by Vincent Goodwill   Auburn Hills -- Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He's eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.   "I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player," said Datome, who'll wear jersey nu...

by Heather Haddon   New Jersey Italians are still likely to lose their one full-time consulate, but they are getting a reprieve from the closure of another nearby office. A proposal by the Italian government to shut its consulate in Philadelphia was averted after appeals from Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), accordi...

Michigan-bred Vatican astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will become the first clergyman awarded one of planetary science's most prestigious awards, when on Thursday in Arizona he receives the Carl Sagan Medal.   And then Consolmagno, for two decades the curator of the Vatican's meteorite collection, plans to head to metro Detroit...

by Kate Abbey-Lambertz When Ariel Millan received a message at 5:40 a.m. Monday that his sous chef Mateo Burns was having a baby, he said okay and went back to sleep.   Several minutes later, the executive chef of Detroit's newest Italian restaurant woke up with a start and an expletive, sent a congratulatory text and headed into Ottava Via...

This hot spot is located in the old Madison Theatre building, right across the street from the Detroit Opera House. While it's known for its hearty Italian fare (much of which can be served gluten-free!) it also has a stocked bar with ample seating, perfect to grab a drink before or after a show.   While it is perhaps geared more toward the...

The Detroit Waza Flo professional soccer team is starting this inaugural season in the new Major Arena Soccer League by making sure they have a stellar coaching staff to lead them. The organization made an impressive move by signing Mirco Gubellini as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 MASL season. He previously played professional soccer in Ita...

An early masterpiece by the Italian artist Caravaggio is coming to Detroit. "Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy" will be displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning this week and running into mid-January.   It's on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., and will be shown next to the DIA's own 16th-centur...

Societa Santa Fara di Cinisi invites everyone to their upcoming Procession and Mass in Honor of Santa Fara di Cinisi at Holy Family Church on May 17. Please bring your club or Society banner to walk along our procession at 10:30 a.m.   Procession followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass. Following Mass will be food and refreshments in the church hall....

by Gus Burns   As Christopher Columbus Day came to a close Monday, Detroit's own Christopher Columbus statue stood defiled by vandals. For most of the day, a hatchet stuck from the center of the Italian explorer's likeness. A bystander climbed up and removed it about 4 p.m., remarking that it was disrespectful.   Tape that held t...

Photographer Richard Haskin and writer Pierette Domenica Simpson are proposing a DETUR in the Art community of Detroit and Turin.   DETUR, (short for Detroit-Turin Exchange) refers to a new path intended to create a cultural bridge for artists of every genre to explore, enrich, and connect with the Art world that now mostly exist...