Alexander Argirov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, has been working in restaurants nearly his whole life. "I started doing this when I was 15,” he said. “My dad put me to wash dishes in our family restaurant." He and his business partners had wanted to open a place in the neighborhood for three years, observing that Hyde Park needed “something with a...

A Streeterville pizzeria is serving up pinsa, a next-generation Roman-style pizza. Chef Adam Weisell from L'Aventino Forno Romano spoke with ABC7 about the new take on the Chicago classic. Pinsa has an airy texture, moist and fragrant crumb and crispy exterior, according to the restaurant's website. It's naturally lower in gluten, carbohydrates and...

Cio-Cio-San, a captivating geisha in Nagasaki, marries B. F. Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant. For him, it's a lark, a diversion before he marries a "real" American wife. For her, it's a life-altering commitment that's briefly blissful, then disastrous: her family renounces her and Pinkerton leaves Japan. When he returns a few years later, h...

Celebrating 42 years of Italian Americans in Sports, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame hosted its annual star-studded Induction and Awards Gala on Saturday, November 9th at the Westin O’Hare. With 650 guests on hand, the NIASHF welcomed the all-star class of 2019, which included Super Bowl Champion, Glenn Carano; National Hot Rod As...

The North American Pizza & Culinary Academy in Lisle is gearing up for its second annual Festa della Sopressata. Slated for Feb. 1, the competition will pit local sopressata makers in a pitched battle for first, second and third place trophies and prizes. The event is hosted by NAPCA founder and master instructor Leo Spizzirri and his partner, foun...

One of the newest additions to the Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop is Pacino’s, an Italian restaurant that specializes in Sicilian-inspired dishes. With a warm and inviting atmosphere that matches the food, the restaurant that opened on November 15th has already been garnering some attention in the area with dishes like the Sicilian Artichok...

Retired CFO Mark M. Corrado will ascend to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at a black-tie optional installation dinner on Jan. 18 at the Medinah Country Club. For reservations, call Michael Russotto at 630-222-2686. Corrado has been a member of the Columbian Club since 2006, but he was introduced to the organization more than 40 yea...

The In Her Shoes Foundation presented public health nutritionist Carl Amendola D’Anca with its 2019 Women Who Change the World Leadership Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Chicago Medical School, D’Anca has dedicated herself to “raising awareness, inspiring change and improving the health of the nation” in response to the gro...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations brought its message of unity to Chicago recently. Conference Chair Dr. Aileen Sirey, and Vice Chair Basil Russo met with representatives of 20 member organizations of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. The meeting was hosted by JCCIA President Sergio Giangrande. The m...

Perhaps you’ve seen one of those articles about buying a house in Italy for as little as $1. And maybe your mind drifts to a stone palazzo, where you sit on your balcony, glass of Chianti in hand, listening to the lively chatter of the families passing below as the sun sinks toward a hilly horizon. Then you come to your senses: What kind of schmuck...