A Century of Italian-American Life

Discover a Rockford-area church that’s been a sanctuary for the city’s Italian heritage, as it celebrates a proud century, and looks forward to the next.

Joe Marino: Spreading Holiday Joy for Nearly 50 Years

Rockford’s Fourth of July fireworks event isn’t the only celebration that bears Joe Marino’s fingerprints. For more than 50 years, he’s volunteered his time to support local traditions, from the Festival of Lights to Festa Italiana.

Vinny Vanucchi’s “Little Italy”

Italian Specialties
201 S. Main St., Galena, Ill.
(815) 777-8100

Cafe Calamari

Upscale/Italian. Extensive wine list
10 E. Geneva St., Williams Bay, Wis.
(262) 245-9665
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NWQ Video: Cannova’s Piano Master Jazzes Up Weekends

See how a world-class concert pianist brings his jazzy performances to this Freeport dining destination.

Fried Green Tomatoes

New American, traditional Italian
213 N. Main St., Galena, Ill.
(815) 777-3938
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Franchesco’s Ristorante

7128 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Ill.
(815) 229-0800
Sommelier, live entertainment, weddings, banquets, Sinatra Lounge, Benny’s Bar
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Cannova’s Pizzeria & Fine Italian Cuisine (Freeport)

1101 W. Empire St., Freeport, Ill.
(815) 233-0032
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Cannova’s Pizzeria (Galena)

247 N. Main St., Galena, Ill.
(815) 777-3735
Lunch, Dinner, Daily
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Sam’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

6075 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, Ill. (815) 877-2127
1031 Harlem Road, Machesney Park, Ill. (815) 633-2686
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