The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council is proud to announce the honorees for 2021 Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland, Ohio. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the City of Cleveland has enacted restrictions on the size of events which requires a limit...

Salvatore Carfagna has been slicing, unboxing and stacking since he was a teenager. “Knowing what the customer wants and how thin it is and how to slice the meat is ultimately the trick,” said Carfagna. And now as the director of marketing and advertising, he represents the fourth generation of the Carfagna family, a rich tradition that began with...

Local singer-songwriter Jim Scaparotti, who’s written songs for the past 30 years but has only recently begun recording, has assembled a group of veteran session players, artists and industry professionals to perform as part of his Jim Scaparotti and TINMAN Project. He says the pain of losing his grandson to a rare genetic disorder inspired him to...

This week, Eddie Tancredi opened ETalian in downtown Chagrin Falls. The restaurant’s name is a portmanteau that blends the chef’s initials with the featured cuisine. Unlike his previous restaurants, which include places like Adega downtown and Distill Table in Lakewood, this one is a hyper-focused fast-casual establishment that specializes in Naple...

This area prides itself on its Italian food, so having one restaurant win four of the five categories in an Italian sauce contest is impressive. It happened this past weekend at the Southern Park Mall. On Thursday, First News learned the secrets behind the sauces at Papa GeGe’s Italian Villa in Boardman. Papa GeGe is Eugene Razzano. “I’m making fet...

Brio Italian Grille has reopened at Legacy Village under new ownership. The restaurant – which Florida-based Earl Enterprises acquired in June 2020 – had closed in March 2020. Brio’s previous holding company, FoodFirst Global Restaurants, had shut down multiple locations as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday...

As festivals make their comeback, there’s one on Youngstown’s north side this weekend that may be small in size — running only about two blocks — but has a huge history and attracts quite the crowd. It was 30 years ago, the streets of Brier Hill neighborhood lit up for the first time with the Brier Hill Festival. “This was where the first Italian i...

Southern Park Mall in Boardman hosted a new Italian event Sunday night, bringing together restaurants in the Valley as well as the community. Ten local Italian restaurants brought their best to the first Sunday Sauce Showdown — a new event to determine who has the best sauce in the Valley. Restaurants have been busy preparing for the event. “We bro...

Smiling broadly, Francesco Scavello fixed fresh cups of cappuccino for a few of his teammates Friday afternoon then sat down at his dining room table, next to his wife, Debbie, to talk bocce. On Thursday, Scavello and his teammates — from both the Bocce Club and the Hilltop Social Club — will embark on a journey west to play in the 37th Annual Clev...

The Cleveland Cinematheque will celebrate Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini with its upcoming movie series “Fellini 101.” The series, set for much of September and October, is a part of the “Federico Fellini 100 Tour” in the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release. The tour marks what would have been Fellini’s 101st birthday (the filmmaker,...