Lou Scaramuzzo has embarked upon his second term as president of the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, accepting the gavel from Bob Urbinati. A member of CIACO since 2003 and a board member since 2005, Scaramuzzo has served as secretary, second vice president and first vice president, in addition to his seven-year stint as presi...

Lou Malnati’s – the beloved Chicago pizza institution long known for its iconic deep dish – announced today that it will begin shipping its popular alternative – Chicago Thin Crust – exclusively through its Tastes of Chicago platform, giving the rest of the nation access to this other quintessentially Windy City staple. Available only in restaurant...

When it comes to celebrating our Italian American culture, sometimes you need to capture every moment as it happens. Such is the case for this week’s guest, Frank Di Piero. Frank is the host of “Keepin’ It Real with Frankie D.” at ItalianAmericanLife.com. With more than 100 “Italian American Moments” to his credit, Frank believes in making our cult...

Chicago Cubs infielder Trey Mancini had initially signed up to play for the Italian team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but after signing with the North Siders he will instead report to spring training in Arizona and focus on getting to know his new teammates.  Mancini, who signed a two-year deal with the Cubs earlier this month, said that...

Thursday, January 26 at 6pm CT - Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (500 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611). On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee, presents the history of the San Sabba Rice Mill, the only Italian Nazis camp wit...

Local realtor Christopher DeSanto has stepped up to the presidency of the Calabresi in America Organization, continuing a legacy of leadership begun by his mother, Mary. DeSanto’s grandparents came to America from Castrolibero and Rende, Calabria. Both of his parents were members of CIAO from the club’s inception, and his mom was a perennial volunt...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will host its 44th annual gala and induction ceremony on Feb. 17 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. This year’s inductees will be LPGA champion Missie Bereotti, Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Faneca, Henry Repeating Arms Founder and CEO Anthony Imperato, White Sox legend Paul Konerko and W...

Frank T. Concialdi has been elected president of Il Comitato Beato Giovanni Liccio, a Chicago society named in honor of the patron of Caccamo, Sicily. The society has a chapel and clubhouse on Addison Avenue and celebrates its feast day in late July. Following in the footsteps of his uncle and cousins, Concialdi became a member of the society in 20...

Chamber Music on the Fox will bring the music of 17th century Italy to the Fox Valley at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. The concert, featuring the celebrated Newberry Consort, will take place at the First Congregational Church of Dundee, 900 S. Eighth St., West Dundee. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at www.cha...

Trey Mancini and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity late Saturday night because the agreement is pending a successful physical. Mancini, a cancer survivor, helped the Houston Astros win the World Series last season afte...