Sometimes there are evenings where the food and wine are simply perfect, both on their own and especially when paired together. Those nights are unforgettable. One such evening I was fortunate enough to participate in was a special Sassicaia dinner at Vivere restaurant at the Italian Village in Chicago. The Italian Village is celebrating its 92nd y...

A little more than three months after the passing of founder George Randazzo of Bloomingdale, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual awards gala in his honor Saturday night in Rosemont. But the organization faces an uncertain future as volunteers try to fill the void left by Randazzo, the group's chief cheerleader an...

When: Friday, November 22nd at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Presented on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The theme of this year's Italian Cuisine Week, which will take place from November 18-24, 2019, is Food Education: The Culture of Taste. This yearly initiat...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association recently honored Frank Perrecone and Frank Fiorello at its annual Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards Banquet held at the Venetian Club. Perrecone, the principal at Ferolie & Perrecone law firm, was inducted into GRIAA’s Hall of Fame. Perrecone is a former chairperson of GRIAA and a long-tim...

"Author Peter Pero pays tribute to Italian-American heritage, but the focus is not on Columbus, Mother Cabrini, or Michaelangelo. Instead, he looks to the working men and women of Italian Chicago who have built our city, brick-by-brick. They funded our churches, built Chicago's skyline, and raised generations of children from immigrant succession t...

One of his great passions in life outside of the baseball diamond has been to help those affected by cancer. As a survivor himself, Anthony Rizzo had made donations to hospitals, along with a number of appearances, to show his support for children suffering from the disease and their families. On Monday, the Cubs first baseman did so again with a m...

Giglio's State Street Tavern opened recently in the South Loop at 825 S. State Street. Boxing promoter Bobby Hitz has essembled a staff that's top notch and instead of having a big party at the beginning, he wanted to spread the word slowly over time. He makes diners feel right at home with his hopsitality and warm atmosphere as soon as guest enter...

When: Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Presented on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The theme of this year's Italian Cuisine Week, which will take place from November 18-24, 2019, is Food Education: The Culture of Taste. This yearly init...

When Mike and Christine Perricone saw the vacant building on Grand Avenue in Fox Lake, they knew they found the perfect location for a restaurant. The kitchen was small, so the husband-and-wife team would only serve soup and sandwiches. And thus, Perricone’s — A Soup & Sandwich Joint was born two years ago. Perricone’s offers two homemade soups dai...

Preeminent restaurateur Tony Mazzola relishes Mungo’s new location in the heart of a city steeped in Italian heritage. Since the days that Mazzola’s ancestors came from Sicily to the United States in the late 19th century, the family has been either in the restaurant industry or fresh wholesale produce business. “I followed all the women in my fami...