As soon as the July Fourth Weekend passes, church festival starts up. That’s how it worked in Kenosha, year after year — and spaghetti dinner after spaghetti dinner. Then 2020 happened, and COVID-19 restrictions shut down church festival season. This summer, a few parishes will again be hosting festivals, but up first this weekend is a festival rep...

Barbara Nicolini moved with her family to the United States from the Province of Milano, Italy, in 2013 with aspirations of opening an authentic Italian bakery in her new home in Brookfield. Barb and I went back and forth on FB Messenger about how she made her dream come true. This is Barbara Niciolini's story. "I am excited that Ethan chose to spr...

Barbara Nicolini is channeling the smells and tastes of her Milanese childhood ahead of her at-home bakery’s grand opening on July 1. She wants to bring the delicacies of Italy to her Connecticut home. The Brookfield resident, who moved from Milan, Italy, eight years ago with her husband and young son, has decided to start her own business after ye...

A purple Italian food truck that lets customers order their favorite pasta dishes on the go has collected a following throughout central Wisconsin. Purple Basil food truck owners Taylor Okerlund and Carolina Corral are both military veterans who dreamed of running a business. Between the two, they have 13 years of experience in the military, both a...

If you're going to call yourself an Italian restaurant, you have to know the language, though for the guests themselves the menu items can sometimes be, well, difficult to pronounce. You know you're in an authentic place when the staff verbally breezes through the menu with ease and doesn't dumb it down. Traditional Italian restaurants have a bit m...

Capri Communities’ newest community in Milwaukee’s historic Italian-American neighborhood cost $28.9 million — but the price tag on the land was just $1. St. Rita Square, a 118-unit building offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, opened in July 2020 and occupancy is currently at 70% and climbing, Founder and Principal Jim Tar...

Anna (aka Nonna) Rondinelli and Joe (aka Papa Joe) Micheli launched the Amore de la Cucina food truck in 2018, offering a range of Italian-American traditional favorites to diners at festivals and other events. “We have been together for over eight years,” says Micheli. “We both love cooking and have cooked for family and friends most of our adult...

A new Italian-style coffee bar plans to open in Wauwatosa Village. Bill Haley, Tommy Orlando and Tommy Orlando Jr. plan to open Vendetta Coffee Bar at 7613 W. State St. in place of Del Monte Bar. The bar will serve Italian-style espressos and cappuccinos along with a homemade blend espresso that Orlando built. Wine and local beers on tap will be se...

A new destination for Italian cuisine will soon be opening in downtown Green Bay. Mangiare, a sister restaurant of Republic Chophouse, will open on July 8 and is located at 121 North Adams Street. The location was previously the site of the Candlestick Lounge. Officials say that Mangiare (pronounced man-JHAH-ree) is slightly different in that it is...

If you love speaking Italian and have experience teaching in an elementary school, consider joining our team. This is your chance to share the gift of the Italian language with the youth of Milwaukee! Contribute your talents to help build one of a select few Italian Immersion schools in the country. Qualifications - Elementary Education Teaching Li...