“No race is won until the tape is crossed and I realized that all the time. It’s hard luck, but it’s all in the game. I did my best, and since I’ve lost out, I’m for the man who picked the prize.” – Ralph De Palma after the 1912 Indianapolis 500  Few scenes across the decades of the Indianapolis 500’s history would more greatly move those that witn...

About three years ago, Justin Jones’ love of hospitality and coffee led him to open Georgia Street Grind in downtown Indianapolis. Then, after finding success with what he calls his “proof of concept” at that location, he decided to turn his attention to bringing a new kind of coffee shop to the city: a neighborhood gathering place, inspired by cla...

Following the Daytona and Road Atlanta rounds, the 488 Challenge Evos of the North American series will return to the track as scheduled over the weekend of 26 July. The venue will be Indianapolis instead of Laguna Seca as previously planned. However, the latter will play host from 25 to 27 September after the fourth race of the season at COTA from...

An event that annually draws 40,000 fans of Italian food to the southeast side of Downtown Indianapolis has been postponed. The Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, which was scheduled for June 12 and 13, is postponed indefinitely due to concerns about COVID-19. Italian Street Festival organizers said in a statement that they will post updates to t...

A new bar and Italian spot, offering pizza and more, has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The newcomer to Downtown, called Pomodoro, is located at 15 E. Maryland St. Pomodoro has pizza, pasta and wine. The restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine like meatballs, Neapolitan style wood fire pizzas, bolognese and more.  With a 3.5-star rating...

Nearly 48 years ago, an Italian immigrant named Paul Cento came to the Circle City to pursue the American dream. In Italy, he was already known as a famous shoemaker who had made shoes for the likes of Sophia Loren and Pope Pius XII. But here in Indianapolis, he simply became known as the go-to man for all things shoe-related. And although he has s...

A year ago, pizza was the fanciest Italian food you could find in Fishers. Starting tonight Friday night, you can get Tuscan seafood stew, pork loin stuffed with provolone cheese and so much pasta, including fettuccini alfredo, at the new Sangiovese. The restaurant is the latest opening at The Yard at Fishers District, 9708 District North Dr., and...

IndyCar driver John Andretti has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. Andretti carried on the family racing tradition with a long career in both NASCAR, IndyCar, sports cars and even NHRA drag racing. John was the nephew of racing legend Mario Andretti, cousin to current IndyCar team owner Michael. John raced in the Indianapolis 5...

Back in the 1930s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy was the place to get dressed up and go out to eat in downtown Indianapolis. Originally located at 323436 S. Illinois Street (where the Hyatt hotel currently sits), Iozzo’s was the largest restaurant in the Midwest—with a dining room that sat 500 people and a banquet room that could seat 350 more. There wer...

NFL’s Adam Vinatieri, placekicker for football’s Indianapolis Colts, is quite the guy. First, Vinatieri is the oldest player (age 46) currently playing in the NFL. In pigskin land, this is old. Naturally, this gives folks pause to wonder if “he’s still got it.” And for a while, there was good reason to doubt. Vinatieri missed five of eight kicks...