The people who paid for the Frank L. Rizzo sculpture removed from Center City in 2020 say they're close to having it returned, pending settlement of a long-running lawsuit. The bronze monument of Philadelphia's former mayor and police commissioner remains a divisive symbol, and its removal was among the most visible changes sparked by racial justic...

“Joe the Boss,” as everyone calls him, is getting ready to open his brand new, classic Italian restaurant at 2655 S. 18th Street in the Melrose neighborhood of South Philly. In the restaurant business for over 30 years, he’s had his own restaurants (Pasta Cucina in the Bellevue Hotel) and even worked with Steve Martorano of Café Martorano fame in F...

Filitalia International, a leading Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian heritage worldwide, is excited to announce several significant developments, including the approval of new Chapters, upcoming 4th Annual Heroes Award & La Festa della Repubblica Celebration, upcoming District of Italy Convention in Rome an...

Every year, the S. 9th Street Italian Market Festival brings unique traditions out for the public to enjoy, and 2024 will be no different with the date set for this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Taking place throughout the iconic and historic Philadelphia landmark (aka the Italian Market itself), locals and visitors will be able to walk thro...

National Hoagie Day has now come and gone, and as folks around the country enjoyed the official sandwich of Philadelphia, Metro asked those in and around the city about their hoagie of choice. Whether your taste buds prefer the homestyle taste of the always-popular ham and cheese or the crisp and tangy taste of a tuna hoagie, there’s a hoagie out t...

Ten years ago a museum of exceptional passion for our country dedicated to Italian emigration was born in Philadelphia. It was Filitalia International that created it, a wonderful organization founded by a remarkable man, Pasquale Nestico. Today his son Saverio heads Filitalia, and he is one of those leaders who guarantee the Italian American commu...

Giusepppe Venuti was born Sept. 16, 1903, in Philadelphia. Joe was known throughout his life as being a jokester and using hyperbole to explain his early life. Did he study violin at a Milan Conservatory, learn from his grandfather or did he pick it up on his own? Whatever his true beginnings, he became the first jazz violinist. After World War I J...

For one weekend each year, the nation’s oldest outdoor continuous market transforms into Philadelphia’s largest block party. With more than 120 vendors, live entertainment, and an action-packed schedule of activities, the South 9 th Street Italian Market Festival will once again showcase the rich history and culture of this historic Philly landmark...

Anthony Roth Costanzo was hired Thursday as general director and president of Opera Philadelphia and will continue his career as a leading countertenor while taking over an ambitious company dealing with post-pandemic economic challenges. "Even though I’m an opera singer, it’s my job to ensure the health of this art form I love,” he said in an inte...

On April 24, 2024, the General Consulate of Italy in Philadelphia will host the opening reception of the exhibit "The Filangieri-Franklin Correspondence: an Enlightening Dialogue Between Italy and the USA." This exhibit, curated by Professor Amedeo Arena of the University of Naples Federico II, delves into the letters exchanged between Neapolitan E...