The Little Italy neighborhood is a staple in Cleveland, and has been for quite some time. But Emily Mayfield had not had a chance to explore it, so she decided to head to the oldest restaurant and one of the newest in Little Italy to see what great things the neighborhood has to offer. First, the oldest restaurant in Little Italy and in Clevelan...

The Columbus Day Parade is returning to the streets of Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 11. The parade is coming back after a 2020 hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will feature elaborate floats, marching bands, local artifacts and city leaders. It will be held along Mayfield and Murray Hill roads. After the parade, at...

An Italian American author and a famed Italian American performer are to be recognized as two of Cleveland’s notable “Past Masters” in a year-long, citywide celebration organized by Cleveland Arts Prize in collaboration with the Cleveland History Center. Acclaimed novelist Michael DeCapite and singer/actress and comedienne Kaye Ballard (born Cather...

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will be featured in a virtual program supported by the International Women’s Air & Space Museum and Loganberry Books. Cristoforetti, who is part of the European Space Agency, has written “Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut.” The Zoom program is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Cristoforetti, selected in the 2009 ESA as...

Just in time for the Italian American Heritage Month, Northeast Ohio is getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of The Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE). The opening exhibit, “Faith, Family, Ambition: The Italian Americans of Northeast Ohio” explores Italian immigration to Northeast Ohio and highlights the many positive contributio...

Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, a Cleveland native who helped start a national dialogue on the role of the church in the city and guided Northeast Ohio Catholics through more than a quarter century, died Tuesday. Pilla, who was bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland from 1981 until his retirement in 2006, died at his home, the diocese confirmed in a statement...

“Fellini 101” has premiered at the Cinematheque, and its meaning is dual: It’s a crash course of master filmmaker Federico Fellini’s greatest hits, as well as a commemoration of his 101st birthday. Featuring brand new 4K restorations of all of his essential works and even a few deeper, more controversial cuts, the retrospective is a wonderful oppor...

An Akron sculptor is earning new recognition for his role in creating eight iconic statues on Cleveland’s skyline. In the early 1930s, Italian immigrant Cory Fiocca helped carve the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now known as Hope Memorial Bridge. The 43-foot art-deco figures, sculpted out of Berean sandstone on the bridge’s fo...

On Monday in Ohio a state board approved a $1 million payment to ex-Death Row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years because of prosecutorial misconduct, according to Cleveland.com. The decision by the Ohio Controlling Board was unanimous, and it ends a multi-year effort to win compensation for his decades-long...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council is proud to announce the honorees for 2021 Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland, Ohio. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the City of Cleveland has enacted restrictions on the size of events which requires a limit...