The first committee was convened to consider a possible celebration event to honor the heritage handed to us by our forefathers. The committee was asked to consider a golf tournament as a possible activity to communicate the theme. They were unanimous in their response that a golf tournament of this magnitude would never fly, especially in our geog...

South Philly native Mario Lanza will always be known as one of the best tenors the world has ever seen. And a continuous effort forges forward to make sure he won’t be forgotten. Now in its fifth home in Philadelphia, the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum is open for business at its new location at 1214 Reed St. in Passyunk Square. Photos, movie pos...

Following a fiscal year that shattered franchise development records,  Fazoli’s  is taking its expansion strategy to the next level with its most aggressive goal yet. Fazoli’s ended its fiscal year in March, with a record 20 new franchise agreements to develop 50 locations, exceeding the most agreements Fazoli’s had signed in a single year in its 3...

The protesters who made their way through Center City on the first day Philadelphia saw mass demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd were looking for places to direct their anger. They came upon the statue of Frank L. Rizzo, the late mayor and police commissioner whose legacy so perfectly captured the style of policing they were fightin...

Thousands of people typically take to the streets in Lackawanna County for Memorial Day weekend for the annual St. Ubaldo Day festivities. For the second year in a row, it was canceled due to the pandemic. However, that did not stop the St. Ubaldo Society in Jessup from celebrating all together. The festival has been held in conjunction with one in...

After a summer off because of COVID-19, the popular Labor Day weekend festival will return Sept. 3 through 6 to its usual environs on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. This will be the 45th La Festa Italiana. "It was nice to have a year off," joked Chris DiMattio, active in organizing the food and entertainment festival since 1988, and presid...

Musician and composer, farmer, patron, inventor of the copyright and “historical” figure: Francesco Izzo narrates Giuseppe Verdi, whose music is the most performed worldwide and who had to fight censorship throughout his life. We invite you to join us for Giuseppe Verdi Lecture by Francesco Izzo – click the link below to register to the community o...

Roast Pork with Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Hero is a signature dish hailing from the great city of Philadelphia where many Italian immigrants settled.  It was originally created by Domenico Bucci, an Italian immigrant. This sandwich is a sibling to the famous Philly Cheesesteak.  In fact, we like it better.   As for the history of this dish, Bucci...

Philadelphia’s family-owned and operated Di Bruno Bros. has opened its newest market in the heart of downtown Wayne. The location at 385 W. Lancaster Ave. is an 8,000-square-foot Italian culinary marketplace. Situated along Route 30 at the intersection of Conestoga and Eagle roads and Lancaster Avenue, this is the company’s sixth and most evolved l...

We met so many wonderful paesani on our trip to Northeast Pennsylvania that we decided to make our way back to the western side of the Keystone State to seek out the Italian side of Pittsburgh, PA! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit the Steel City’s favorite Italian Pastry Shop, one of the nation’s finest museum collections dedicated to the...