By Ptah Gabrie   Fishtown is a fluid neighborhood whose residents cover many different American classes. One thing that bonds all of us together in this ever-changing landscape is food. So how do you establish a restaurant in a neighborhood with shifting demographics? It's simple. Start with the freshest ingredients available to you.  ...

by Rebecca Hanlon   Walking into Slice of Italy feels like you've just arrived at a friend's home. Seat yourself at one of the green tables and get ready to fill your belly with whatever homemade Italian treats you desire. With more than 25 years of experience in York and Lancaster county restaurants, Peter Ferrante jumped at the chance...

Who's louder than a bunch of drunken Eagles fans after a team win? Who's more crass in the kitchen than Gordon Ramsay with a team of Hell's Kitchen rejects? Who's insane enough to have a singing, dancing Italian food show broadcast out of cable access in Bay Ridge?   Who bursts out singing "Mambo Italiano" - or is that "Mangia Italiano"? acr...

Il Console Generale Italiano Andrea Canepari ha visitato lo scorso 2 aprile il Comando NATO per la Trasformazione di Norfolk, Virginia. A dargli il benvenuto il Gen. Mirco Zuliani, Vice Comandante di ACT, il quale ha poi brevemente illustrato organizzazione, missione e compiti del Comando.   Mentre lo scopo primario della visita era conoscer...

The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the poetry of Guido Gozzano (1883-1916) with an international conference to be held in Philadelphia October 29-30, 2015. Is Gozzano the last poet of the Nineteenth Century or the fist one of the Twentieth Century? The conference deals with this ambivalence. Gozzano unb...

By Melissa McCart  Where else can you get a meatball bigger than a softball? At Alla Famiglia, it arrives in a red sea of marinara, stuffed with mozzarella then covered with a blanket of provolone and garnished with a dash of chopped parsley. It's pillowy soft but still comes with a giant steak knife.   When you see a plate like this,...

Joe Motisi describes himself as a jack-of-all-trades and master at some. He's held just about every job imaginable, but studied broadcasting and is a former talk radio board operator and producer.   Currently, this Chicago native—and current Pittsburgher—convinces people to buy very expensive things for a living. Joe is also a cartoonist whi...

On Nov. 18, the National Italian American Foundation was at the Philadelphia Media Forum, where along with WHYY, we hosted a special reception and screened clips from the upcoming four-hour documentary series, The Italian Americans, set to air nationally on PBS in February 2015.   The documentary, narrated by acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, r...

The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades.   Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken...

Date: 27 January 2016 - 1 February 2016Time: (All day)Center for Italian Studies - 549 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305   Luciano Berio (1925-2003) is one of the most important Italian musicians and composers of the past 100 years. His genius and legacy will be celebrated in collaboration with the Penn M...