Over the past century, several populations have come and gone throughout South Philadelphia. Some folks, though, have stayed through every changing moment of these last 100 years. One lifelong resident in particular, 99-year-old Lower Moyamensing resident Charles “Charlie” Leuzzi, ventured in combat across Europe during World War II, earning two Pu...

In November of 2008, like many elderly south Philadelphia residents, our Aunt Mary and Uncle Tony Rocca enjoyed taking the late-afternoon bus ride to the casino in Atlantic City. Certainly, at the age of 88, they both deserved to have a little fun after raising their three kids in a most selfless and devoted way. Uncle Tony learned the printing bus...

Twelve days afloat — that’s what separated Ralph Chieffo’s life in Italy and his life in America. When he was 7 years old, he boarded an ocean liner in the Port of Naples with his parents, his brother and his sister, and they shared a little room for 12 days until the ship arrived in New York Harbor. “To provide an elementary education for us, my m...

Former Mount Union baseball coach Nick Imperioli stood in the PNG Field home dugout, arms crossed, a wide smile across his face. The Trojans just captured their 18th District 6 championship in 28 appearances and the first title since 2012 after beating a game Philipsburg-Osceola squad 1-0 in the ninth inning, thanks to a Grayson McClain walk-off RB...

Some say it's "BAH' chee" while others say "BOH' chee" but no matter how you pronounce it, the sport served as a competition for a cause this Memorial Day weekend. Old Forge Sons of Italy hosted their 5th annual bocce tournament as a way to help veterans. Participants paid a 100 dollar entrance fee for a four-person team. Those proceeds benefit Sai...

La Festa Italian Street Festival on East Passyunk Avenue will return on Sunday, June 2. This year, the South Philly block party will be bigger than ever before. Similar to celebrations in Italy for the Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day), attendees will spend the day eating, drinking and dancing in the street. Highlights of the all-day, a...

As runners race through the streets carrying 400-pound statues for St. Ubaldo Day’s Race of the Saints today, crowds race into local businesses. The annual event that draws massive crowds to Jessup every year has proven to be a boon for businesses in the town, notably those along the race route on Church Street. With banners representing the famili...

Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Easton will hold their annual Festa Italiana celebration starting May 31. The three-day festival is a major fundraiser for the Easton parish. It will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2 at Holy Cross Park in Williams Township. The festival features food and entertainment each night, plus a ba...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around Philadelphia, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike. 1. Melograno Topping the list is Melograno. Located at 2012 Sansom St. in Ritten...

Annual Italian street festival La Festa will take place all day next Sunday, June 2. The free all-ages festival got its start in 2010 with the aim of honouring Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day), and replicating the festivities that take place in Italy on the holiday each year. This year, La Festa will take place on East Passyunk Avenue...