On the heels of another disappointing season, Mark Dantonio seems to be on shaky ground at Michigan State. Not in the eyes of Tom Izzo, who made a passionate defense for Dantonio during an interview Tuesday with the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.  "The haters are gonna hate, that’s about as normal as you can get. If you look at his recor...

Bar Verona, an intimate Italian restaurant/bar from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, Saturday is scheduled to open the doors to its new northern Macomb County on Saturday. The 4,000-square-foot, 84-seat eatery is located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 27 Mile Road in Washington Township. An outdoor patio will open in the spring. It's the latest restaura...

Laura De Marchi and Olivia Ghormley of the Michigan Tech volleyball team were named All-Region by two different organizations on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Both juniors were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA). De Marchi earned AVCA All-Midwest Region honors for th...

Louis G. Piancone, 90, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at his home in Gladstone. He was born in Corato, Bari, Italy, on Jan. 1, 1929, immigrated to the United States in 1951, and became a U.S. citizen in 1957. In 1955, he achieved his personal objective of owning and succeeding in his own business by opening a delicatessen in Bra...

True steak houses, not those with minor menu mention, have again hit the taste buds of many restaurant patrons … Not that steak sales are down, but dining spots that concentrate on them seem to give the meat added attention. Like two that opened in this area and are making their presence known … Johnny’s Italian Steakhouses, Farmington Hills (Hamil...

It was the worst Saturday I had worked in a long time. I was two and a half hours out of town working in Grand Rapids. I was alone, and the customer flow was so high I never got a chance to take a lunch. By the time my shift was done, I was famished. I got some good food ideas from the customers, but one suggestion stood out to me: Pietro’s Italian...

At the dawn of this century, Detroit looked for inspiration to other cities that had managed dramatic comebacks after years or decades of decline. Berlin, Germany, was one. Bombed to ashes by the Allies during World War II, Berlin had re-emerged as one of the great capitals of Europe. And another inspiration was Turin, Italy, or Torino as the Itali...

Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour returns to Detroit! Join us on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Detroit Film Theatre.  Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems: newly restored classics enjoying their second life, rarities from world film...

“I’m going to tell you, like, the true story. Nobody got the story right yet. We haven’t told any press this whole thing yet,” said Ian Lafkowitz, co-owner of Joe’s Pizza (all five New York City locations and the new Ann Arbor one). This is just what I hoped would happen — just like the pizza, I’d come to Joe’s in search of the true authenticity I...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Things are going great here at We the Italians: another month full of wonderful things happened and news to be announced. Last October 25th I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019. Once again Delfina Licata and her team have put together an e...