Fans of former Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito, who was a fan favorite right fielder and once led the league in home runs, are invited to a Tribute to Rocky Colavito at 7 p.m. July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, in the Porter Meeting Room. Ground was broken June 1 in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighbo...

Joseph Carabelli was a self-made man, an Italian immigrant who built a successful business in Cleveland that contributed to the local arts scene in ways that are still evident today. Born in 1850 in Porto Ceresio, Italy, Carabelli was apprenticed to a stone cutter while a young man. In 1870 he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York Ci...

Avon will soon be home to a new Italian restaurant concept created by the owner of the well-known Heck’s restaurant (Cleveland’s Ohio City and Avon locations). Antica Italian Restaurant + Bar will open soon (tentative date is July 12) in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Piccolo, 35568 Detroit Road. A restaurant called Flair 22 was originally pla...

Sister Francis Marie Vallone, a Franciscan nun for 75 years, taught religion and assisted applicants and new members in her early years in the order. In her later years, Sister Vallone developed ministries to the elderly, including those living in nursing homes. "She loved her ministries," said Sister Peggy Wetzel, of the Western New York regional...

Nominations for Honorees to be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2021 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include:  Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.  Anyone is welcome to nominate an Italia...

Of the dozens of people who showed up in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood to mark the groundbreaking for a statue of former Indians slugger Rocky Colavito, few beamed as much as Sheldon Green. Like many people of a certain age, Green was fond of the New York-born Colavito, an endearment the ballplayer shared with his adopted city. In 1960, Gre...

Pizza, “Italiano” fried chicken and jojos – a sort of holy trinity of dishes – have a place at the table and, often, all at the same time, in northeast Ohio. In Columbus, it’s a less common occurrence. Daniel Shackelford and Larry Halpin, lifelong friends, are trying to trying to raise the profile of the trio with the opening of their second Gionin...

The Feast of the Assumption — a beloved Cleveland tradition more than a century old — will return this August. The Feast will return to Little Italy with COVID-19 protocols in place, a media release from the city of Cleveland said. City and parish leaders shared their enthusiasm in the release: “I am extremely excited to join Father Joe, Holy Rosar...

One of the problems that the Italian American community has always had, and the consequences of which it has always paid for, is division, the lack of unity. When I say that Italian Americans are, to all intents and purposes, Italian, even if some of them do not have an Italian passport that officially certifies it, I mean that there is an Italian...

A walk through Cleveland’s Little Italy in 2021 allows visitors to time travel through a history of Cleveland if they know where to look. It’s why the Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation is working on an updated neighborhood plan to better guide developers so future projects in the neighborhood reflect what the community wants. Buildings that ha...