Every summer for the last 16 years, the picturesque Italian town of Citta' della Pieve, (located between Rome and Florence), has hosted Karen Lauria Saillant's opera festival where guests were treated first-hand to beautiful world premiere Italian operas; a staggering 16 operas in 16 years. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the structure of...

The fate of a 62-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus that towers over Schenley Drive near Phipps Conservatory in Oakland will be decided Sept. 23 by the Pittsburgh Art Commission. Before the commission meets, it is working to gauge public sentiment about the statue, one of Pittsburgh-based Italian artist Frank Vittor’s most visible works. A vir...

The 2020 Scholarship Program of the UNICO National Foundation has granted more than $80,000 to college students on many levels and in many disciplines. The Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund awarded $2,500 to Giulia Randazzo of Milton, a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of Milton and...

Lou “Red” Vigliotti served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 and fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign in the jungles of Philippines. While there, he contracted malaria, but his service did not waiver and he continued to fight for his country.  In addition to various honors and medals, he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star for his heroism and...

Organized in conjunction with the dedicated artist room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  this series of online conversations will focus on the work of pioneering Italian artist Marisa Merz (1926-2019). Join us as international scholars and curators pay homage to Merz’s life and legacy and meditate on aspects of the artist’s practice that are ofte...

Greetings from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame! The decision to cancel the 34th annual NIASHF banquet was a difficult one, but the safety of our friends and awardees was our top priority. One of our primary goals of the event is to raise funds to award scholarships to deserving Pittsburgh area youth of all backgrounds, who demonst...

Friday would have kicked off the annual La Festa Italiana in Scranton, one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions. The event was canceled due to COVID-19. Normally Courthouse Square would be bustling with vendors setting up their tents, but Thursday night the square was quiet. With La Festa cancelled this year, some vendors are fi...

Pittsburgh’s Art Commission will hold a special hearing this month on the controversial Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park before deciding its fate in the coming weeks. Members of the public will be able to join a virtual hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 during which they can provide comment, as well as view a presentation on the history...

The Ellwood City Italian American Heritage Foundation met Friday for its monthly meeting. President Barbara Mastropietro called the meeting to order and recognized founder Gene Morabito. Morabito offered the prayer and Ray Venezie led the Pledge of Allegiance. The group recognized John Biondi, Bob Morabito and Cosmo Morabito, its original members....

Due bandi regionali per coinvolgere le aziende emiliano-romagnole in programmi internazionali di scambio e promozione in ambito sanitario con Boston e Philadelphia, i due principali hub mondiali per le applicazioni della genomica, della terapia cellulare e dei big data applicati alla salute. Sono questi gli obiettivi delle iniziative messe in campo...