After 10 years of earning his chops in New York City, chef Matthew Phelan has returned home to open his own restaurant. Phelan has opened Novella Osteria, a rustic Italian restaurant, at 170 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. “I want to be a neighborhood restaurant,” said Phelan, who grew up in Dublin. “I want to be completely genuine. The food speaks for...

As the holidays are right around the corner, many are looking for that perfect family gathering spot where they can safely sit down, catch up with loved ones, and enjoy an affordable yet delicious meal. Well, the wait is almost over as Rodi Italian, located in Historic Downtown Loveland at 115 Karl Brown Way, is set to have its soft opening in Dece...

Leo's Italian Social will open a location at Crocker Park in 2021. Owned and operated by the Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, Leo's Italian Social is designed to be the center of a community. The restaurant offers Italian-inspired food and crafted cocktails, with house-infused vodkas, bourbons and whiskeys. The restaurant will also have bocce ball c...

Frankie Restifo, known to Clevelanders as "Uncle Frankie," is retiring from Gust Gallucci Italian Foods after working at the business for more than half a century. “We never thought this day would come, but tomorrow, after working with three generations of the Gallucci family, at 93 years old, Uncle Frankie is retiring. Whether through pandemic, de...

With no Reds fans allowed at Great American Ball Park in 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, LaRosa’s Family Pizzerias changed its long-running fan favorite ‘Strikeouts for Slices’ promotion to ‘Strikeouts for Cincy’. Instead of giving away free pizza, LaRosa’s contributed $1,000 to the Reds Community Fund every time a Reds pitchers struck...

James Vincent Clemente was born on February 26, 1920 in Akron, Ohio, to Francesco and Vita Clemente in the all-Italian neighborhood of North Hill. He grew up there until graduating from North High School. Before going off to serve, he got married and had a son. He was inducted into the service in the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 9, 1942. He served...

When people we love and admire pass from this earth, invariably we remember first how they were as a person, the lives they touched, and not the worldly things they've amassed. How can I adequately describe this special human being; selfless, humble, wise, quiet man of a few words who had a passion for helping others. A generous heart, never seekin...

The Conference of Presidents of the fifty largest and most influential Italian American organizations in the United States has unanimously elected Basil M. Russo to serve as the organization’s new president. The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, as the organization is officially known, is headquartered in New York Ci...

Marco’s Pizza today announces the official opening of its milestone 1,000th store in Kissimmee, Florida. The brand’s path to 1,000 stores charts an incredible journey – starting with an Italian founder, Pasquale Giammarco, and a dream of creating a pizza brand, to CEO Jack Butorac who discovered a wonderful growth opportunity, to the immigrant entr...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States