Few Italian-Americans have made as big an impact on the world of baseball as 33-year-old, Francisco Cervelli. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Cervelli had an Italian immigrant father, Manuel, who encouraged him to play baseball during his youth in Venezuela. What happened next Cervelli could only have dreamt of when starting out in Venezuela. He was e...

When Nancy Campanella was growing up in South Philly during the Depression, she aspired to become an artist. One of nine children, she worked in her father’s grocery store after school and on weekends. She showed artistic talent while at South Philadelphia High School for Girls, and was offered an art-school scholarship but had to decline it beca...

Nothing beats a hearty plate of homemade spaghetti and meatballs, and it just so happens that our region’s rich history produces plenty of it. Many of our local Italian restaurants have been staples in their communities for decades. And if you don’t find their pastas appealing, there’s plenty of other tantalizing items on the menu. But don’t take o...

Visitors will notice the crisp chef hat with the blue stripe. It adorned the head of Bloomfield Groceria owner Rich Trocchio as he created a made-to-order hoagie for a customer Thursday. “You remember Isaly’s?” he asked, referring to one of Pittsburgh iconic family-owned dairies and restaurants. “This is an old Italy’s hat. It’s a classic.” Trocchi...

It has only been a little over a month since Taste Test closed its doors. But a new restaurant will soon be reviving the vacant corner space at 101 S. Duke St. Aviano's Corner Trattoria & Bar is slated to open at the former site of the Taste Test incubator, according to a news release from O.N.E. Hospitality.  "Aviano’s is kind of the opposite of o...

For 25 years of business, Rusticana Pizza's owners, Joann and Tony Genova, have done the same thing every morning; get up, and eat a slice of pizza.  "My parents too, when we started in the business back in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, that was the tradition," Joann Genova said. "Have a slice of pizza, the first pizza that comes out of the oven, so...

Request for Proposal for Design, Leasing of display structures and Services for the Italian Pavilion (1600 sq. ft.) at BIO 2019 – June 3-6, 2019, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.  The Italian Trade Agency will be participating with an official Pavilion at the at BIO 2019 – June 3-6, 2019, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphi...

Sorry but I just can’t do it!  For the last 50 years or so, I can’t enjoy my favorite pizza or pasta unless I top it off with crushed red hot pepper.  As I was growing up I soon learned that my Italian-American family was like most of the others I knew.  There was always a place for the long hot peppers in the vegetable garden.  And aside from the...

On this week’s “Taste With Tori,” Vittoria Woodill takes us to a family-owned Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Horsham. The owners of U’Panzerott promise to bring a taste of Italy to you with their authentic Italian cuisine. With a glimpse of their wood-fired oven, your belly will be burning for their kind of Italian. “We cook in our way, I mean...

Where can you go to experience Italian food, fashion and local celebrities? The 57th Annual ISDA Celebrity Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon! On April 28 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburg, you can feast your eyes on the latest looks modeled by our models on the glimmering runway. Global women’s fashion brand Joseph Ribcoff will be featured on...