The Region's many Catholics know the drill. On Fridays during Lent they abstain from meat. That typically results in a lot of trips to the McDonald's drive-through to grab Filet-O-Fishes for lunch and visits to fish fries at churches, VFW halls and restaurants. Crispy golden lake perch can be delicious but many cannot live on fish alone. Enter the...

Grab those stretchy pants because after Burger Week in Owensboro, it's Stromboli Week in Evansville. $6 Strombolis from a dozen different restaurants are being offered. Check them out! Because of the recent snow and ice storm, Stromboli Week had to be rescheduled and now, it's upon us! I gained 8 lbs during Burger Week in Owensboro, but why not. Lo...

Gary, Indiana will be replacing Columbus Day with a holiday representing the late former Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. The Gary Common Council approved the move on Wednesday. Hatcher, one of the first African-American mayors of a large, U.S. city, died on Dec. 13, 2019 at the age of 86. In the late 1960s, Hatcher and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes wer...

The chefs at the Nesso Italian kitchen have a goal of pulling authentic taste out of local ingredients, but now they have some new reasons for people to come and visit the downtown restaurant. Even though the restaurant, like many others, was in need of support, the COVID-19 pandemic gave the restaurant a reason to help support the community. They...

Dear friends, happy new year! The horrendous 2020 is behind us, we're past it. 2021 will still be difficult, but the beginning of the end of the nightmare has begun, and we have reasons to be hopeful. It was 2012 and they started then, on a small Italian newspaper called L'Opinione, my interviews that then led to something that you don't even know,...

Passionate about authentic Italian cuisine? Traveling near Fort Wayne, Indiana? Plan on dining at The Italian Connection, established by head chef, Alex Fiato. Not surprisingly, Chef Fiato became passionate about Italian food and cooking as a child. He said that he and his siblings grew up around food, and of course, as an Italian, it was always ab...

Steve Wilkos figures he has a prime spot for a new restaurant. Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard is scheduled to open at 110 W. Main St., Suite 125, in the Carmel Arts & Design District in late February or, at the latest, the first day of spring. “We’re super excited about it. It should be great right off the Monon Trail,” said Wilkos, whose stor...

Lawrence Green, the owner of Maialina Italian Kitchen & Bar, says the restaurant brings Old World, traditional, “comfort,” Italian food and caters it to the new generation. They’ve been bringing that strategy to their customers’ tables since July 2019 from 1103 Prospect St. However, he says after a successful first six months in business, they’ll n...

The chocolate giant behind Nutella and Fannie May on Thursday announced plans to build a chocolate factory in Bloomington, Illinois, its first in North America. New Jersey-based Ferrero North America, part of the Italian candy company Ferrero Group, said it will invest $75 million to expand its existing production facility in Bloomington, where it...

On Friday, Logansport celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the “Immigration Sculpture” in Heritage Park. Like many of the immigrants who came to Logansport, the statue representing them did not have an easy trip to its home. There were decisions to be made and money to be raised. And although the statue of Carrara marble was supposed to arriv...