There's an old Italian proverb that reads: Un buon vino, un buon uomo e una bella donna dura poco. (literally translated: A good wine, a good man and a good woman don't last long) Ultimately, if you're American, it's a fancy way of saying "every good thing comes to an end" – which is one of those statements that's both sad and true. And for me...

The city and Dane County are considering a historic former church that now houses an Italian restaurant three blocks from Capitol Square for a long-sought homeless day shelter, officials confirmed on Wednesday.   City and county officials have already done a "walk through" of the Bellini Italian Restaurant and the county is conducting a feas...

Exploring Contemporary Cultures Through Art – that's what a group of University of Wisconsin-Platteville students did during their recent Winterim. Funded in part by the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement, the short-term, faculty-led study abroad program partnered with the Istituto Pontificio Sant'Apollinare in Rome, Italy to give stu...

by Jack Fennimore   The usual sea of people flooded the lanes of the Henry Maier Festival Park on Sunday, chowing down on fried foods and guzzling beer. It's summer in Milwaukee and that means another sunny afternoon of festivities at the festival. But this time, a recreation of the Trevi Fountain and Michelangelo's David greeted festival go...

Italy. Glasgow. Milwaukee. Together, the cities make for an interesting diversity of geographic points, and they all come together via Milwaukee Art Museum's current exhibition: Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums. Included are a variety of stylistic periods, from the Renaissance to Realism, explored with an inh...

You know about Festa Italia, the annual celebration of Italian American culture in Fitchburg. But you may not know that the group behind the celebration, the Italian Workmen's Club of Madison, is the longest consistently running club of its kind.   It's been in existence since 1912. Other Italian Workmen's Clubs in the U.S. suspended op...

New cannoli eating contests, the return of a kids' pizza-making contest and Chef's Choice Recipe Contest, chef demonstrations, wine tasting and a variety of new vendor foods all will await hungry visitors July 17 to 19 at Festa Italiana, known as much for its food as anything else, at the Summerfest grounds. The Cannoli Championship Showdown at 3:...

Hosting over 30 acts, Festa Italiana is this summer's destination for Italian entertainment – and more! Ranging from traditional Italian music and opera, to Italian pop and new takes on the classics, jazz and even rock-and-roll, this year's festival will have festivalgoers off their feet and singing, "It feels good to be Italian."   For this...

Club ItaloAmericano of Green Bay recently hosted the 10th annual WisItalia Awards Banquet, where the local club was honored for promoting events that encourage Italian heritage in the greater Green Bay area.   Lisa Joy Meli, Italian language teacher at Preble and East high schools was presented with the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award, and ch...

by Laura Peters   A new heating, ventilating and air conditioning company has opened its doors in Verona, the first U.S.-based plant for an Italian company. The Italy-based Provides invested $6.1 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation, Provides US, Inc., which added 18 jobs.   As the facility continues to ram...