Husband and wife Marc and Mary Ann Bellazzini are vegetable farmers, sheep raisers, wine and vinegar makers, cooks, restaurant owners, farm stay hosts and parents to two boys. They do a little bit of everything. “And a whole lot of nothing,” Mary Ann Bellazzini says. What she means is that she and Marc Bellazzini first took the leap into second car...

Sunday, March 15, 2020 -11:30am – 5:30pm. Serb Hall | 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI. Buy Tickets Now! Pasta Fest is a family friendly event featuring a great pasta meal, with sauce from Milwaukee favorite Barbiere’s Italian Inn. Homemade Italian-style all-beef meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages round out the meal. There ar...

When Gianni Toffolon started making cheese, it was because he needed a job. He knew after his first batch that making cheese was more than a job. Toffolon considers cheese an art, and it is his lifelong passion. He’d never even heard of Wisconsin when he came from Italy in 1979 to work as a cheesemaker at BelGioioso Cheese in the Green Bay area. Fo...

When a restaurant has been around as long as The Red Mill inn & Pizza, 1005 S. Elm Grove Rd. in Brookfield, memories practically seep from the walls. "My grandmother used to live a couple of blocks from here, and she always told stories about how they'd line up down the street for the Friday fish fry," says Mark Zierath, who purchased The Red Mill...

Brother Samuel Mazzuchelli was glad to leave New York City. The 22-year-old Italian Dominican had grown up in the neighborhood around Milan’s great cathedral and had seen Europe’s most beautiful cities from Rome to Paris, but the New York of 1828, growing grand on the spoils of westward expansion and the labor of poor immigrants, had convinced him...

An Italian wine festival complete with vintners, a tasting of Spanish wines and other seminars are coming up at Waterford Wine & Spirits on the east side. Vino della Grazia, the Italian Wine Festival — Winemakers representing wines from across Italy will be at the festival. Among the wine estates represented will be Azienda Agricola Silvio Grasso, ...

Paul Loparco has been elected president of the Illinois-Wisconsin Grand Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. A member of OSDIA since 1999, Loparco served as trustee, vice president and president of Leone D’Oro Lodge #2700 before ascending to the state presidency. “It’s a big step for me and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m certa...

BB’s On North, a new pizza restaurant in the old Irie Zulu building at 7237 W. North Ave., is set to open this month.  The restaurant, which was originally to be called Cello's Pizza, will provide dine-in, take-out and delivery pizza and pasta along with a selection of wines.  Brothers Pietro and Mario Balistreri, who are both second-generation piz...

If you're worried about the delicious Palermo Villa pizza disappearing when Divino Wine and Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., closes on Jan. 31, you can rest easy, say new owners Peter Dietrich and Derek Nackers. "One of the conditions that we put into our agreement is that we were going to get the Palermo Villa recipe for the pizza," says Dietrich, "the...

Felice Glorioso has worked his entire life at the family business, Glorioso’s Italian Market, 1011 E. Brady St., and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He learned meat cutting from his mother, Mary, and the produce and Italian food business from his dad, Joe, and his brothers, Ted and Eddie. There were tiny detours along the way — a brief time auto...