If the air smells like pizza and cannoli and Italian tunes bounce off the buildings in downtown Scranton, then it must be time for La Festa Italiana.   The annual celebration of all things Italian returns this weekend to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, where thousands will flock from Saturday to Monday to indulge in food, music and fun....

Volunteers have been busy putting the final touches on plans for this year's La Festa Italiana to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p....

La Festa and Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood Restaurant recently presented Allied Services Integrated Health System with a donation of $2,500.   The funds were raised during La Festa Italiana as part of joint initiative by La Festa, Carl Von Luger and Banko Beverage. The donation will benefit the Ryan's Run 5 campaign and children and adult...

A piece of Scranton's Italian-American history is shutting down. After operating for more than 80 years, the Dante Literary Society has closed its social club in South Scranton. Members say there are several factors. First, the economy. Members say insurance and electricity rates have been rising and people just aren't spending...

by David Falchek   Last week, Italian winemaker Giorgio Rivetti spent two days in Scranton officiating at a candlelight winemaker's dinner at the Country Club of Scranton and a presentation for the Electric City Chapter of the American Wine Society.   The opportunity to meet the vintner and experience the wines of his La Spinetta and...

One of downtown Scranton's largest events is coming to the rescue of one of its most iconic landmarks. La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County will contribute up to $10,000 to renovate the Electric City sign overlooking Courthouse Square before the annual Labor Day weekend celebration of Italian culture and cuisine.   Chris DiMattio, La...

In the recent celebration of his 10th anniversary as a member of the Scranton chapter of UNICO, Blaise Alan Dente, of Pittston, was presented a proclamation for his years of service at the May meeting at St. Lucy 's Hall in Scranton.   Since 2005, Dente, along with his parents and Dente's Catering, has hosted a dinner meeting once a year. &...

by Caitlin Heaney West   Scranton chapter of UNICO hosts First Friday exhibit centering on Italian experience in NEPA. They came from thousands of miles away, leaving behind their families to cross the sea with little in their pockets beside their hopes.   This Friday, the Scranton chapter of UNICO National will celebrate the sac...

La Festa Italiana will be extended to four days this year, starting Friday, Sept. 4, and running through Monday, Sept. 7. Organizers decided to start early for the 40th annual festival, which traditionally spans Labor Day weekend, because it coincides with First Friday, said Christopher DiMattio, chairman of the La Festa committee.   Fe...

Back home in South Scranton, after serving in the military in the Korean War, Marty Tomarelli helped build the Dante Literary Society's social clubhouse and banquet hall.   That was 1953, when Mr. Tomarelli, now 85, and other men who belonged to the organization constructed the building on Prospect Avenue.   Read more   Source:...