Festa Italia will have to wait until next year to make its comeback. Organizers announced the annual festival will be canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic. Club president David Rizzo said they hoped to bring it back this year but “[u]nfortunately, ours will be one of the many festivals and community celebrations...

Portillo’s is hoping to open its second Madison location sometime later this year. We first reported the new location, which will be near West Towne Mall, in December 2020 after Portillo’s executives filed paperwork with the city of Madison. On Thursday, the company sent a news release about the West Towne location indicating it would open sometime...

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is very pleased to celebrate Maria Silva, Italian Minor in RCS, for her fully-funded acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. Program in Italian. This program is notable for having a large focus on interdisciplinary studies, i.e. bridging art history with Italian language and culture,...

Tomaso’s Restaurant, celebrating 45 years in business this year, has been a Cedarburg landmark since 1976 when Ray Thomas bought it from the DiQuardo family. Now retired, Ray’s son, Scott Thomas, and daughter, Nicole Thomas, run the place together with help from family and children, their dependable employees, and occasional help. The original buil...

William A. Jennaro was a lawyer, judge and storyteller, a Milwaukee original who grew up on the city's near south side, remained close to his roots and devoted years to helping cultivate the Italian Community Center. Beyond his love of family and respect for the law, he also had a passion for playing gin rummy with friends. For more than 40 years,...

Festa Italiana has been canceled for 2021. The Italian Community Center Board Directors made the announcement Friday, Feb. 26.  According to a news release, planning and preparations were on track to proceed with this year’s festival, however, due to the circumstances associated with COVID-19, the directors deemed it the best course of action to ca...

2021 marks a milestone for Glorioso’s Italian Market, 1011 E. Brady St., which has officially been a Milwaukee  staple for 75 years. In celebration of their semi-sesquicentennial – and to thank the community for their years of support – the East Side grocer has planned a year-long series of events and promotions, which will kick off with a celebrat...

The dining room at Café La Bellitalia on North Sherman Avenue has been closed since Gov. Tony Evers’ original “Safer at Home” order went into effect in March. Joe Pipitone, 36, who helped his parents, Pietro, 61, and Josephine Pipitone, 58, open the restaurant in 2006, said he gets lots of calls, as well as people walking in, wanting to eat inside...

Wisconsin’s new libero Giorgia Civita is no stranger to big changes. A native of Milan, Italy, Civitia Civita tore her ACL while still in Italy, and was thinking of what the next move might be. Her brother, Luca, had friends who had gone to the US on athletic scholarships before, and felt that would be a way to help Civita get back to playing at a...

Don’t expect to get mango-salsa pizza or one with a hot dog-stuffed crust at De Pere newest pizza joint. The owners of Strada Pizzeria, 109 N. Broadway, focus on the kind of pizza found in southern Italy: an old-world recipe based on simple ingredients sourced locally, whenever possible, and direct from Italy when not. As former residents of “bel p...