Two brothers and longtime doctors in Kenosha were hailed Sunday as pillars of the community. Dr. Alfred John Capelli, a family physician, and Dr. Paul A. Capelli, a retired obstetrician, were honored by the Italian American Society at its 93rd annual Columbus Day Banquet. Steven R. Torcaso, the group’s president, called the brothers “two distinct”...

Milwaukee County joins nearly two dozen U.S. communities in a growing national trend to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the same date each year as Columbus Day. "I'm incredibly proud that Milwaukee County is officially recognizing and appreciating the contributions of native thought, culture, and technology in our society," County Executive Chr...

Italian Immersion Day (Student Culture Day) 2017 was a huge success! Kids enjoyed themselves immensely! Thanks to all who sponsored this event and volunteered to make this day possible! WisItalia's very own Lucia Soldati is our newest addition to this fabulous event! Grazie Mille! Our visiting school was Academy of Accelerated Learning from Milwauk...

For more than 60 years, the "little pink church" was the spiritual heart of Milwaukee's Italian community. But the church — Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, 419 N. Jackson St. — was also in the path of "progress," a dangerous place to be in Milwaukee in the 1960s.  Built in 1904, the church was the center of Italian Catholic life in the T...

Madison has lost some noteworthy Italian restaurants in the 11 years that Osteria Papavero has been open: Nostrano, Peppino’s, Bellini, Gino’s. The last three were operated by members of one family of brothers, in a beautifully Italian kind of way. But Francesco Mangano’s Osteria Papavero has been there through it all, quietly seated in a commuter-...

Overcast weather did not overshadow Hurley's Festival Italiano Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people gathered on Silver Street to celebrate Italian heritage despite the clouds. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament and human foosball tournament, following the two-mile Dago Dash, kicked the festivities off. Beginning at 11 a.m. the craft show started fe...

Dining out is a different experience than eating at home. But a unique restaurant that serves its food family-style captures the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering. Buca di Beppo opened in 2014 and is in the Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., Greendale. The restaurant's name loosely translates to "Joe's Basement," stemming from it...

Caterina’s doesn’t announce itself from the street with its small parking lot on Oklahoma Avenue, its unobtrusive entrance, and its location in the outer reaches of West Allis. For people who love traditional Italian cuisine, it’s the real deal, not to be confused with Olive Garden or Buca di Beppo. They don’t serve froufrou food, just authentic ho...

To this day, Ida Alia still remembers the moment she saw the Statue of Liberty from the New York Harbor while coming to America from Italy in 1960. Alia and her family of nine spent a total of 10 days on a boat coming to America. They came looking for better opportunities. “When I saw the Statue of Liberty from that boat I became so excited beca...

The 39th annual Roma Lodge Italian Festival returns to Paul P. Harris Rotary Park, 5 Fifth St., Friday through Sunday, July 28-30. This year’s festival again features traditional Italian foods, entertainment and family fun. To show gratitude for the 39 years of support by the community, Roma Lodge will again present fireworks at approximately 10 p...