Columbus Day 2020 was particularly special for the Italian American community of Northeast Ohio.  On this day, the Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE) was established.  Hon. Basil M. Russo, National President of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and Hon. Deborah J. Nicastro, Board Chair of the Italian American Museum of Cleveland,...

Federico Foods isn’t a convenience store to stop by for a gallon of milk and a loaf of Wonder bread. This is a fourth-generation family owned local business offering authentic imported Italian foods, a tradition of more than 90 years. Faithful patrons know what’s there — everything from pasta, cheese, cured meats, olive oil, spices, and bread and r...

Luca and Lola Sema opened Luca Italian Cuisine in the Flats in 2013. Four years later, they expanded with Luca West in Westlake. Well, it’s four years later and, yes, a new restaurant is coming: Acqua di Luca, with plans to open around mid-May. The couple bought the former XO Prime Steakhouse in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic but didn’t have...

I don’t live anywhere near Bainbridge, so the inside of my car is a hot mess right now. That statement might not make a whole lot of sense until you, too, pick up a few pies from Pizzeria DiLauro, which opened mid-February in that sleepy little Geauga County township. The thought of letting those slices languish in their cardboard crypts for 25 min...

With over 90,000 local kids experiencing food insecurity, LaRosa’s has teamed up with long-time community partner Freestore Foodbank on a ten-week effort specifically to stock 60 school pantries in 20 counties throughout the Tri-State. A significant percentage of food-insecure children rely on free and reduced school meals, and for their families,...

Mazzone & Sons Bakery is closed after decades of baking fresh goods in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, as announced Thursday by another local business online. “It’s like we lost a friend,” Tony Campagna, who works at Gust Gallucci Italian Foods, a market that purchased baked goods from Mazzone’s for years, said. Gallucci’s published a Facebook post...

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 2021 Hall of Fame class. The list of inductees includes: Lynda Goodrich, Western Washington University; Dan Guerrero, UCLA; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University; Craig Littlepage, University of Virginia; Dave Roach, Fordham University; Cathie Schweitzer, Springfie...

The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will exhibit “Andrea Palagiano: Self Conscious” in Studio M from April 3-25. The exhibition reflects the relationship between introversion and projected self and the balance between personal identity and societal expectations. Palagiano, a Northeast Ohio artist, received a bachelor’s of fine arts in 2020 wit...

Everyone loves Lasagna, right? Now the tasty Italian dish is now just a click away and can be delivered right to your door! It’s tough to look at the COVID-19 Pandemic and come up with any positives. But if there is one, it’s Lasagna Love. The idea was baked up at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s the ultimate comfort food needed during this rath...

The fourth annual Best of Parma contest is in the books, with nearly 10,000 votes cast for the 2020 winners. “You can really tell the businesses that connect with their customers, because there was a strong outpouring of nominations for certain businesses,” said Best of Parma Director Chelsey Kovar, who not only owns All of Her Design, but was rece...