I am very happy and proud to announce that the City Council of Philadelphia adopted a resolution on December 10, 2020 also naming the 1200 block of Reed St, on which the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mario Lanza's birth!The Mario Lanza Institute worked along with the local councilman and civ...

Anthony Bianco, a life resident of Pittston, died Friday, Dec. 11. 2020, at Wesley Village, Pittston. He was the son of the late August and Lucille Sirignese Bianco. Tony graduated from Pittston High School, having lived right across the street for most of his life. He retired from Luzerne County Veterans Affairs after more than 30 years of service...

When: From Nov 27, 2020 to Jan 4, 2021 - Where: Hall of Architecture - Kick off the season with a visit to our popular Nativity display nestled in our stunning Hall of Architecture. The presepio, a centuries-old tradition in Naples and Southern Italy, is an elaborate Nativity scene recreated with miniature figures arranged in a detailed panorama of...

Hays is a neighborhood on the southeast side of Pittsburgh. It is named after James H. Hays who operated a local mining industry. In the 1920s, many Italian immigrants moved to Hays to find work at Jones & Laughlin and US Steel Mills.  Most of these immigrants came from Controne, Italy. Controne is a small town that is south of Naples.  My grandpar...

Lock Haven University recently announced the establishment of the John F. Curcio Scholarship. The new scholarship will be awarded annually to an LHU student who is ex-military or current military. The scholarship is named in honor of John F. Curcio, of Renovo. Staff Sergeant Curcio served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew 35 c...

It was 4 a.m. The night air was still crisp and fresh. I was driving alone on the streets in the city of Pittsburgh, Penn. The stillness was very noticeable. Street and traffic lots seemed to be brighter. Lights inside the residences were not visible. Surely no one was awake. My thoughts were focusing on walking a midnight beat as a young, uniforme...

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...