Philomena Rose Scalia, recalled as one of Little Italy’s most prolific home bakers, appeared healthy and resilient when she was photographed last year for a Baltimore Sun article describing how her community was coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Though she was healthy until earlier this year, she died of COVID-19 complications Tuesday at...

Some say a great meal starts with the eyes, which would be one explanation for the perpetual line in front of the display case at Di Pasquale’s in Highlandtown. A rainbow of colors bursts through the glass. Red grape tomatoes mixed with white balls of mozzarella and green basil leaves mirror the colors of the Italian flag. Bright purple octopus ten...

On this day 25-years ago (4-9-1996) Sotto Sopra Restaurant opened their doors to Charm City ushering in Northern Italian flare with a sprinkle of Mediterranean accent. Riccardo & Monika Bosio have enjoyed presenting fresh homemade pasta & exquisite fish to locals & traveling tourists. There has also been a sighting of an entertainment celebrity or...

Baltimore Orioles first baseman / outfielder and Italian American Trey Mancini has been an inspiration. After battling cancer, he is back on the field in 2021 and will be honored by the Italian American Baseball Foundation as the Tommy Lasorda Award recipient at this year’s awards gala. “It is our honor and privilege to recognize Trey for his deter...

A seguito del grave rallentamento dell’attività di trasmissione in Italia delle pratiche di pensione da parte dell’Ufficio della Security Administration of International Operation di Baltimora (USA), ho rappresentato all’Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio la situazione di grave disagio che si è venuta a creare per gli interessati e per le organizzazio...

If Earl Weaver was night, Joe Altobelli was day. Two managers could not have been more different, and that’s the first thing members of the 1983 Orioles recall about Altobelli, the man who led them to a World Series championship. “With Earl, if you made a mistake on the field, he would be waiting in the dugout to scream at you in front of everybo...

Angela Bambace, first woman elected Vice President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) - previously an all-male leadership Executive Board for #WomensHistoryMonth. Angela Bambace defied social expectations to lead a labor union—organizing women’s marches, strikes, and protests to improve working conditions, rights and pay in...

Mario Scilipoti left his newly wed and, unbeknownst to him, pregnant wife behind in their mountainside Sicilian village when he departed for the United States. The 23-year-old did not speak English. He did not have, or need, a visa when his ship, the Patria, sailed past the Statue of Liberty and landed at Ellis Island. He did not have a lucrative j...

I am pleased to announce the 2021 Italian Week organized by myself and the Italian division at Loyola University Maryland that will be held virtually on ZOOM from February 21 to 25. The topic this year is Little Italies: the Impact and Importance of Italian Language, Heritage, and Culture in the U.S.  Our own Dr. Marc De Simone from Baltimore will...

The Little Italy Lodge Foundation (of Little Italy Lodge OSIA 2286) will award $32,000 in educational scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year: two $6,000 and five $5,000 awards will assist students of Italian descent in furthering their education. Eligible Little Italy Lodge members, spouses and specific family members may apply. Applications...