The festival celebrates Italian heritage, but there's something for everyone. Organizers like to say it's the weekend when everyone is a little Italian! On Wednesday, David Rizzo and Miss Festa 2015 Annmarie Newman stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event. The festival is a three-day event full of Italian food, live music, fol...

The IL/WI Grand Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America held its 46th biennial convention in June. Elected to the Grand Council were Marie Marsalli, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; Maria Mancini, second vice president; Richard Della Croce, immediate past president; James LasCola, orator; Judith Simoni, recording secretary;  ...

by Tiler Dunne   Inside this cafe off North Broadway, nobody recognizes Giorgio Tavecchio. At Green Bay's Kavarna Coffeehouse, he sips coffee, reads books on faith, on psychology and relaxes between practices.   As the visits mounted and Tavecchio became a regular, two employees began to wonder. The tan skin. The hidden accent. They c...

Pomodoro Italian restaurant is open in the one-time Black & Tan building at 101 Ft. Howard Ave., De Pere.   Restaurant owners Jerry and Mia Clearwater have extensive experience operating Italian restaurants in New York, Maine, Tennessee, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Their last restaurant was in Reedsburg. Jerry Clearwater is Italian an...

by Joe Potente   One of Kenosha's most recognizable native sons, Al Molinaro, died Friday at 96. Molinaro's son, Michael Molinaro, said his father died at a California hospital, ending a decline that stemmed from a gallbladder infection a few months ago. Known for his TV roles as drive-in owner Al Delvecchio on "Happy Days" and Mur...

The last day in business for Totero's, a 75-year-old Italian restaurant in Racine, will be June 26. The Italian-American restaurant, still in the century-old building at 2343 Mead St. where Achille Totero founded it, now is operated by the third generation: his grandchildren Albert Totero and Albert's sister, Angela Totero.   Albert Totero...

Ambassador Cladio Bisogniero will arrive in Madison, Wisconsin on the evening of November 30, and will be greeted by the Consul General of the Chicago Consulate Office and members of the Italian Workmen's Club of Madison (IWC). The IWC is coordinating the Ambassodor's visit.   On Monday, December 1st, the Ambassador will have breakfast at th...

Tucked inside the Old World Wisconsin-like Stonewood Village in Brookfield is a cozy Italian restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizzas. Still the most common style of pizza in Italy, Neopolitan pies are the godfather of American pizza as we know it today. Everything from national chains to Maria's and Ian's are descendants of Neapolitan pizzas. T...

Recenly Al Rolandi, the president of WisItalia, contacted Richard Gollnick and Pete Feira, the Green Bay Wisitalia reps, to discuss a very exciting upcoming event.   Each year WisItalia has an Awards banquet to honor an Italian Teacher of the year and to give other awards for outstanding achievements in promoting Italian in Wisconsin. This...

by Rex Davenport   If you have always wanted to look like an Italian movie star — scarf trailing behind you as you tool around town in your red two-seater convertible — your dream may be closer to reality. Your Alfa Romeo sports car will be waiting for you at a local dealership.   Palmen Auto Stores is one of a small group of dealersh...