Rita's Italian Ice, the nation's largest Italian Ice concept with over 625 outlets in 19 states, announced Lazaro Arbos, a Treat Team Member from Rita's outlet in Naples, Florida, was chosen as a Top 20 finalist by American Idol 2013 (Season 12).   Arbos earned a coveted spot on the popular singing competition's Top 20 following the Sudden D...

In this presentation, I will analyze the Passion of Stracci, the poor film extra in Pier Paolo Pasolini's La ricotta. I will focus on his characteristics as homo sacer and point out the visual dynamics of his Passion, in contrast to his counterpart, the cynical director of a mannerist movie on the Crucifixion who observes his death as the subprolet...

BY Kristen Gaydos Executive Chef Jim Guasto of Pittston brought his expertise to the kitchen at 279 Bar and Grill in Plains Township about four months ago.   Prior to that post, he honed his culinary skills at the Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. He brings a fresh outlook to Luzerne County's food scene and frequently hosts his fellow...

By Michelle Durham   It's a Christmas Eve tradition for thousands in the Delaware Valley, especially those of Italian descent, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Why seven? What is the meaning behind this treasured tradition? Vice President of Anastasi Seafood, Janet Anastasi-Stechman explains why seven fishes are prepared the night before...

The Simeone Automotive Museum's April 12th Demonstration Day will be a tribute to the most recognized automotive marque in the world: Ferrari. The red cars from Maranello achieved this recognition largely from their success on the racetrack. There will be a talk about the history of Ferrari, and six outstanding examples of the greatest Ferrari rac...

by Bob Kalinowski   When Zelino Vici opened his barber shop in Nanticoke, the United States president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, baseball legend Babe Ruth was about to embark on the final year of his Hall of Fame career and canned beer was just hitting the market.   Vici charged 25 cents for haircuts and competed against dozens of...

by Andrea Canepari - Italian Consul General in Philadelphia   Dear Co-nationals, In an attempt to make the passport application process more efficient and to reduce waiting times in the office, the Passport Department of this Consulate General has decided to introduce a new system by which you can make your appointment online&...

by Heather Haddon   New Jersey Italians are still likely to lose their one full-time consulate, but they are getting a reprieve from the closure of another nearby office. A proposal by the Italian government to shut its consulate in Philadelphia was averted after appeals from Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), accordi...

Even as a child I remember being more excited about Christmas Eve than Christmas day and my birthday combined – which is saying a lot for a kid. My family has been doing the Feast of the Seven Fishes for as long as I can remember, well really as long as my grandmother and great-grandmother could remember. And all these years later, I am still in aw...

by Amanda haury   LaScala's is an excellent choice for dinner and drinks in Philadelphia's historic district. Located at 615 Chestnut Street, at the corner of 7th and Chestnut, LaScala's is a Philadelphia based restaurant features Italian American home style cooking, and is a convenient option for business professionals, tourists visiting th...