In a renewal of the venerable tradition of Sicilian faithful from the town of Sciacca, hundreds of Italian-American Catholics gathered in Norristown Sunday, Aug. 18 for the 115th annual feast in honor of la Madonna Santissima del Soccorso di Sciacca (supported by the M.S.S. Society). After Mass celebrated by Msgr. John C. Marine and other clergy at...

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, at Saint Peter’s Cathedral, in Scranton. All are welcome to attend. The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with La Festa Italiana, which occurs over the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, August 30 through September 2, on Courthouse Square, one block away. Thi...

Sonny Conto, a genuine and upbeat 23-year-old boxer from S. 9th Street, is setting himself apart in a sport too often defined by flashy promotions and over-the-top personalities. An Italian-American who picked up boxing gloves at age 10, Conto is beloved in his South Philly neighborhood and humbled by the family and fans who roar from beside the ri...

La Festa Italiana will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton. Hours are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainme...

Groceria Merante in Oakland is celebrating 40 years of filling Pittsburghers’ plates with authentic and imported Italian food. The family-owned market will hold an anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with food samples, cooking demos, bocce, Italian music and a visit from Mayor Bill Peduto. Co-owner Filomena Merante said she’...

Lunedì scorso, 19 agosto, presso il Gran Caffè L’Aquila di Filadelfia, negli Stati Uniti, si è tenuta una riunione informale cui hanno partecipato Fucsia Nissoli, deputato al Parlamento italiano, Pier Attinio Forlano, console generale d’Italia a Filadelfia, e Luigi Patitucci, presidente del Comitato degli Italiani all’Estero (Comites). I tre espone...

Unless you go there all the time, Philly’s Italian Market is probably not what you’re thinking it is. Sure, you can still pick up some fresh produce here during the day and a plate of spaghetti at Villa de Roma. But the neighborhood has been changing for years (maybe one day its name will change, too). Lately, it is one of Philly’s most eclectic fo...

Come Celebrate the Joy of Figs! September 15, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00PM. Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Click here for tickets: $35. Children age 11 and under free. Includes: Fig-based delicacies demonstrated and prepared by Vallozzi Exec Chef Josiah Henry; A complimentary fig-based Wigle cocktail crea...

A celebrity chef is rolling the dice on a new restaurant at Rivers Casino. Steve Martorano, who operates popular eateries in Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, will open Martorano’s Prime in late 2019. The menu will be a fusion of Italian-American cuisine and steakhouse staples. The upscale spot will replace Andrew’s Steak & Seafood, whi...

Authentic Neapolitan pizza and award-winning gelato has landed in O’Hara. Mercurio’s, a family owned and operated Italian eatery in Shadyside since 2012, opened a second location in June at 1335 Freeport Road. Three sibling co-owners, Anna Crucitt and Michael and Joe Mercurio, were raised around the original family gelato business that opened in 19...