As local hospitals respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a Jeffersonville restaurant is showing its support by giving out free meals to healthcare workers. Parnelli’s Chicago Eatery, a restaurant that opened three months ago on 10th Street, is providing lunches and dinners to staff at Clark Memorial Health through its “Feed A Floor” campaign, and it...

Giovanni Insolia grew up in Solarino, a small Sicilian town in the province of Siracusa. One of six children born to Paolo and Sebastiana Teodoro Insolia, he was surrounded by extended family throughout his childhood. Insolia’s father made very little money as the town barber, in most cases receiving goods like wheat in exchange for his services. W...

It had been awhile since I’d dined at one of Alex Dana’s Rosebud restaurants — there are four in Chicago, along with locations in Deerfield, Lemont and Naperville, plus his Carmine’s restaurants in the city and Rosemont — so that when I ordered carryout dinner from the Naperville location, I forgot the cardinal Rosebud rule. Order light. Portions a...

When it’s good, it’s good ... everything about it. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, we enjoyed an outstanding meal at Rockford’s classic Italian ristorante, Franchesco’s. And over the last 34 years, this restaurant has just gotten better and better. The eatery has a truly beautiful main dining room, which happened to be booked for a private party th...

The 36th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival will have its celebration this year Aug. 6-9 on Warren’s Courthouse Square, according to Carol Ficeti, president of the committee’s board. The festival has sent out letters to vendors stating it will take place 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 -9. “We want to stay in Courthouse Squ...

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Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is making the most of his time at home, along with a mouth-watering homemade Italian meal. The Broncos' Twitter account shared a video of the current Denver Broncos head coach making homemade meatballs and red sauce, backed by soothing Italian music. While he’s currently relieved of coaching dut...

A native of Toronto, Joseph Yanuziello is the master craftsman behind some of the world’s most sought-after guitars. In the boutique guitar marketplace, where instruments routinely command $5,000 or more, Joseph Yanuziello’s instruments have become so popular you might think his company’s motto is “sold out.” As fast as he can build his stunning in...

Born in Italy and trained by the Army as a cameraman, Gino Bartucci toured the country photographing atomic bombs, filming bombers flying overhead and helping create documentaries. Gino Bartucci was born in Malvitani di Rende, a small village in Calabria. Of the nine children born to Vincenzo and Maria Carmella (Pisello) Bartucci, six survived infa...

This school year’s calendar is in flux, but Homewood District 153 board members adopted the 2020-21 school calendar and designated Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than the traditional Columbus Day. Columbus Day was declared a national holiday in 1934 in recognition of Christopher Columbus' exploration of a new world. And, it became a spe...