signature dishes to life stateside. Sharing the same name as the original Piccolo Buco in Rome, simple, quality ingredients and traditional recipes are the cornerstones of the menu.   The red and yellow tomato sauce featured in many dishes comes from tomatoes grown specifically for Piccolo Buco. For your first...

When: Sun, July 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT - Where: Italian Cultural Garden, 990 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44108 Featuring well known music from Italian opera, Broadway musicals and popular Italian songs with The Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet. Reserved seating available at $28.50 in front of the stage. Free general admissio...

After getting its start at farmers markets and then a ghost kitchen during the pandemic, Sfera is now slinging its take on Sicilian street food from a Broadway storefront. Sfera opened May 11 at 5759 N. Broadway, the latest move to expand the three-year-old business. Friends Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale started Sfera by selling their take on a...

For survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels fire Tuesday was a day of emotion. Ninety-five people, nearly all of them children perished the blaze in 1958.  Survivors and community members gathered at the site for a ceremony decades in the making. The statute of the Virgin Mary, that stood on site that fateful day 62 years ago, is home again — with...

For the next edition of #OnTapEats, I traveled to Midlothian to Bartolini’s to try their deep-dish pizza. Bartolini’s was suggested by “BIG DUB” and is located at 14420 S. Pulaski Rd. just a few minutes off of I-294 and right next to the Secretary of State facility. Bartolini’s has been serving up fresh pies, Italian beef, and homemade meatballs si...

On June 8, 2022, at 2 PM CT, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest cordially invites you to an exclusive PRODUCT PRESENTATION: an educational journey highlighting the authentic and certified Sicilian specialties - in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to increase the knowledge and consumption...

What comes to mind when you first hear the phrase “Roseland groups”? If you’re in your late 70s and older, its’ probably Frankie Bortoli or Eddie Baldacci and their bands. If you’re from the  generation before that, you’re probably thinking Styx or Chicago. If you so, you’d be way off the topic of this column. Many social groups were formed in Rose...

When: Friday, June 3 at 6pm CT - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago  Prof. Jesse Rosenberg presents Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" ahead of the upcoming performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra directed by Riccardo Muti. Verdi's “Un Ballo in Maschera” has long been a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, but its creation and the circ...

A philanthropic powerhouse for more than 30 years, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization has bestowed nearly $900,000 in scholarships and tens of thousands more to veterans in need over the decades. Most of those funds have been raised at its annual Honor and Hope gala, but this year CIACO has decided to mix things up a bit. “We’...

I have been on a personal journey as of late. I have been looking for the best Italian sub in the Chicagoland area. I have always had a favorite which was the Alpine Sub in Elmwood Park. I think I have found a new king of the best Italian sub in the Chicagoland area. The name of the sub shop is Serino Italian Deli in Addison. The deli has been in b...