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Fra Noi produces a magazine and website that serve the Chicago-area Italian-American community. Our magazine offers our readers a monthly feast of news and views, culture and entertainment that keeps our diverse and widely scattered readers in touch with each other and their heritage. Our website offers a dizzying array of information drawn from every corner of the local community.

Community rallies around statue in Arrigo Park

During a typical summer, Carlo Vaniglia attends patron saint celebrations almost every weekend. With most of them cancelled due to the coronavirus, Vaniglia has hatched a groundbreaking way to spend his newfound free time. “I thought, ‘Why not gather in front of the Columbus statue in Arrigo Park to show our support for our monuments and answer questions people might have?’” Vaniglia explains. And so, Coffee With Columbus was born. Vaniglia has attracted groups of between 20 and 60 people each Sunday morning simply through word of mouth, and the feedback from passersby has been largely positive. “We’re not there ...

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Hardcore Italians helps Italy stay strong through fundraiser

When COVID-19 hit Italy hard in the early spring, Hardcore Italians founder Mike Carioscia Sr. knew he had to do something. “Having deep roots in Italy, our first thought was to help our people,” Carioscia says. The Italian pride products manufacturer sprang into action, rallying his staff to create the Italy Strong Charity Tee. “Warehouse manager Santo Munizzi recruited his sister BriElle to join our design team and bring our Italy Strong T-shirt alive,” Carioscia says. “Our event coordinator, Clare Bongiovanni, reached out to hospitals in Milan, Italian-American organizations and our business affiliates” in search of worthy beneficiaries. The company ...

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Alpine Country Club offers a family-friendly getaway

When a group of 20 Italian immigrants formed the Alpine Gun Club at English Lake, Indiana, in 1892, they had no way of knowing the legacy they were creating. Five generations later, the Alpine Country Club is celebrating its 92nd year as a peaceful, family friendly getaway in Round Lake, Illinois. “In our fast-paced society, we offer a place for families that is unparalleled: a special lakeside retreat with dining services, sleeping accommodations, and tremendous recreational and social opportunities in a secure, supportive environment,” club President Michael Auriemma. The private, member-owned nonprofit boasts a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse and five cottages spread ...

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Loyola announces fall Italian-American offerings

Carla Simonini, the Paul and Ann Rubino endowed associate professor of the Italian American Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago, has announced that three classes will be offered in the fall semester. Simonini will lead a comparative literature class titled “Italian and Italian-American Women Writers,” Pietro Lorenzini will offer a history class titled “Italian Americans in Popular Culture,” and Robert Lombardo will teach an online criminal justice course titled “Organized Crime.” (simonini@LUC.edu.)  

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Third generation joins Salvino team

Grace Salvino has joined the Salvino Wealth Management Team at William Blair Private Wealth Management. Grace is the daughter of Tom Salvino, who partners with his brother John and father, Al, to form the Salvino team. Grace is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in economics and was a member of the school’s varsity soccer team. She is now pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago. Grace will be assisting with research and financial reporting. She’ll also spearhead the team’s outreach to children and grandchildren of current clients and oversee charitable efforts.  

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Father-son duo named to Lawdragon list

The law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard has announced that Chairman and Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi and Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II have been selected to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America for the fourth straight year. Each year, Lawdragon selects a list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a process that includes research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Patrick A. Salvi founded Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard in Waukegan in 1982. The firm concentrates on personal injury, mass tort, medical ...

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Good Italian vibes

We’ve expanded the scope of Good Vibes to include Italy, America and anywhere else in world that Italians are sharing their passion and talents. This month, we’re featuring all the food websites spotlighted in the Online feature in our magazine. Next month, we’ll showcase language-learning websites. For good vibes between times, follow us on Facebook. Getting it right When Rosemary Molloy clicked on a website promising authentic Italian recipes, she said to herself, “No, that’s not right.” That moment back in 2013 inspired her to create her own site, “An Italian in My Kitchen.” Her first teacher was her Italian ...

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Frankie’s feeds the need at local hospital

Frank Conforti of Frankie’s Deli in Oakbrook Terrace and Dr. Tim Fendon of Good Advocate Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove have been friends since childhood. When coronavirus patients began pouring into the hospital’s emergency room, Conforti didn’t hesitate to lend a hand. “The day it started, Tim called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re all working 16-hour shifts, and we can’t leave. Can you drop off 20 lunches?’” Conforti says. “He offered to pay, but I said, ‘No way. With everything you’re doing for us, it’s the least I can do for you.’” The individually bagged lunches magically appeared, complete with ...

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Bartucci turns lemons into limoncello

Like every other local restaurant, BarTucci’s on Harlem Avenue has been hit hard by the pandemic. With business slowed to a crawl and inventory sitting in coolers, owner Gino Bartucci stepped out onto the street in mid-March with bagged lunches that he distributed for free to Chicago Streets and Sanitation workers. Bartucci has stayed afloat since then by selling meals to curbside customers. Meanwhile, he has broadened his generosity to embrace first responders and health care workers, as well as veterans and the homeless, bestowing more than 5,000 meals to date. “Our most important priority right now is taking care ...

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Old Neighborhood Club goes to bat for veterans

The Old Neighborhood Italian American Club takes Memorial Day very seriously.  On the last Monday in May, for 12 years running, members have faithfully gathered around the veterans’ fountain and monument in front of the Near South Side club for services that include a color guard, taps, and a wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremony. Unable to do so this year because of the lockdown, the club decided to pay its respects by providing the staff and residents at Hines VA Hospital with 100 free meals on the Friday before Memorial Day. Capri Ristorante in Burr Ridge was commissioned to prepare and ...

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