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2017

Basil Russo inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Basil Russo was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in front of 500 attendees on April 18, 2017. Several bus loads of Italian Club members and others attended the ceremony.

Read Basil's bio and see photos and videos from the induction ceremony

Basil Russo

Basil Russo giving his acceptance speech

Basil was inducted by his daughter Gabriella and son-in-law Joseph Rosalina.

Basil was inducted by his daughter Gabriella and son-in-law Joseph Rosalina

Basil Ruoos with his daughter Gabriella and son-in-law Joseph Rosalina

Basil Russo with his daughter Gabriella and son-in-law Joseph Rosalina

Click on the white arrow in the image below to watch the video of Basil Russo' induction. Make sure your speakers are on and you can make the video full screen once it begins by clicking the icon in the lower right corner.



See more from the 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions.


2016

Italian Heritage Month Kickoff at Cleveland City Hall

The 11th annual Italian Heritage Month kickoff event was held October 3, 2016 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Hundreds were on hand to honor 4 people/families for their contributions to their Italian heritage in Cleveland.

Basil Russo, Pamela Dorazio Dean and Matt Zone

Basil Russo, Pamela Dorazio Dean and Matt Zone


Photos and videos from Italian Heritage Month event


Defense of Columbus Day by Basil Russo

Basil M. Russo is the National President of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America. Russo spoke at the celebration of the beginning of Italian Heritage Month in the rotunda of Cleveland's City Hall. He told of the importance of Columbus Day and how some groups mischaracterize the meaning of Columbus Day for their own personal agenda. He said that Columbus Day represents the beginning of the historic process of immigration to America and should be celebrated by all ethnic groups.



More from the Italian Heritage Month event


Italian Cultural Garden on One World Day

The Italian Cultural Garden and Italian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Italy in Parade of Flags

Italian Garden in Parade of Flags

Italy in Parade of Flags

Italy in Parade of Flags

Italy in Parade of Flags

Italy in Parade of Flags

The Italian Band of Cleveland marched in the Parade of Flags.

Italian Band of Cleveland

Italian Band of Cleveland

Here they played the polka classic Roll out the Barrel before the Parade of Flags began.



More from 2016 One World Day


Opera (and Ballet) in the Italian Cultural Garden

A record crowd of over 2,000 attended the July 31, 2016 performance by the artists from the Opera Circle Cleveland Company who were joined by dancers from the Cleveland Ballet in the beautiful Italian Renaissance Garden.

If you were unable to make the performance, you can view videos and photos of the evening.

Page 1 of the 2016 Opera (and ballet) in the Italian Cultural Garden

Page 2 of the 2016 Opera (and ballet) in the Italian Cultural Garden

People Page - Who do you recognize at the 2016 Opera?

Opera Circle Cleveland performers

Opera Circle Cleveland performers


Cleveland Ballet ladies

Cleveland Ballet ladies




The Southwest Italian American Heritage Club participated in the 2016 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma.

Southwest Italian American Heritage Club in Parma Parade

Southwest Italian American Heritage Club in Parma Parade


See more from the Parade


2015

Traditional Italian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

An Herb - Woman of the Environs of Vicenza (Veneto, Italy) Beatrice Colage is representing an Herb - Woman of the Environs of Vicenza (Veneto, Italy) for the Italian Cultural Garden. She has hand sewn a replica of a traditional, 18th /19th century outfit worn by an "herb-woman" of the province of Vicenza in the region of Veneto, Italy. A wooden yoke was carried over the shoulder to balance the transport of produce in baskets.

Beatrice is accompanied by her 90 years old father, Gino Colage. Gino was one of three honorees at the 70th Annual One World Day in August at The Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Gino Colage is wearing a combination of regional men's fashions that were popular in Italy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Gino wore this costume when he used to sing and dance in "I Gagliardi Italiani" - a choral folkdance group based in Canton, Ohio. Black or brown leather shoes complete the traditional regional outfit. With walking stick and carved pipe in hand, Gino is ready for his "passeggiata", or walk.

Fashion of Italy

Fashion of Italy

Fashion of Italy

Fashion of Italy

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Italian Heritage Night in Cleveland City Hall - October 5, 2015

The 10th annual Italian Heritage Month celebration was held in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Monday October 5, 2015. Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone and Mayor Frank Jackson started and continue this annual event. Councilman Zone served as MC and though Mayor Jackson was out of town he sent a video message.

The full house saw 5 outstanding individuals honored for their contributions to their Italian heritage and community:

  1. Andrea Anelli
  2. Vince Bertonaschi
  3. Pamela Dorazio Dean
  4. Judge Kenneth A. Rocco
  5. Angela Spitalieri

Christopher Columbus and Giovanni Castiglione

"Christopher Columbus" and Giovanni Castiglione
(Giovanni sang the Italian national anthem)


Photos and Videos of Italian Heritage Night


Italian Cultural Garden's Gino Collage honored on One World Day

Gino Collage has been a tireless volunteer and caretaker of the Italian Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens for many decades. He was honored for his service at One World Day 2015 and introduced by Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Vice-President Anda Cook.



See more from 2015 One World Day


Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden - July 26, 2015

In 1930, the Italian Cultural Garden opened as a "symbol of Italian culture." Almost 70 years ago the Italian Garden hosted the San Carlo Opera in the lower level amphitheater. In 2008, the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation revived this tradition by presenting Opera in the Garden.

A record crowd of over 2,000 attended the July 26, 2015 performance by the artists from the Opera Circle Cleveland Company. This included Tenor Mikhail Urusov who has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

If you missed the 2015 Opera you can see photos and videos of every song. Be sure to watch the videos full screen.

Opera Circle Cleveland

Opera Circle Cleveland

3 pages of Opera in the Italian Garden begin here


Bishop Anthony Pilla inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Anthony Michael Pilla, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Cleveland and was educated in public schools until high school which he began at Cathedral Latin.

Pope John Paul II announced his choice of Father Pilla as Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland on June 30, 1979. On November 18, 1980 Bishop Pilla was named the Ninth Bishop of Cleveland and was installed on January 6, 1981.

He took seriously the challenge to be a messenger of God to our world, in our time. In collaboration with parishes, priests, pastoral staffs, diocesan, civic and community organizations, he led and educated, called for faith and action on the vast social, political, economic, national and international issues we face every day.

Bishop Pilla's leadership resulted in the Church in the City initiative, a powerful reminder of Catholic social teaching in action. The Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University is unlike any other in the nation and continues his love of Italian Studies.

Bishop Anthony Pilla was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 29, 2015 by Sam Miller.

Bishop Antony Pilla

Bishop Anthony Pilla


Read more about Bishop Anthony Pilla

Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.

More coming soon

2014

Columbus Day Parade 2014

Columbus Day was celebrated in Cleveland's Little Italy on October 13, 2014 starting with Mass at 10 AM at Holy Rosary Church. The parade through Little Italy began at noon. The annual Columbus Day celebration was sponsored by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA).

Cleveland Columbus Day Parade 2014

Having fun at the Parade

4 pages of Photos and videos from the Columbus Day Parade


Italian Heritage Month 2014 Kickoff

The kickoff event for the 2014 Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month took place in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on October 4, 2014.

Consul Serena Scaiola and ISDA President Basil Russo

Consul Serena Scaiola and ISDA President Basil Russo

Photos and videos from the Italian Heritage Month event


Feast of the Assumption

The annual celebration of the Feast of the Assumption took place in Cleveland's Little Italy centered around Holy Rosary Church from August 14-17, 2014.

The band Primavera at the Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland's Little Italy

The band Primavera at the Feast of the Assumption

Photos of the Feast and videos of the band Primavera playing Italian classics


Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden

The July 20,2014 Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden, performed by artists from the Opera Per Tutti Opera Company, was another overflow event. Congratulations to Joyce Mariani, Executive Director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, and her team for this tremendous event.

Fountain in the Italain Cultural Garden in Cleveland

View photos and watch videos from the Opera in the Garden.


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2013

Columbus Day Parade through Little Italy

Columbus Day was celebrated in Cleveland's Little Italy on October 14, 2013 starting with Mass at 10 AM at Holy Rosary Church. The parade through Little Italy began at noon. The annual Columbus Day celebration was sponsored by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA).

Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone was Grand Marshal of the Parade and Patricia E. Russo was honored as Italian Mother of the Year. 110 units marched in the parade including 7 marching bands.

Baranello Lodge at Columbus Day Parade in Cleveland - Little Italy


Photos and video highlights from the Parade


Italian American Heritage Month 2013 - City Hall Kickoff

Italian American Heritage Month 2013 was celebrated in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Monday, October 7, 2013. The event was sponsored by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee with Co-Chairs Rose Zitiello, Councilman Matt Zone and Mayor Frank Jackson.

The Italian American Heritage Month Celebration focuses on honoring Italian Americans who were nominated for their outstanding efforts in the categories of individual, youth, public service, City employee and business.

Mayor Jackson and Councilman Zone applaud Giovanni Castiglione

Mayor Jackson and Councilman Zone applaud 11 year old Giovanni Castiglione for his singing of the Italian and US national anthems

Photos and videos from the Italian American Heritage event


One World Day and Festival

The Italian Cultural Garden was host to many performances during the annual One World Day and Festival celebration on August 25, 2013. Tom Beradinelli marched with the Italian Flag during the Parade of Nations down MLK Boulevard.

Tom Beradinelli marched with the Italian Flag at One World Day

Tom Beradinelli marched with the Italian Flag at One World Day



Feast of the Assumption

Little Italy was again the place to be around August 15th for the parade, Mass, celebration and fun of the Feast.

Mayfield Road in front of Holy Rosary Church

Mayfield Road in front of Holy Rosary Church


Remembering the real reason of the Feast

Remembering the real reason of the Feast


Primavera's Mike Zaccaro getting ready to play

Primavera's Mike Zaccaro getting ready to play



Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden

Over 1,500 people attended the July 21,2013 Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden performed by artists from the Opera Per Tutti Opera Company. Congratulations to Joyce Mariani, Executive Director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, and her team for this tremendous event.

View photos and watch videos of the entire performance.

Dan Doty, Jeanette Davis, Andrea Anelli, Rebecca Freshwater and Leodigario Del Rosario

Dan Doty, Jeanette Davis, Andrea Anelli, Rebecca Freshwater
and Leodigario Del Rosario (not in this picture Benjamin Czarnota)


While the photos and videos on those 4 pages capture some of the event you really need to experience it live. Check out Opera per Tutti's performance schedule and make plans to attend the Opera in the Garden in 2014

And be sure to see the photos on the Faces in the Crowd page to see some of the 1500+ attendees and how they enjoyed the performance.

Michael and Deb Johns, Andy and Norma Hoffman

Michael and Deb Johns with Andy and Norma Hoffman
in front of Dante



Nacy Panzica inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Nacy Panzica was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony on Wedenesday May 8, 2013. Nacy joined a stellar class of inductees. He was inducted by Angie Spitalieri, Executive Director of Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation and Business Manager of La Gazzetta Italiana.

Angie Spitalieri and Nacy Panzica

Angie Spitalieri and Nacy Panzica


See photos and videos of Nacy and Angela as well as the other Hall of Fame inductees.


2012

Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
October 1, 2012

The kickoff event for the 2012 Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month took place in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on October 1, 2012. The recognition ceremony was sponsored by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee with Rose A. Zitiello serving as Chair and Councilman Matt Zone as Co-Chair.

Antoinette Didato

Antoinette Didato, with Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone,
was presented the 2012 Individual award



Italian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Italian Cultural Garden

Italian Cultural Garden at One World Day



You've seen Italian Culinary Specialist Mario Rizzotti from Academia Barilla on the Iron Chef Show. Here he tells us how to tell if olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other products are authentic Italian. Also why he doesn't use bread to taste oils. From the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland, Ohio.




Opera in the Italian Garden

If you weren't one of the 1300 or so who attended the opera in the Italian Cultural Garden on July 29, 2012 you can see 4 pages photos and videos from the evening.

Dan Doty and Rebecca Freshwater of Opera per Tutti

Dan Doty and Rebecca Freshwater



The Solon Italian Club announced recently that Don DeRoia was selected “Man of the Year” for 2012-2013. This is an honor bestowed on a member of the organization who best exemplifies the spirit of the club.

Don is a tireless worker and an always-willing man behind the scene, volunteering on several committees, cooking and serving for club events and pitching in wherever possible. He is has been a member of the Solon Italian Club since 2002 and is currently serving his second term as Secretary of the organization.

Don works for ConAgra Foods. He and his wife, Marie live in Solon and have three children, Andrea, Don and David.

Congratulations Don!

Don DeRoia and family

Don DeRoia family



The statue of Dante Alighieri was sculpted by Sandro Bonaiuto who was born in Cleveland, Ohio of Italian parents.

The Dante statue was unveiled and dedicated in a special ceremony in the Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden on June 29, 2012 that also celebrated the 66th anniversary of the Republic of Italy.

Ken Lanci, Mayor Jackson and sculptor Sandro

Ken Lanci, Mayor Jackson and sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto
unveil the Dante statue


See more photos and video from the Dante statue unveiling


The statue of Dante Alighieri in the Italian Cultural Garden
Dante Alighieri was a giant of Western Literature and the author of the Divine Comedy. This statue of Dante Alighieri was sculpted by Sandro Bonaiuto who was born in Cleveland, Ohio of Italian parents.

Dante Alighieri statue in Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden



2011

Italian American Heritage Month Kickoff
Cleveland City Hall - October 3, 2011

Members of Coro Brigata Alpina Julia  Congedati

Members of Coro Brigata Alpina Julia Congedati
performed at Cleveland City Hall



Dante's Divine Comedy
Italian Cultural Garden - 9-18-11
Discussion and readings (in Italian and English) from the classic The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri in the Italian Cultural Garden. The Divine Comedy is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. Dante is known as the Father of the Italian language.

Paola Basile and Sandro Bonaiuto

Dr. Paola Basile and sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto



Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
Over 1100 attended the Opera per Tutti performance on July 31, 2011

Performers at Opera in the Italian Garden



65th Anniversary - Republic of Italy and 150th Anniversary of Unification of Italy
Italian Cultural Garden - June 4, 2011

Fiat and Fountain in Italian Cultural Garden



Vicenza Italy Mayor in Italian Garden
Monte Grappa Memorial for WWI Veterans

Consul Marco Nobili and Vicenza Mayor Variati

Consul Marco Nobili and Vicenza Mayor Variati



Italian Ambassador to US in Cleveland
Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata

Ambassador Sant'Agata, Mayor Jackson, Governor Kasich,Marnie Sweet, Mayor Variati and Consul Nobili

Ambassador Sant'Agata, Mayor Jackson, Governor Kasich, Marnie Sweet, Vincenza Mayor Variati and Consul Nobili



2011 Miss Italia of Ohio
Christina Selvaggio Stickan

Miss Italia Ohio - Christina Selvaggio Stickan

2011 Miss Italia Ohio - Christina Selvaggio Stickan



2010

Italian Heritage Month Celebration
Cleveland City Hall - October 4, 2010

Matt Zone, Rose Zitiello and Mayor Frank Jackson

Matt Zone, Rose Zitiello and Mayor Frank Jackson


Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
July 25, 2010

Honorary Cleveland Italian Consul Serena Scaiola

Honorary Cleveland Italian Consul Serena Scaiola


The 10th Annual Italian American Summer Festival
Photos/Video from June 11-13, 2010 at the Berea Fairgrounds

64th Anniversary of the Republic of Italy
Photos/Video from June 5, 2010 at the Italian Cultural Garden

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Italian Consul Marco Nobili with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



2009

Italian Heritage Month 2009 in Cleveland
Photos from Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

Columbus Day Parade 10-12-2009
Grand Marshall Sam Rutigliano and photos from the Parade through Little Italy

Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
Photos and Video from August 9, 2009




Dan Doty of Opera per Tutti sings Puccini's Nessun Dorma at the Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden Opera Night in August 2009


2008

Columbus Day Parade 10-13-2008
Grand Marshall Stefani Schaefer, Mother of the Year Luciana Fedeli and more photos from the Parade through Little Italy

Cleveland Italian Film Festival (Festival del Cinema Italiano)
September 18 -October 2, 2008 at the Cedar Lee Theater

Feast of the Assumption - August 2008
Photos, music and video from Little Italy

The Honorable Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.,
April 9, 2008 speech as part of The Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University

Jersey Boys - Cleveland Premier event
Playhouse Square preview of the Tony Award Winner

2007

Columbus Day Parade 10-8-2007
Lots of Photos from the Parade through Little Italy

2006

Columbus Day Parade 10-9-2006
Lots of Photos from the Parade

Italian Heritage Month 2006 in Cleveland
Photos from Cleveland City Hall Rotunda


Organizations and Resources for Italians in Cleveland

Italian Cultural Garden Foundation

The Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies
at John Carroll University

Italian Cultural Gardens in Cleveland
Photos from the Gardens

Murray Hill - Little Italy
Photos from Little Italy in Cleveland


Cleveland Italians Feedback and Memories

My Dad the rock star at the Feast of the Assumption
by John Ettorre

Va Fa Sa - A Young Man's Memoir
by Hugo Cipriani


Business, Education and Employment Information

Submit your Cleveland Italian jobs, classes and other opportunities.


Italian History and Culture


The music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Italians so special.




What would the world be like without Italy and Italians?


Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
Photos and Video from June 27, 2008

Italian Gospel Choir - La Compagnia della Gru
at Cleveland City Hall August 22, 2007




Watch the crowd-pleasing Che le Luna by Primavera at the Feast 2008


Christmas in Trieste
Photos from our friend Nicoletta Difino

Christmas in Trieste Italy


Profiles of Italian Americans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Janine Bentivegna
The Book of Janine - Complete with Photos

Bob Cerminara
Well Dressed and Well Respected

Virgil Dominic
Ha riconosciuto il suo Destino, e ha condiviso le sue fortune

Dante Lavelli
Gluefingers in the Clutch

Dino Lucarelli
Love of, and Loved By, the Cleveland Browns

Nick Mileti
Cleveland's Illustrious Italian - The Colossal Coliseum and other "Miracles"

Helen Orlando
With a GED at 78, this Baker Rises to the Top

Loretta Paganini
Bringing us a Taste of Italy

Nacy Panzica
Family is Cornerstone to Builder's Success

Gino Paoloni
He brings good things to life

Sam Rutigliano
A Coach of Football - and of Life

Paul Sciria
The "inside scoop" on an investigative reporter

Rocco Scotti
Oh say can he sing!

Danielle Serino
Serious (yet Sassy!) Journalist loves Salsa and Life's Adventures

Ralph Tarsitano
Picture Perfect from Collinwood

Mike Trivisonno
Mr Know-It-All is a Senior - and loving it

If you know of an Italian-American who should be profiled,
please let us know.


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