David is on the move. The statue, that is. A full-sized replica of Michelangeo's "David" statue has been featured at Festa Italiana for years. Thursday, it took a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum. "We (have to) get him out of here," said Dean Cannestra, of the Italian Community Center. He and his crew loaded David onto a truck to be part of an exh...

By Bill Glauber   Mario Carini was the unofficial historian of Milwaukee's Italian-American community. He was a retired schoolteacher who spent months poring through records in reference libraries. He was the man families entrusted with their precious, vintage black-and-white photos of people and places long gone yet lovingly remembered...

by Terry Flores   Michael Pitts Sr. said he has been "lucky" to have the life he has been blessed with whether by accident or even by reeling it in. On Sunday, Pitts was honored as the Italian American Society's "Man of the Year" at its annual Columbus Day banquet held Sunday night before more than 300 people in attendance.   Pit...

By Heather Ronaldson   The ornate marble work they produced distinguished Milwaukee's first Italian immigrants from other ethnic groups in the city. So did their unification under Festa Italiana in 1978 — the city's first ethnic festival on the Summerfest grounds. This citywide Italian family reunion at the lakefront keeps getting bigger and...

We are Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. We are also known as and the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's Italian Area Interest Group.   An opportunity for you to learn and to search for your relatives will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 starting at 1:00 p...

Gina Madrigrano Friebus recalled the hard work of parents and the life lessons that helped her become a successful businesswoman during Sunday's Columbus Day banquet.   Friebus, a Kenosha native and second-generation Italian American, is one of only two women to be honored by the Italian American Society in the 43-year history of the award....

Fans of literary fiction know Chicagoland's Mary Doria Russell as the author of the critically-acclaimed and much-loved (by book clubs and fiction fans) novel "The Sparrow."   Her latest novel, "A Thread of Grace," is based on the true experiences of many Jews in Italy during World War II. During that time, many Jews fled other European coun...

by Neil Heinen Despite the influence of Italian immigrants here in Wisconsin, and especially here in Dane County, and a significant trade relationship, no Italian Ambassador to the United States had ever visited Wisconsin. Until this month. It went largely un-noticed, and that's too bad because it's important. Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero not on...

by Matt Mueller   When Festa Italiana opens this Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park, many will flock down to the lakefront to gulp down some authentic Italian food and wine. Yet some of the most revered tastes of Italian culture coming to town this weekend are wholly inedible: the lovingly crafted and almost identical replicas of the countr...

By David Luhrssen With its secluded booths and Sinatra tunes on the stereo, Catarina's Ristorante (9104 W. Oklahoma) is a great place for a date. The kitchen is leisurely, meaning the preparation is fresh, and the portions are ample. The filet melts in your mouth, the various Italian-style chicken dishes are flavorful, and on Fridays, this legacy...