Cheese making is an art form, much like crafting a bottle of wine or baking pastries. Anyone can make cheese but crafting it to taste unique is what separates the artists from the rest of the crowd. Mozzarella Store Pizza and Caffè has proven its worth in spades. Mozzarella Store (882 N Michigan Ave.) is located where the old Hershey’s Chocolate st...

It is heartbreaking to announce the passing of George Randazzo, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President and Founder, who passed away yesterday, Sunday, July 28 at the age of 77. George was larger than life and had a heart of gold, devoting his life to his family, friends and to the Italian American community through the National Ita...

A new sports bar and Italian spot has opened up shop in the neighborhood. Located at 825 S. State St., the new addition is called Giglio's State Street Tavern. Giglio's State Street Tavern specializes in homemade Italian dishes and cocktails. The menu features rigatoni with vodka sauce, bruschetta, pizza and more. The new sports bar has already att...

Ryan Chiaverini projects such a warm, affable presence as the co-host of the ABC7 talk show “Windy City Live” that as I waited to talk to him, I wondered whether he acts that way in real life or whether it’s just a persona for TV. A moment later, he bounded into his office with a big smile, a proffered handshake and a friendly gesture motioning me...

Rockford’s Italian community invited a famous face to Rockford to celebrate their heritage. Solo Italiano is a one day fest put on by Franchesco’s Ristorante celebrating all things Italian. The fest had everything from Italian foods, to cars, to wines and beers. Proceeds from the fest went to help a local Italian family who have been battling a can...

Mike Nardella, an instrumental member of the Chicago Wolves' Hockey Operations department from Day 1 and a legend in Chicago sporting circles for parts of nine decades, passed away Friday morning at the age of 94. "Big Mike," as he was known to his friends, became a part of the Chicago hockey scene in the 1930s when he was caught trying to swipe st...

Chicago-based writer/director Lucia Mauro and husband/producer Joe Orlandino – the co-founders of the non-profit film organization In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. wrapped shooting in Italy on their fourth short film, titled, Voci del diario (Entries). The inspiring independent art film is a highly textured cinematic poem that explores the life cycle th...

Thursday, August 8, 2019. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT. Eight Eleven Uptown High Rise, 811 West Agatite Avenue, Montrose & Clarendon, Chicago, IL 60640. Travel to Italy in Chicago at this Summer Party Benefiting In My Brother's Shoes., Inc. with a Chance to Win a Real Trip to Tuscany!! Join us for a Party & Film Screening to benefit In My Brother’s Shoes,...

Ron Onesti returned to Taylor Street with a bang last year, taking the venerable festa there to new heights. Never one to rest on his laurels, the president of Onesti Entertainment put the “icing” on the cassata with the addition this year of the Chicago Gelato Festival. The fest within a fest will feature samplings, demonstrations and a competitio...

Frankie Santoro and Angela Santoro-Castelli grew up in their parents’ restaurant, where they absorbed the importance of etiquette and geniality in the hospitality industry. Taking a cue from patriarch Vince Santoro’s heyday, the gregarious Frankie Santoro scoops up a patron’s children, mixes martinis and shares limoncello shots with equal aplomb th...