10 years ago, Oscar Farinetti brought Eataly to the United States, on August 31 he opened Eataly NYC Flatiron, what is today the flagship store in the U.S. The original idea was simple: to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices for ALL, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural, and simple...

Loyola University Chicago has named Sam Marzo, M.D., dean of its Stritch School of Medicine. “We are confident that Dr. Marzo will continue to shape and grow the Stritch School of Medicine,” says Norberto Grzywacz, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago provost and chief academic officer. “With Jesuit values as part of his moral foundation, Dr. Marzo wil...

As I’ve sat with a number of people over the years, discussions have often turned to who the people of Kensington, Pullman and Roseland are. As a child in St. Anthony’s Parish, the answer was clear: We’re all Italian. Of course, then I became more aware of the world around me. I came to realize that some of the last names called for attendance at s...

The former Quiote space is roaring once again, thanks to Aldo Zaninotto. Last month, Zaninotto opened Testaccio in Logan Square. It’s a new Italian restaurant inspired by the Roman neighborhood where the restaurant takes its name, serving a blend of cuisines from Greek, Malta, Turkey, and Morocco. Zaninotto’s background is in wine, but many Chicago...

In light of the recent discussions about Christopher Columbus, Chicago’s Italian American community will come together this Sunday, August 30 at Noon for a “North Side Italian American Heritage Rally”. The event will take place outdoors in the parking lot of the new location of The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 3417 North Harlem Av...

Judge Regina A. Scannicchio has ascended to the presidency of the Justinian Society of Lawyers. Under normal circumstances, she would officially take the helm at the organization’s installation and awards gala in September, but the event has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus. Joining Scannicchio as officers are First Vice P...

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will host a series of concerts by world-renowned accordionist Cory Pesaturo in September. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Pesaturo is known for his innovative approach to the instrument. He plays acoustic, digital, jazz and classical music; has won numerous awards, and performed at...

After hosting more than a century of live annual celebrations in the Chicago area, the Maria SS. Lauretana Society will turn to the internet this year to keep its venerable traditions alive. “The safety of our members and supporters is our top priority,” says Feast Committee Chairman Angelo Camarda, “but we’re not going to let this pandemic stop us...

For 7 years I have been dealing with everything that is Italian American on a daily basis, and by now I have learned to recognize when a name comes back often, involved in many things: that is a leader of the community in which he/she lives and works. This is what happens in the Italian American community in Chicago: if there is music or the celebr...

Some members of Chicago’s Italian-American community say it’s time to return the Christopher Columbus statues that were removed. They held a news conference in Grant Park on Sunday with a message for Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Put the statues back, because it’s history. It’s part of Chicago,” said Frank Coconate of the group Hands Off Christopher Colum...