When Fadi Daoud took over the former Blu (and Moxie) space in Beachwood to open Hecks, he also got the keys to the adjoining property that previously housed Cut 151 (and Red). The plan all along was to import his Italian concept, Antica, which has been cruising along in Avon since the summer of 2021. Come late-February/early-March, that plan will h...

A little more than two months after announcing the project, Geraci's is ready to open the doors to its latest venture: a full-service Italian restaurant in the heart of Willoughby. The home-grown pizzeria had been testing the waters, so to speak, with a slice shop in the same area, which debuted at The Yard on 3rd in 2022 and enjoyed two seasons th...

Steve Flacco has seen his son be a first-round draft pick, then go play in three AFC Championship Games, then win a Super Bowl and be named the MVP of the game and ultimately become the highest-paid player in NFL history. Thursday night, seated in luxury field seats at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the elder Flacco saw his son lift the former rival Bro...

Turns out, all of that New Jersey smog is actually pixie dust, and it’s landing on NFL quarterbacks. Oh, sure, we have Superfunds sites all right — super funds, as in what Tommy DeVito and Joe Flacco will be earning in bonuses and (in Flacco’s case) playoff money this season. The NFL’s most unlikely heroes have the Italian Sons and Daughters of Ame...

Thru March 30 2024 - Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. The design and performance of Enzo Ferrari’s cars have been a hallmark of Italian design since the first Ferrari was built in 1947. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s exhibit provides visitors with an up-close look at examples t...

A long-simmering project in Little Italy will soon take flight. Cent’ Anni (12401 Mayfield Rd.), a posh little cocktail bar that has been in the works for some time, is expected to open in late November. Located in the rear of the building immediately west of Valerio’s, the speakeasy-style lounge will be a celebration of all things Italian. “I live...

In Cleveland, Ohio, prior to the formation of the city’s present day Little Italy, Italian immigrants settled in an area called Big Italy, located to the south and west of Public Square, in what was known as the Haymarket District. Prior to 1880, the neighborhood was primarily Jewish, but as the Jewish population moved on to better neighborhoods, t...

Mary Elizabeth Bianchi Ferrante was born on Cleveland’s West Side to Francesco and Angelina Pasqualoni Bianchi, immigrants from Abruzzo, Italy. She is very passionate about and proud of her Italian heritage and is staunchly dedicated to its preservation and perpetuation. Mary has selflessly given years of service to the Italian American community i...

Every so often, a piece of literature is so thought-provoking, we can’t help but carry it with us. One story that haunts me — and I don’t even remember its name anymore, to my chagrin — was a required reading piece in a school textbook, perhaps in middle school. It chronicled the experience of an early Italian immigrant in America who was sad becau...

Hon. Basil Russo was formally inducted as a “Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy” on Sunday, Oct. 8. The Order, established in 1951, is the highest-ranking honor of the Italian Republic. The official ceremony took place in Little Italy at Angelo’s Nido Italia, where Russo earned the Cavaliere dell’ Ordine al Merito della’ Repubbli...