By spring of this year, the Boal Mansion and Museum will have an exciting new feature to share with scholars, historians and anyone else interested in artifacts of antiquity. More than 100,000 pages of ancient documents will appear in digital form, thanks to the efforts of two pairs of dedicated technicians and a crew of volunteers. This project ta...

With the recent passing of Allentown icon Lee Iacocca, I was struck by the impact an entrepreneur can make on a city, a country, a world. You see, Lido, as my dad liked to call him, spent his childhood in typical early 20th century humble beginnings, the same neighborhood my dad grew up in. Around Seventh and Allen streets in downtown Allentown,...

Century-old pizzelle makers and chitarra pasta cutters hang from the ceiling over shelves of modern pressure cookers and Cuisinart air fryers. In a back corner, behind a wall decorated with family and employee photos and containers of coffee beans, Liana Ottaviani flips through the store’s 1962 mail-order catalog. “Look, we still have these,” Ottav...

In the spring of 1957, for some inexplicable reason our father, Henry Sacchetti, decided that we should see how he made his living. Dad worked at the Westinghouse Electric Corp., at the Lester, PA plant.  Many Southwest Philly men did the same, with many others working at the General Electric facility at 67th and Elmwood Ave.  Being 10 years old wi...

Years before he decided to make boxing his everything, South Philadelphia’s Sonny Conto had visions of one day pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. The rising heavyweight prospect gets to merge those two worlds, even if only for a night. Conto will serve as the guest of honor for the Phillies’ 12th annual Italian-American Heritage Celebration ga...

A new Italian specialty store is coming to the Linglestown area. Penne From Heaven announced on its Facebook page that it will open at 1019 N. Mountain Road in Lower Paxton Township on Saturday at 9 a.m. The store will have ravioli, cheesecakes, cookies, pastries, bread, imported products from Italy and other items for sale. A representative from P...

Anthony "Tony" Joseph Cucuzella, 92, passed away July 5th at Lancaster General Hospital. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Theresa Randisi Cucuzella. He was World War II Navy Veteran serving on the USS Benevolent from 1944-1947. He owned his own barber shop until the time he passed away. He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus...

The horns played as the drummers kept the beat.  Fireworks exploded. The 2019 San Marziale Procession was about to set out from the front of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. The Sunday afternoon procession, led by a police vehicle and fire truck, included the 30-piece Our Boys' Band, townspeople, some carrying the statue of the patron saint, and...

On April 23, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, Italy, appointed guitarist Beppe Gambetta an ambassador of the city. Gambetta was honored for representing Genoa all over the world, specifically in the U.S. Gambetta, who has performed in all 50 states, will perform for the first time at Pastorius Park on Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. He will be accomp...

Following in the footsteps of the recent MLB signings of fellow Italian-born and developed pitchers Daniele Di Monte (Detroit Tigers) and Matteo Bocchi (Chicago Cubs), 17-year-old Azzurri lefty Samuel Aldegheri has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Expected to report to the Phillies Spring Training Facility in Clearwate...