Fifty years ago this month, the Italian-American Society in Indianapolis decided to restore the Chapel in the Meadow in the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area. The chapel had been built 20 years earlier by Italian prisoners of war and dedicated in the autumn of 1943. So this fall also marks the 70th anniversary of the chapel itself.   In 1943...

by Liz Biro   An uncommon take on Italian food lands in Fountain Square in early September, or maybe as soon as late August. Restaurant Pioneer, at the crossroads of Shelby Street and Virginia Avenue, features the food of northeastern Italy and its Alpine neighbors Austria, Germany and Switzerland.   That means homemade bratwurst...

by Dan Eaton   Piada one day no longer will have to explain what a Piada is. That day is fast approaching. The fast-casual Italian chain has built its brand in Columbus over the past five years and has been on a steady march to 22 restaurants today.   Customers have lined up at restaurant openings in Central Ohio, Cleveland,...

The Italian Film Festival returns to Indianapolis for a fourth year April 24 with a slate of six films running through May 3. Indianapolis is one of 12 cities around the nation hosting the Italian Film Festival USA. The festival is a collaboration between the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the De...

On a sunny afternoon, the Canal Walk at Michigan Street Downtown feels more like Italy than Indianapolis.   Two shiny, black gondolas sporting red brocade cushions stand docked by a sidewalk cafe, where waiters deliver Caprese salads and espressos. The gondolier sits among diners, his red-and-white-striped T-shirt as bright as a happy "Buon...

In its 4th year, The Italian Film Festival USA of Indianapolis from April 24 - May 3, 2015. Admission is free. Indianapolis residents can glimpse Italian culture through the local premieres of six current Italian films. The films, three dramas and three comedies, are shown in Italian with English subtitles and are open to the public. All movi...

by Mario Andretti   I won a world championship, four national championships, and a dirt track championship, but when I'm introduced, it's as the winner of the 1969 Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race defined my career and after 100 years it defines motor sports around the world.   Race fans can't wait to see the drama tha...

By James Glass The recent announcement that Milano Inn would close at the end of 2016 has drawn attention to the rich history represented by the restaurant, medications in business at 231 S. College Ave. since 1934. Irish Hill, diagnosis located south of Washington Street and east of East Street, was a neighborhood for immigrants in the 19th...

Joshua Poertner, the former technical director of Zipp Speed Weaponry, has purchased the legendary Italian pump brand, Silca, and plans to relocated the brand and all its production to Indianapolis. Silca SRL was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi in Milan, Italy. Felice's grandson Claudio Sacchi has run the company since 1989 and was affectiona...

Holy Rosary Catholic Church presents the ethnic event of the summer. Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m, the historic Catholic Church, located at 520 Stevens Street and surrounding Lacy park, will once again transform into an outdoor Italian Festival and celebration.   The annual s...