When COVID hit, a Center City restaurant saw a huge drop in business. But the owner found an opportunity to use his kitchen to give back. It’s morning at Pagano’s Market and Bar, and they’re cooking and packing an Italian feast. “It’s such a great feeling. to be putting all our efforts into these meals,” said Matt Pagano. He says these meals are ke...

Philip M. Mancuso was an institution in his own right, a master cheese maker, raconteur, and water ice wizard who proudly maintained his family’s 81-year-old Italian grocery on East Passyunk Avenue, where he often handed slices of his legendary fresh ricotta to customers with a song. Angelo R. Scuderi led the behind-the-scenes career of a night bak...

Not long ago I received a surprise phone call from, Bob, a childhood friend who lived across the street.  He decided to touch base to make sure all was well in light of the Coronavirus that the world’s brightest minds are trying to outsmart.  It was great to hear from my old pal who went on from 64th and Buist Ave. in Southwest Philly to become Dr....

I am pleased to announce the 2021 Italian Week organized by myself and the Italian division at Loyola University Maryland that will be held virtually on ZOOM from February 21 to 25. The topic this year is Little Italies: the Impact and Importance of Italian Language, Heritage, and Culture in the U.S.  Our own Dr. Marc De Simone from Baltimore will...

Dear Mayor Kenney, The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations is a coalition of the 50 largest and most influential Italian American organizations throughout our country. On behalf of all of our member organizations I write to express our collective shock and indignation concerning your insulting and divisive Executive Ord...

Philadelphia’s mayor has decided that it’s no longer acceptable to celebrate Columbus Day. The Delaware Valley has always honored its Italian-American citizens on the Sunday closest to Oct. 12 by holding a parade through the heart of South Philadelphia. I would always go, as a child, even though I lived a good part of my life in Havertown. The para...

Growing up in an Italian family, all my family gatherings were centered around food. My grandmother taught me at a young age what a good sauce is supposed to taste like and how to properly salt a pot of water for pasta.  Throughout the years, it has been a challenge to find great Italian food at restaurants that can rival my grandmother's cooking,...

City Councilmember Mark Squilla is opposing the city’s decision to change the designation of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the executive order on Jan. 27, which will immediately change the 2021 holiday, which falls on Oct. 11.  “I strongly support a holiday for our Indigenous peoples,” Squilla said in a lengthy st...

La comunità italo-americana di Philadelphia, assieme a quella residente nel Commonwealth della Pennsylvania e negli Stati Uniti d’America, considera l’ordine esecutivo del sindaco di Philadelphia Kenney di eliminare il Giorno di  Cristoforo Colombo a Philadelphia come un obiettivo calcolato contro l'anima stessa degli italoamericani in questa nazio...

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order that adds a new holiday to the city calendar and changes the name of another. The changes are just one response to a series of racial justice protests. The executive order makes June 19, or Juneteenth, a city holiday until the end of the Kenney administration, in commemoration of the final...