By Bill Chenevert   Almost exactly two years ago, South Philly Review reported on the meeting at Columbus Square Park, between 12th and 13th and Wharton and Reed streets, and the nearly $3-million renovations that the Columbus Square Advisory Council was proposing for the park.   At the time, $3 million seemed like a massive amount of...

by Daniel Dentico   South Philadelphia's Italian Market is the nation's oldest outdoor market and on May 18 and 19, the already-bustling heart of South Philly welcomes the city for its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Enjoy a weekend filled with the flavors and sights of Italian-American culture, from tastes of Italian cuisine...

In the recent celebration of his 10th anniversary as a member of the Scranton chapter of UNICO, Blaise Alan Dente, of Pittston, was presented a proclamation for his years of service at the May meeting at St. Lucy 's Hall in Scranton.   Since 2005, Dente, along with his parents and Dente's Catering, has hosted a dinner meeting once a year. &...

Each year the Hazleton Chapter of UNICO and Maurice C Raymond "RMR" Knights of Columbus honor an outstanding Italian-American as part of their Columbus Day dinner in celebration of their Italian heritage.   The organization asked community members to nominate individuals who exemplify the true spirit of an Italian-American – one who demonstr...

When Bruce Gradkowski made his first start for the Oakland Raiders back in November 2009, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Jewish fans came up to him constantly and assumed he was Jewish.   It turned out Bruce Gradkowski is not Jewish. Bruce has a Polish mother & an Italian father. The 31-year-old is yet another Pittsburgh...

March is such a busy month and has 3 of my favorite holidays in it; St. Joseph's day, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For a foodie like me, these wonderful holidays all together can only mean one thing- more time at the gym so I can eat all of the delicious dishes that come with each of these holidays. I get most excited to make the Italian Ham Pie...

At this time of year, a rear dining room with a blazing fireplace is still the favorite choice of many diners at Francisco's on the River, just north of Washington Crossing, Pa.   But in warm weather the front dining room and outside tables, which look toward the Delaware River, are preferred at this attractive BYOB in a country setting that...

Centuries ago, if you wanted to see the paintings of the great Italian masters, you would have embarked on something called The Grand Tour, a kind of traveling educational experience to the principal artistic centers of Renaissance Italy: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples and Venice.   This summer, The Grand Tour, by way of Glasg...

Over the next several months, Ciao Pittsburgh will be profiling successful Italian-American entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the country. We want to learn a little about their business, how they became successful, what tips they can share with our readers, and also learn a little about their Italian heritage. This month, we are featurin...

By Kathy Lauer-Williams   Chazz Palminteri was a frustrated aspiring actor in New York in the 1980s — he couldn't seem to catch the eye of casting directors. He too often found himself sweeping the floor of a theater rather than honing his craft on its stage. So in 1988, he started writing "A Bronx Tale," based on his own story of growi...