LaRosa’s and Freestore Foodbank launched an  8-week effort on April 12, created specifically to stock 60 school pantries in 20 counties throughout the Tri-State. As a celebration for the community, LaRosa’s held a free-pizza event earlier today to serve kids and staff of Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, as well as t...

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will debut “Youngstalia: Italian Foodways in the Mahoning Valley” in its monthly Bites and Bits of History online video presentation at noon on July 15. The program will explore the history of local Italian food, culture and traditions. The main presenter, Anthony Dion Mitzel, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of...

Joseph Carabelli was a self-made man, an Italian immigrant who built a successful business in Cleveland that contributed to the local arts scene in ways that are still evident today. Born in 1850 in Porto Ceresio, Italy, Carabelli was apprenticed to a stone cutter while a young man. In 1870 he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York Ci...

The St. Joseph Festival will bring great food and live music to Dover during the weekend of July 16 and 17. The annual event, which supports the ministries of St. Joseph Catholic Church on N. Tuscarawas Avenue, was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixth Street, next to the church, will be closed during the festival.  Sarah Sciarre...

Avon will soon be home to a new Italian restaurant concept created by the owner of the well-known Heck’s restaurant (Cleveland’s Ohio City and Avon locations). Antica Italian Restaurant + Bar will open soon (tentative date is July 12) in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Piccolo, 35568 Detroit Road. A restaurant called Flair 22 was originally pla...

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Christian Pietoso followed in the footsteps of his brother 35 years ago and was always excited about the possibility of his father immigrating to the United States. “They all sought an American dream and tried to do better for themselves and their families,” he learned the art of cooking while his father pursued his d...

The Lido Civic Club , at a reception held at the Kenwood Country Club, officially awarded $95,000 to 14 outstanding Italian American students from the Washington, DC area. The awards were presented by President Richard DiPippo, and Past President and former Scholarship Chair Francesco Isgro. Domenico Bellantone, the First Counselor of the Embassy o...

The 37th annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce is set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29. The competition-fest, which will be at Wickliffe Italian-American Club, 29717 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will feature 96 teams competing for more than $20,000 in prize money. Teams come from almost a dozen states and Canada. Top 16 finish in the money. In...

Roger J. Di Paolo, former editor of the Record-Courier who died Friday of Di Paolo chronicled the news of Portage County for 40 years beginning at the Record-Courier as a reporter in 1977 when he reported on the protests surrounding the construction of a building on land that intruded on the site where four students were killed on May 4, 1970. A Ro...

The Sons of Italy hosted the Special Olympics Bocce Tournament in Bellaire Saturday, Belmont County -- Tuscarawas County -- and Carroll County all had teams that came out to play, in addition to some Unified teams. After having to take a year off because of the pandemic, the athletes and organizers alike were excited to get together again -- and pl...