Main courses with titles such as Della Casa and Orrecchiette dot the menu at Bocca, the newly opened “modern Italian” restaurant in the former Fall Creek Place home of Shoefly Public House. Bocca is the brainchild of Dan Cage, who operates Ambrosia just south of Broad Ripple. The menu is designed by executive chef Ricky Martinez, formerly of Delici...

Almost 10 years after the opening of their first location, locally-owned bakery Amelia’s expanded to a second location last month in Windsor Park, located at 1637 Nowland Avenue. The Italian-style bakery features fresh-baked bread and pastries, made from scratch daily, according to their website.   Amanda Drozd, the store manager, said this locatio...

A small restaurant in the city of Perugia, Italy, sticks in Emily Houser's mind when she recalls her 2014 study abroad trip. The restaurant opened about 8 p.m. and served a three-course meal before promptly closing just a few hours later, she said.  "Food is its own time, where here, I think we just try to fit food in where we can. It's not necessa...

“I always had grown up in the restaurant business, I thought that everybody’s parents did things like this,” says Carmela Cataldo. “I always remembered wanting to work at the restaurant because my older siblings would go, and I thought this is so lame, finally when I was 10 they let me in.” Carmela Cataldo won first place in the 2020 Best in the Mi...

The Italian House on Park got some special national recognition. OpenTable, on online restaurant-reservation service, recently named the Westfield restaurant as one of its 100 Best Neighborhood Gems in America for 2021. The Italian House on Park, 219 Park St., is one of only two restaurants in Indiana to earn the honor. The Italian House on Park is...

A Columbus Day celebration will be held at Central Park in Mishawaka on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. The day-long event recognizes Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the new world, and will also be celebrating Italian heritage month. The celebration starts near the Columbus statue in Central Park. Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood is attending the event. There will...

Abbiocco Italian Cuisine in Chesterton rang in their two year anniversary with true Italian flair on September 23. The night began with friends, family, and dear customers arriving for a welcoming reception prior to the event. Smiling faces filtered into the room as people prepared for the five-course dinner and wine tasting.  Abbiocco set the stag...

An Elkhart woman shakes up the competition at the International Pizza Expo. 18-year-old Carmilla Cataldo was the youngest competitor inside the Las Vegas Convention Center on August 17, where the 2021 International Pizza Expo was taking place. A title she is not unfamiliar with. Carmilla won first place at the 2020 Mid-American Restaurant Expo as a...

For the 55th year, the streets of Clinton, Indiana are filled with colors of the Italian flag as they prepare for their Little Italy Festival. This event first started in 1966 but was cancelled last year due to COVID. Italian and American flags flood the downtown streets as organizers and community members are putting the finishing touches on this...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...