The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group (JVRG), which is Michigan owned and operated by the Vicari Family for over 30 years, announces the grand opening of their second Vito’s Bakery in Washington Township. The Grand Opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Vito’s Bakery is located at 7839 26 Mile Rd. Wash...

Do you want to experience the “real Italy”? The popular Free Press Top 10 Takeover dining series is going global, building on culture and memories being shared at the dinner table among family and friends. This spring, the Detroit Free Press is looking to capture that feeling and is taking its popular Top 10 Takeover dining series global, heading t...

Upper Michigan Today takes its show on the road to downtown Negaunee to check out the current status of an upcoming Italian restaurant. In the spirit of good food, Tia Trudgeon and Elizabeth Peterson get into a heated debate about what is and isn’t a sandwich. Plus, Trudgeon tests Peterson’s knowledge of Italian food names pronunciation. Can you sa...

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly called on nations to mark January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 2023 marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945.  The Consulate of Italy in Detroit and the Dante Alighieri So...

Even though pizzas were introduced two years ago, they are still considered new at Scali Ristorante in Reynoldsburg. Frank Scali, who owns the restaurant at 1903 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road with his wife, Judy, has kept the menu pretty much the same since it opened nearly 30 years ago. “It’s consistent, the same thing all time,” Scali said. The fam...

If one of your goals for the winter is getting cozy and having fun experiences, you can join us in being intrigued by Northern Michigan’s newest pop-up restaurant - and its tempting menu. Bella Sorpresa - which means “Beautiful Surprise” - is the new Italian dining experience open just for the season at The Highlands of Harbor Springs. The four-sea...

Members of the Downriver Italian American Club are looking forward to another year of fellowship and with new officers at the helm. On Dec. 11, club members gathered at the Bentley Banquet Center in Wyandotte for the group’s annual Christmas party where they enjoyed a nice meal and music provided by Marelli Productions. The evening festivities bega...

The Christmas season is generally considered a happy time of year. In the Copper Country, though, that happiness is tempered by memories of a long-ago tragedy. One hundred nine years ago tomorrow, striking copper miners were holding a Christmas Eve party for children on the upper level of the Italian Hall in Calumet.  As more than 400 people packed...

A new Italian restaurant in Roseville is planning to open Jan. 3, 2023. Joe's Italian Grill announced the opening on its Facebook page. It will fill the former Noni's Grill space at 28560 Gratiot Ave.   The restaurant hasn't released its menu yet, but it did say that alcohol won't be served at the grand opening, as it is waiting for its liquor lice...

After four weeks, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees has again designated its paid holiday for township employees on the second Monday in October as Columbus Day. The latest switch came at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting, effectively reversing a name change for the October holiday on the 2023 employee calendar from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples...