Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

Maria Mastrantonio was among the hundreds who turned out on Saturday for Pittsburgh’s annual Columbus Day Parade and said it was comparable to the one in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. “I came for the parade, and then we have him here,” she said, nodding to her son, Antonio, who lives in Point Breeze. “It’s real nice.” Canceled last year after the d...

Pittsburgh’s annual Columbus Day parade will return to Bloomfield on Saturday, rain or shine. The parade was canceled last year after the death of a longtime organizer, Hank Blum. Guy Costa, one of the parade organizers, said the parade starts at 11 a.m. and runs along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield between Aspen and Ella streets. “Columbus Day is a...

When Katie Parla drops by DiAnoia’s Eatery next week, she will be stirring up conversations about classic foods from the Italian South as well as those that are disappearing and lost ones that are being revived. The author and cognizer of all things Roman is coming to town to celebrate the release of her cookbook, “Food of the Italian South: Recipe...

Sunday, October 6, 2019 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Free for children 17 & under. Regular History Center admission rates apply for adults. Tu e la tua famiglia are cordially invited to commemorate your italianità at the History Center with a full day of interactive activities designed with K-1...

Groceria Merante in Oakland is celebrating 40 years of filling Pittsburghers’ plates with authentic and imported Italian food. The family-owned market will hold an anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with food samples, cooking demos, bocce, Italian music and a visit from Mayor Bill Peduto. Co-owner Filomena Merante said she’...

Come Celebrate the Joy of Figs! September 15, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00PM. Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Click here for tickets: $35. Children age 11 and under free. Includes: Fig-based delicacies demonstrated and prepared by Vallozzi Exec Chef Josiah Henry; A complimentary fig-based Wigle cocktail crea...

A celebrity chef is rolling the dice on a new restaurant at Rivers Casino. Steve Martorano, who operates popular eateries in Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, will open Martorano’s Prime in late 2019. The menu will be a fusion of Italian-American cuisine and steakhouse staples. The upscale spot will replace Andrew’s Steak & Seafood, whi...

Authentic Neapolitan pizza and award-winning gelato has landed in O’Hara. Mercurio’s, a family owned and operated Italian eatery in Shadyside since 2012, opened a second location in June at 1335 Freeport Road. Three sibling co-owners, Anna Crucitt and Michael and Joe Mercurio, were raised around the original family gelato business that opened in 19...

One of the largest Italian festivals on the east coast is ready to take over the Steel City! Little Italy Days kicks off in the "little Italy" neighborhood of Bloomfield, Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Aug. 1. The four-day festival started in 2002 as a celebration of Italian heritage in Bloomfield and continues to grow each year. The 10 footba...