The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Festival Italiano event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This year’s celebration of Italian heritage will include a craft show, games for kids and live music. The festival is returning after it was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber of Commerce Director Rita Franzoi s...

Busiati. Spizzulus. Corzetti. Those are just some of the handmade Italian pastas that Petra Orlowski will sell at Semolina, a new shop slated to open soon at 2474 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. But that’s not all. Customers can expect pasta classes, weekly pasta specials and a curated selection of specialty food items to purchase and prepare at home. The sho...

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 Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders have been a force for fans of Italian motorcycles since the group’s formation in 1982. Though the focus is on Moto Guzzi, Ducati is also a favored brand and on the occasion of the club’s annual Rally and Ride, any brand is welcome. For that matter, you can be a member of the group no matter what brand(s) of bike you...

When Garibaldi Society member Paul Troglia went into the basement office of Club Garibaldi to look at a malfunctioning dehumidifier, he found a poster rolled up on the floor. Upon unrolling the crackled, damp, musty document, he discovered an honor roll of Bay View’s Italian Americans who joined the armed forces at the dawn of World War II. Many of...

Vino con Volo Bar and Italian Kitchen is now open for business in downtown West Bend and welcomes those with a hearty appetite. June 21 was the restaurant’s grand opening, and since then, business has been booming for Co-Owners Jeremy Hahn and Gary Bacon. They said there was a high demand for local Italian food because the only other Italian choice...

As soon as the July Fourth Weekend passes, church festival starts up. That’s how it worked in Kenosha, year after year — and spaghetti dinner after spaghetti dinner. Then 2020 happened, and COVID-19 restrictions shut down church festival season. This summer, a few parishes will again be hosting festivals, but up first this weekend is a festival rep...

Barbara Nicolini moved with her family to the United States from the Province of Milano, Italy, in 2013 with aspirations of opening an authentic Italian bakery in her new home in Brookfield. Barb and I went back and forth on FB Messenger about how she made her dream come true. This is Barbara Niciolini's story. "I am excited that Ethan chose to spr...

Barbara Nicolini is channeling the smells and tastes of her Milanese childhood ahead of her at-home bakery’s grand opening on July 1. She wants to bring the delicacies of Italy to her Connecticut home. The Brookfield resident, who moved from Milan, Italy, eight years ago with her husband and young son, has decided to start her own business after ye...

A purple Italian food truck that lets customers order their favorite pasta dishes on the go has collected a following throughout central Wisconsin. Purple Basil food truck owners Taylor Okerlund and Carolina Corral are both military veterans who dreamed of running a business. Between the two, they have 13 years of experience in the military, both a...