Maria Perdikis grew up dirt-poor in Italy (literally – her house had dirt floors), rode a donkey to the hospital when she had typhoid and ended school in fifth grade to help on the family farm. Contrast that hardscrabble existence to her world today, the result of a lifetime of hard work and her ingrained Italian work ethic: owner of the Newport Fa...

The Toracco Food Bank/Shelter Fund administered by the UNICO Foundation is available to community-established programs throughout the United States that provide food and shelter where most needed. Grants are available for nonprofit organizations (food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) that serve people in need or an agency that supports the com...

Despite all the well-earned accolades between them, Scott Stein and chef Antimo DiMeo felt a bit frazzled on the phone last year while negotiating cattle prices from specialty ranch in El Paso. The main problem? They didn’t speak dude ranch. “Buying whole cows for the first time, it was a little intimidating,” Stein says. “Their terminology, their...

Teachers often say “I don’t do it for the money”; that is true. I believe the “good” teachers do it for the kids. They work hard in and out of the classroom because they know that they make a difference in a student’s life. My life has been touched by the young lady who will be getting an Italian scholarship. This is only the second scholarship I’v...

For the last 60 years or so, the streets of Wilmington’s Little Italy have looked quite similar in the middle of each June. The Italian Festival brings food, music and carnival rides and games to thousands of visitors, but that was all missing in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It all returned this year, and patrons and volunteer...

These days, names like Capano, Pettinaro, and Robino are associated with business success, real estate development and acclaim.  But on a recent Thursday afternoon, the men who founded companies that became giants in Delaware gathered with other childhood friends from Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood to reminisce about days past. Although som...

Delaware Governor John Carney has reappointed Atty. Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr. chairman of the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, for a three year term, effective April 29. Mr. DiLiberto has served as chairman since being first appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in 2006, and has been reappointed by Gov. Jack Markell and Gov. Carney...

The theme for this year’s St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington is simply benvenuti: Welcome back, after two years of the world torn asunder by the pandemic. The festival – expected to draw tens of thousands people to St. Anthony of Padua Church on June 12-19 – succeeds because of extensive planning and the commitment of people to the parish...

The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to Delaware Theatre Company June 1-19, 2022. One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don't have to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this show. All you need to know is what it feel...

Photographer Geri Dibiase will bring her art to CAMP Rehoboth for a one-woman exhibition, As I See It…from Kodachrome to iPhone, on display from Saturday, June 4 to Saturday, July 2. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 5. After a successful 15 years as the owner of the Main Street Studio in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia,...