With a grand sweep of his right hand befitting a triumphant conductor, Dr. Ronald Caltabiano gestures to the glorious curves that grace the Holtschneider Performance Center at the DePaul University School of Music. Architectural glissandos ring out everywhere, including the upper-level overhangs that hug 500-seat Gannon Concert Hall and the church-...

On the Occasion of the Italian National Sport Day and the Italian Festa della Repubblica with the collaboration of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and in cooperation with Casa Italia Chicago, Cav. Uff. Mico Delianova LicastroUS Representative, Coni, Italian National Olympic Committee cordially in...

Gina Arquilla DeBoni has been appointed managing partner of Romanucci & Blandin. She joined the Chicago-based law firm in 2010. As one of the few female managing attorneys in the state of Illinois, Arquilla DeBoni is responsible for the overall management and quality assurance of the firm’s legal and compliance services for its clients. “Gina is an...

Two popular Chicago restaurants were named among the best Italian restaurants in the country, according to a new survey. The Daily Meal's "America's 50 Best Italian Restaurants" list included two spots in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood — Spiaggia and Nico Osteria. Spiaggia, which ranked #4 on the list, received high praise from The Daily Meal ed...

A whole new world awaits kids ages 4 to 16 who take part in this year’s Italian Language and Culture Camp at Casa Italia. After more than a decade of devotion to the Italian language and culture, Camp Director Josette Mentesana Weber and Language Coordinator Angela Mentesana will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement. With their blessings, C...

Sausage will be grilling, families will be dancing and dads will be honored as Onesti Entertainment hosts its 26h annual Italian Block Party-Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino on Father’s Day weekend, June 14 to 16. The Father’s Day tradition will feature Italian food specialties representing generations-old recipes from the restaurants located in Chic...

Portillo's, the fast casual restaurant concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates National Italian Beef Week May 25 - June 2. In honor of the food holiday, Portillo's hopes fans will share the tastiest ways to commemorate the special occasion with their favorite order. Whether guests enjoy their Famous Italian Beef dry, with...

Robert A. Gonnella, longtime director and former president of Gonnella Baking Co., died May 16. He was 84 years old. Mr. Gonnella was born in Chicago and graduated from John Carroll University. He began his 42-year career at Gonnella in 1957, serving as a director for more than 29 years and as president for more than 5 years. He retired in 1999. Go...

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi will perform at 7:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in downtown Chicago Tickets range from $50 to $125 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Einaudi was born in Turin, Italy, and trained as a classical composer and pianist at the Milan Conservatorio...

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will host its second annual Cannoli Fest from noon to 3 p.m. on June 22 in the Banquet Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. Home chefs are invited to present their versions of the famous Italian dessert for attendees to sample and judge. Prizes will be awarded. To be a contestant, call Salvatore Sciacc...