Great Italian food has always been a cornerstone of Festa Italiana, making it one of Milwaukee’s favorite festivals. This year, Festa enthusiasts will be able to preview their favorite dishes before the gates open for Festa Italiana. On Restaurant Tuesday, happening Tuesday, July 18, participating vendors will offer dining previews of their forthco...

When it comes to summer church festivals, longevity and tradition matter. Just ask Tom Rizzo, the longtime festival chairman at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The parish is celebrating its 70th annual festival this weekend, and he couldn’t be prouder. “That’s a number we are very proud of — and longer than anyone around,” he said. “And i...

Raymond Mazzarelli passed away on June 18, 2017, in the comfort of his home. He was 89 years old. Ray was born on April 1, 1928, the son of Amedeo and Amalia (Copen) Mazzarelli. He received his education in Kenosha area schools and on July 19, 1947, at Holy Rosary Parish, he married childhood friend and Bradford HS class of 1946 sweetheart Lorraine...

Forty years ago, an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects came together in the Third Ward to celebrate Italian culture in what would become the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, this annual festival is known as Festa Italiana and this year marks its 40th Anniversary. The festival runs from July 21-23 at the Henry Maier Fes...

Significant upgrades are in the works for the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St., an entity which has only seen minor renovations since opening in 1990. The improvements are taking place beginning this month, thanks to capital investments from both the ICC itself and the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, which assumed responsibility for the...

Milwaukee’s venerable Festa Italiana will celebrate 40 years of family, fun and tradizione from July 21 to 23 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Headlining this year’s event are the Gin Blossoms; Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, star of Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent”; and the BoDeans, featuring 2012 “The Voice” finalist Nicholas David; Other acts i...

You can be the envy of Patrick Bateman who could never get a reservation at the fictitious Dorsia, the restaurant from the movie American Psycho from which a new Milwaukee restaurant got its name. The owners of Cataldo’s recently opened Dorsia as a thoroughly modern Italian restaurant, a place with lots of energy, creativity and an effortless cool...

Festa Italia returns to Fitchburg for another year of gelato, spaghetti, music and more. The festival began as an annual picnic for the Italian Workmen’s Club, who still host the event that has grown into a community tradition. For the Italian families who have relocated away from tight-knit neighborhoods, festival committee member Tony Bruno says...

Many years ago, to celebrate the arrival of spring, Greenbush neighborhood Italians marched behind their Italian band to the state Capitol to also pay tribute to Victorio Emanuel III, the king of Italy from 1900 to 1946. They were humble people, dressed in their finest with little children in tow for a time in their lives to remember forever. Celeb...

Vin Santo, a homey Italian restaurant owned by Gregg and Clarissa Edwardsen, has been open since 1998 at 7462 Hubbard Ave. in Middleton. The decor is classic small town Wisconsin (antlers on the walls, portrait of Frank Sinatra) and the menu is full of familiar Italian standards like bruschetta, caprese salad, linguine with pancetta and shrimp, and...