The Columbus Day Parade is returning to the streets of Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 11. The parade is coming back after a 2020 hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will feature elaborate floats, marching bands, local artifacts and city leaders. It will be held along Mayfield and Murray Hill roads. After the parade, at...

An Italian American author and a famed Italian American performer are to be recognized as two of Cleveland’s notable “Past Masters” in a year-long, citywide celebration organized by Cleveland Arts Prize in collaboration with the Cleveland History Center. Acclaimed novelist Michael DeCapite and singer/actress and comedienne Kaye Ballard (born Cather...

The Columbus Italian Festival at St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is back this year, with a few tweaks but most of the familiar favorites. Among the changes festival-goers can expect: Rather than the usual marching band parade, the festival has switched to a drumline competition this year.  “With COVID, and so many students close togeth...

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will be featured in a virtual program supported by the International Women’s Air & Space Museum and Loganberry Books. Cristoforetti, who is part of the European Space Agency, has written “Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut.” The Zoom program is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Cristoforetti, selected in the 2009 ESA as...

Just in time for the Italian American Heritage Month, Northeast Ohio is getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of The Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE). The opening exhibit, “Faith, Family, Ambition: The Italian Americans of Northeast Ohio” explores Italian immigration to Northeast Ohio and highlights the many positive contributio...

A love of the game and a desire to honor the memory of an Ashtabula woman was the motivation for 24 bocce teams that descended on the Sons of Italy early Saturday morning. The Columbus Avenue area was busy  as the Izzi Bocce Tournament got underway at 9 a.m. at the Sons of Italy and fall softball was playing next door at Massucci Field. "My mom [Lu...

Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, a Cleveland native who helped start a national dialogue on the role of the church in the city and guided Northeast Ohio Catholics through more than a quarter century, died Tuesday. Pilla, who was bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland from 1981 until his retirement in 2006, died at his home, the diocese confirmed in a statement...

“Fellini 101” has premiered at the Cinematheque, and its meaning is dual: It’s a crash course of master filmmaker Federico Fellini’s greatest hits, as well as a commemoration of his 101st birthday. Featuring brand new 4K restorations of all of his essential works and even a few deeper, more controversial cuts, the retrospective is a wonderful oppor...

Fazoli's, a QSR chain known for made-to-order Italian dishes and unlimited breadsticks, has opened in Zanesville, Ohio, according to a company press release. To celebrate, the brand hosted a grand opening at its restaurant, located at 2580 Maple Ave., on Sept. 7. The Fazoli's Zanesville team was joined by Area Supervisor Patrick Devine, Senior VP o...

LaRosa’s today announces its latest family recipes - Deluxe and Create Your Own pizzas -- made with new plant-based toppings that taste remarkably similar to LaRosa’s family recipe pizzas that its guests have enjoyed for nearly 70 years. LaRosa’s has been testing the pizzas with plant-based toppings in two Cincinnati-area pizzerias and incorporatin...