A new Norwood Park restaurant is ready for business after almost five months of renovations. Zia’s Social, 6158 N. Northwest Highway, fully opened Monday after a soft opening over the weekend. The restaurant and bar — with high tops and booth tables, two stages for music performances, a wood-fired pizza oven, a private party rental room and lots of...

One of Chicago’s most renowned Italian chefs is returning to Forest Park with a new concept born out of the pandemic-related closure of Francesca’s Fiore on Madison Street. Scott Harris, whose company now operates 14 Francesca’s restaurants and a handful of other dining spots, said the relaunched business at 7407 Madison St. will feature a simplifi...

Competitors from the Highwood Bocce Club (HBC) joined more than 60 of the best bocce players in the country in St. Louis, Mo., November 1-7, 2021, to compete in the 2021 United States Bocce Championship and 14th Annual Aldo Della Croce Bocce Tournament, held at the Italia-America Bocce Club. Highwood had an impressive medal haul with 3 silver and 3...

October is Italian-American heritage Month, chosen to coincide with the federal Columbus Day holiday, which in recent years has become a flashpoint for conflict about how we understand the “American Dream” and the values we espouse as citizens of the United States. As noted by scholars of the Italian American experience (Connell, Deschamps, Ruberto...

The sixth annual Week of Italian Cuisine in the World begins Monday, November 15th through Saturday November 21st. The weeklong celebration promoting Italian cuisine is an initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with other agencies such as the Italian Trade Agency (as well as Italian Cultural Institutes). The Italian Em...

When: Nov 17, 2021 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada) - Organized by: Consulate General of Italy in Chicago in collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago - Online Webinar Prof. Massimo Montanari presents his intellectually engaging and deliciously readable essay "A Short History of Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce", a stereotype-d...

When Jerry Colangelo was 7 years old, he was given his first basketball, a simple act that ignited the fuse to an extraordinarily successful career in national and international sports. “I smelled the leather, and it was the beginning of a love affair that has lasted a lifetime,” Colangelo tells Fra Noi in a wide-ranging interview about his life an...

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, more commonly known as Mother Cabrini, the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini will celebrate with a Jubilee year beginning on her feast day, Nov. 13. To kick-off the celebration, Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will lea...

As our nation gathers to celebrate Veterans Day this week, and all of us pause to say “grazie” to the millions of brave men and women in uniform who have served our country in war and peace, we’d like to turn our attention to remembering the Italian American legacy of our Armed Forces. There’s no better guest to guide us than Colonel Renato “Ron” B...

October through December is my favorite time of year. I’m that person who decorates for fall in August and drinks pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still 90 degrees. Out of that whole glorious season, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Last year, I spent Thanksgiving in Treviso, Italy. I hadn’t planned on still being there that late in the season, b...