Some things seem to just get better and better over the years. If you ask Ann Romano about one of those things, she's likely to mention The Taste of Italy. After all, she has been planning the event for the Italian Community Center (ICC) for 19 of its 20 years. "It's always a packed house," Romano tells me. "People know that they should g...

After successful visits to the New York tri-state area this past February, and to southern California in April, two important relics of St. Anthony of Padua are returning to the United States for a nine-day tour of Illinois and Wisconsin. The event, organized by the Messenger of St. Anthony magazine directed by the Franciscan Friars of the Pontific...

by Samara Kalk Derby   Grampa's Pizzeria on Willy Street is one of Madison's best new restaurants. And now another grandfatherly spot, Nonno's — that's grandpa in Italian — could also be a contender for that title. Nonno's Ristorante Italiano, which opened Dec. 2 on Madison's West Side, might have seemed an unlikely prospect because it...

By Lori Fredrich A new Bay View restaurant, Santino's Little Italy, will officially open to the public on Friday, Jan. 20 at 352 E. Stewart St. The cozy Italian restaurant is a collaboration between owners Greg Huber, Santo Galati and Nick Anton, longtime co-owner of La Perla Mexican restaurant in Walker's Point. And it's been a long time com...

What started as an Italian American woman spending Christmas gatherings learning about Italian history may just evolve into helping others learn about various cultures on television through puppets.   Madison resident Kate West, using a puppet called La Befana, hopes to share Italian culture and other traditions with wider audiences through...

When Milwaukee's Italian community read the news that a group of Americans – including many prominent city residents – would protest Italian intervention in Spain outside the Italian Consulate in June 1937, it must have awaited the event with at least some trepidation.   After all, although American relations with Italy had not been bad over...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition has added Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Foods to its "Wall of Shame". Johnsonville Foods has been singled out for continuing to air a commercial for its 'Family Brats' that features a character resembling Tony Soprano. The spot depicts a family barbeque and is riddled with worn out organized crime refere...

The Italian Business and Professional Association will honor five successful Kenosha residents of Italian descent at its annual banquet this month. Rose Marie "Cookie" DelConte, Louise Mattioli, Dr. John Rende and Dr. James and Geraldine "Geri" Santarelli will be honored at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Italian American Club...

by Rick Rodriguez   On my many visits to the east side, I've driven past the intersection of Weil and Locust. I've noticed a pizzeria there before, but a few months ago, I noticed a name change.   Antonio "Tony" Balsamo opened Antonio's Pizza, 1000 E. Locust St., around two months ago. He and his family have plenty of experience in th...

Parma is a new locally owned Italian farm-to-table restaurant that makes its debut Monday at 3775 W. College Ave. in Grand Chute.   The building it took near U.S. 41 was originally built as an O'Charley's restaurant. Parma's owner, Marc Waltzer, purchased the building last fall. Between the real estate and renovation, he said it was a multim...