Bar Marco celebrated its 10th anniversary on New Year’s Eve. The milestone is a relative rarity in the restaurant world, where, according to a report by Perry Group International, the average lifespan of a restaurant nationally is approximately five years, with many restaurants closing well before that. What’s made Bar Marco last this long when so...

Before “This Is Us,” Milo Ventimiglia had only a cursory familiarity with Pittsburgh. The Southern California native had been here a few times doing branded-content work with American Eagle Outfitters at its South Side headquarters, but he had never thought too critically about what it means to be a yinzer. That changed when he got the role of Jack...

In October 2020, in the wake of a boiling anti-Columbus movement, ISDA President Basil M. Russo was unanimously elected by his peers to lead the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. Within a matter of weeks, COPOMIAO became an incubator of advocacy and activism focused on addressing longstanding issues that were undermi...

In the early 2010s, a pack of ambitious young-gun chefs and restaurateurs ushered in a new golden age of dining in Pittsburgh that earned a lofty national profile the city had never before seen. East End restaurants Dinette, Spoon and Legume had already set the tone for a renaissance. Meat & Potatoes re-established Downtown as a chic dining destina...

Attorneys for the City of Pittsburgh said that a lawsuit filed against it last year to save the Christopher Columbus statue at Schenley Park ought to be dismissed because the organization that filed it doesn’t have standing. In documents filed last week in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, the city said the group suing it, the Italian Sons and D...

The Feast of Seven Fishes is a hallmark Christmas Eve tradition in Pittsburgh’s Italian-American households. The celebration took root in many regions of the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s as Italians began to immigrate en masse to the country and share their culinary heritage. “We can’t go back and say it comes from one person or...

In the decades before 22-year-old rookie Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception—considered the greatest play in NFL history—the Pittsburgh Steelers were mostly awful. From its inception in 1933 to 1971, the team posted seven winning records and no playoff victories.  "They were a poem that didn't rhyme," says Bill Hillgrove, the team's longtime radio...

Pittsburghers embraced Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on his previous visit to the Steel City. “What I certainly remember is the warm welcome that I received here,” said Bocelli, who will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena. “Many have also spoken enthusiastically about Pittsburgh — its history, imbued in culture and art; its important...

Beth Talarico was a little kid with an urgent question that needed a straight answer after her family’s annual schlep up to Erie to her Italian grandmother’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. “I'm like, ‘Dad, I gotta talk to you,’” she said. Then she dropped the bomb: “Why does gram’s spaghetti sauce taste [funny]?” Her father Joe laughed and explain...

The holidays are happening at the Carnegie Museum of Art where many families make an annual pilgrimage to see the holiday trees and the 250-year-old Italian nativity called the Presepio. Every Saturday afternoon through December 18, the Museum has live concerts among the trees, and if you want to learn more about the Precepio, there are drop-in “ar...