Long before Sonny Conto made his professional heavyweight boxing debut at 2300 Arena by pounding Jimmie Levins until the ref stopped the fight in the first round, “Sonny from S. 9th Street” was just a well-known guy from the neighborhood. Like a hyped rap act with posters announcing its first mixtape or a young punk band hustling DIY stickers, the...

Let’s face it: Relaxed menswear causes more problems than solutions. Without steadfast fashion rules — especially the tried-and-true blazer/tie combo — men started to both squeeze or swim in ill-fitting, dated looks that always seemed sloppy. Enter Francesco Reale, the 35-year-old owner and founder of Moda Matters. For summer, the aerospace executi...

Hungry? A new neighborhood Italian spot has you covered. Located at 105 S. 12th St. in Washington Square, the new arrival is called DaMò Pasta Lab. DaMò Pasta Lab is a fast-casual homemade pasta bar offering menu items like gnocchi loaded with tomatoes, onions, basil and buffalo mozzarella, or a beef and pork lasagna topped with bechamel sauce. The...

During the 1950s, Anna Melone, a resident of 18th and Wolf streets, crossed the Atlantic Ocean with a collection of treasures from her hometown nestled along the outskirts of Rome. On the 10-day journey, Melone brought along two of her children, healthy food recipes and a persistently positive demeanor. All three, perhaps, could be attributed to th...

We’re at a crossroads in which every major city has welcomed with open arms corporate-owned concepts that introduce us to dishes-from-elsewhere, whether it’s Japanese ramen, Hawaiian poke, Nashville hot chicken, Texas barbecue or Mexi-Cali tacos. Aside from what this is doing to the restaurant landscape, it’s worth asking whether any of these dishe...

Phyllis Fusco taught several Italian phrases when the Ellwood City Italian-American Heritage Foundation recently met at the Wolverine Restaurant. Barbara Mastropietro, president, conducted the breakfast meeting, with Linda Heusing, secretary, and Sandy Douglas, treasurer, providing reports. Mastropietro recognized the founding members of the organi...

A video crew from Italy has stopped in Pittsburgh as part of a series on American frozen-dessert artisans and landmarks titled “Some Like It Cold — USA Mission.” The seven-member crew, working for Carpigiani Gelato University near Bologna, Italy, spent a long Tuesday shooting at Mercurio’s Pizza and Gelato’s new second location in Fox Chapel. Mercu...

A team of researchers have published in the Journal of  Cellular Physiology that a new natural extract is able to inhibit the development of diabetic nephropathy, a kidney disease that is increasing in incidence throughout the world. "The new extract of natural origin, obtained from red oranges and lemons, is rich in cyanidin 3-glucoside and other...

Over the past century, several populations have come and gone throughout South Philadelphia. Some folks, though, have stayed through every changing moment of these last 100 years. One lifelong resident in particular, 99-year-old Lower Moyamensing resident Charles “Charlie” Leuzzi, ventured in combat across Europe during World War II, earning two Pu...

In November of 2008, like many elderly south Philadelphia residents, our Aunt Mary and Uncle Tony Rocca enjoyed taking the late-afternoon bus ride to the casino in Atlantic City. Certainly, at the age of 88, they both deserved to have a little fun after raising their three kids in a most selfless and devoted way. Uncle Tony learned the printing bus...