Scarpino was born from a partnership six years in the making, but its reason for being is simple supply and demand: Chef Scott Walton needed a kitchen and Adam DeSimone had one to fill. “Good chefs are hard to find. Scott called me up in July and said, ‘I have a great idea for something. Do you have any kitchens available?’ I said, ‘I have, like se...

On Tuesday, November 24, at 4:00 p.m. EST, Luca Cottini, Villanova University Associate Professor and Host & Creator of the Italian Innovators YouTube show, presents “When Food Became a Work of art”, in the framework of the 5th Italian Cuisine in the World Week. Click here to register, registration is required. What does food mean in painting? Why...

Anyone who has studied in front of the brightly colored, geometric hanging rugs in Hillman Library, or taken the escalators past the massive mosaic in Posvar Hall, knows the “everyday” art of Virgil Cantini. The Pittsburgh-based sculptor and founder of Pitt’s studio arts department made over a dozen public works of art on campus and throughout the...

On Monday, November 23, 11:30 – 12:30pm, to mark the centenary of Modigliani’s death, Nancy Ireson, the Barnes’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, joins Simonetta Fraquelli, an art historian and specialist in 20th-century European art, to explore new perspectives on the artist. Click here to register! Thou...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that former NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa has donated a $15 million gift through his namesake foundation to Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, which will launch a new phase of entrepreneurship initiatives and scholarship. “John Scarpa is one of America’s leadi...

The Italian Sons and Daughters of America filed a motion Monday asking a judge to recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit filed to stop the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Schenley Park. The ISDA, which sued Mayor Bill Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh after officials voted to remove the 800-pound statue, claim Allegheny Common Pleas...

At least you’d have to say that I’m consistent.  As I get older, I often realize that there are a lot of things I like better as they once were.  I like baseball without the “designated hitter”, the “closer” and the 8th inning “set-up-man.” I don’t like giving out “participation” trophies to everyone who happens to show up and not only to those who...

This fall, while traveling is not an option and movie theaters continue to be closed in many areas, American audiences can take a dip into Italy’s culture and atmosphere from the comfort of their couch. Italian movies are coming online. The 30th edition of New Italian Cinema Events USA (N.I.C.E.) will take place in New York, from November 14th to N...

Even with a pandemic raging in Italy earlier this year, Amy Baldonieri wasn’t looking to leave her job at the American University of Rome and return to her native Western Pennsylvania. She was working remotely from her apartment near Vatican City as director of development for the school when she got word about an opening at Rivers of Steel, a Home...

Danny Fiorello and his mother Ninfa have been serving up Italian favorites at Fiorello's Café in Chester County since 1997. "We have some of the modern Italian, but we also keep the old-world cuisine," says Danny. Many of the recipes used at the restaurant were passed down through their family. "My mama teach me," says Ninfa, who makes the Sicilian...