Six months after Joliet Patch reported that Joliet's West Jefferson Street would be welcoming a Pop's Italian Beef restaurant business owners are ready to start hiring their staff. On Friday, a large banner was displayed across the top of the old Boston Market store at 1888 West Jefferson Street, near Larkin Avenue. Starting wages for management...

My journey started in the Fall of 2002 when my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, brought home a new history project from school.  The assignment: “Find out which ancestors came to America and Why.” I knew a little bit about my father’s paternal side, but not much.  By the time I was born, our family was 100% Americanized, though both of my parents were 1...

The Cambria Hotel Shelby Township-Detroit and its restaurant, Verona — Inspired Italian, will open on July 21. The hotel, located at 50741 Corporate Dr. in Shelby Township, offers 98 rooms, including three suites, along with upscale amenities and locally inspired design and artwork. The property’s on-site restaurant, Verona – Inspired Italian, will...

“Here,” said chef Gaetano DiBenedetto, as he handed me what looked like a pale pink rose. It was mortadella, cut very thin, folded a few times into delicate leaves, most unlike the pale brownish sausage flecked with fat that’s usually the last thing eaten off a deli party tray. I didn’t recognize the mortadella at first: it was so good and so unlik...

Legendary Chicago Italian restaurant Spiaggia, which has been open for 37 years, announced Friday it is permanently closed. Owners of the Michelin-starred restaurant and its sister concept, Café Spiaggia, were unable to restructure its soon-to-expire Michigan Avenue lease, a move that “was necessary to reflect the realities of operating a restauran...

You can watch the final game of the UEFA Euro 2020 Cup final between Italy and England this weekend at a popular Far Northwest Side Italian bar. Italian restaurant BarTucci, 3426 N. Harlem Ave. in Dunning, will host a big watch party for the final game starting 1 p.m. Sunday in the Piazza Italia parking lot, which is home to a variety of Italian sh...

One of my favorite things about Michigan's Upper Peninsula is that there are so many small and unique towns and cities that have absolute staples of the community. From what I'm learning, that's exactly what Ralph's Italian Deli in the small city of Ishpeming, outside of Marquette, is for them. From the outside it looks like your normal small town...

Hey mambo! Festa Italiana is set to make its return to Mokena July 18 in the Metra lot on Front Street. And after a year away because of the pandemic, one can bet the party will be a memorable one this year. The day is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Mokena Intermediate School, 11331 195th St.,with a procession marking the Feast of Our Lady of Mou...

After guarding the Korean DMZ for most of his tour of duty in the Army during the Vietnam War, Luco Clarizio watched over fallen soldiers returning to the States, escorting their caskets from the airport to the cemetery. The oldest of two sons born to Dominick and Mary (Viola) Clarizio, Luco was brought into this world by his maternal grandmother i...

As the director of the Chicago office of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Luca Di Vito’s job is to illuminate Italy’s vast cultural treasures and burnish the country’s image around the world. In a sleek office on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the Italian government offers up a wealth of cultural riches in the form of movie screenings, lectures on art...