On Wednesday, July 22, Philadelphia held hearings on whether the statue of Christopher Columbus should be removed from its place of prominence and honor in the heart of the city’s Italian-American community to a “storage facility.” Many voices were heard, many stories were told, and the statue still stands.  Regardless of what the city decides, eit...

Sharp cultural divides over racism, history and police violence took center stage at the first public hearing on Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from a South Philadelphia park. For more than five hours, a diverse cast of Philadelphians debated over Zoom the city’s case for removing the statue — a conversation...

Today, the American Italian Food Coalition (AIFC) donated hundreds of Italian chocolates, coffee, pasta, and other goods to two Philadelphia nursing homes – Little Sisters of the Poor and Ann’s Choice. The donation represents a token of gratitude to everyone who has stepped up to provide care for seniors during COVID-19. “We are grateful for the in...

City leaders made their case Wednesday for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia. The city cited public safety concerns and feedback from the community when it asked the Art Commission for approval to take down the statue at Marconi Plaza during a virtual hearing. They are looking to remove the statue from its current...

It was the summer of 1994 when I first experienced a special gift from God.  My wife and I were attending the funeral of my Uncle Vincent Massari Sr. at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia.  Uncle Vincent was a wonderful family man who now was being honored at his mass of Christian Burial.  As you would expect,...

Supporters of the 106-foot, 28-year-old, $1 million Christopher Columbus monument in the park at Penn’s Landing have sued the park’s nonprofit manager, which they say broke an agreement to maintain the monument. . America 500 Anniversary Corp., which raised funds to donate the statue in 1992, is seeking a Common Pleas Court preliminary injunc...

In 2018, Valente’s Italian Specialties opened in Haddonfield as a small market; with shelves of specialty items, cured meats hanging from the ceiling, and pre-made meals from family recipes. However, after opening a small sandwich shop inside the space to offer atypical products for Valente’s, an idea sparked. Now, Valente’s Cucina mixes “South Phi...

Philadelphia’s Gran Caffe L’Aquila is no stranger to tragedy. In fact, the landmark Italian concept in Center City was born out of it. When the original cafe in L’Aquila, Italy, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2009, the local location was designed and built in the European country before being shipped to Philadelphia piece by piece. The authentic...

San Rocco Festa won’t happen in 2020. Organizers of Beaver County’s three-day Italian festival, which debuted in 1925 in Aliquippa, agreed that efforts to combat the coronavirus made it necessary to cancel this year’s event scheduled for mid-August. “Instead, we will be focusing this year on the most important parts of our celebration: the San Rocc...

La comunità italo-americana di Philadelphia si prepara a combattere la proposta del sindaco Jim Kenney di rimuovere la statua di Cristoforo Colombo, un gesto che considerano alla stregua di "un attacco a tutti noi". A farsi portavoce della protesta è Marco Circelli, direttore esecutivo di Filitalia International & Foundation, un'organizzazione non...