In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

The 122nd Feast of the Assumption brought out the crowds back to Little Italy. The hustle and bustle returned to the neighborhood after the iconic parade was cancelled last year because of COVID-19 concerns. Gracco Dan told 19 News the feast holds a special place in his heart. “Actually use to come out here with my mom and dad when we were growing...

Ninety-one years have passed since ISDA was founded, 45 National Biennial Conventions have been held, and in 2021 we’re proud to say that Italian Sons and Daughters of America is stronger and more influential than ever. The latest ISDA National Convention was held this past week in Cleveland, Ohio at the Downtown Hilton, and a rich slate of events...

Back in March, the Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival board decided to go forward this year’s event. President Carole Ficeti said, “We decided let’s go ahead and plan for it. That’ll be easier than waiting and planning at the last minute. That’s turned out to be the right choice. If we’d waited, we would have been a little behind on stuff.”...

You cannot mention “Rocky Colavito” without using the word “beloved” in the same sentence. It just isn’t done. Tuesday, when a statue of the – yes, beloved - Indians slugger was unveiled in Tony Brush Park in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood, the respect fans have long held for Colavito rang out. And it was mutual.  “As I’ve said, and I’ll say...

A life-size statue of Tribe legend Rocky Colavito is set to be dedicated on Tuesday in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood at Tony Brush Park. Colavito, a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame who is also an Italian American icon, will be in attendance for the statue unveiling, which also serves as a celebration of his 88th birthday.  “It’...

ISDA, one of the country’s largest and most influential Italian American organizations, is holding its National Convention in Cleveland from Aug. 7-11 at the Downtown Hilton hotel. Hundreds of ISDA delegates from around the country are attending.  U.S. Congressman Tom Suozzi, of New York, will be the keynote speaker at the Convention’s opening lunc...

What are the Guardians of Traffic? The Guardians of Traffic are eight large figures sculpted on four Berea sandstone pylons on the Hope Memorial Bridge, formerly Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two sets of Guardians face the east and the other two sets face the west. The artistic style can be described as transitional, between a stylize...

Cafe Piccolo, a popular Italian restaurant in Avon, closed its doors after three years at the start of the pandemic. Another business, Flair 22, announced plans soon after to take the space over but never made it to opening day. In January, Heck’s owner Fadi Daoud signed the lease and spent the next six months updating the space in advance of openi...

The organizers of the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest believe in tradition. In a year when they had less time to plan than usual, that’s a good thing, according to chairman John Rossetti. “We didn’t get the OK until the beginning of June, but we started planning in March, April and May to get it done correctly. That’s where we’re at with it. Slowly...