Youngstown State University has named its first endowed visiting professor: Alyssa Falcone. During the 2019-2020 school year, she will teach upper level Italian literature and Italian-American studies courses, as well as conduct research in the academic field. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Falcone to YSU and to have her share with us, our student...

IF it’s August, it must mean once again that nearly everyone in the Mahoning Valley is Italian – at least for a weekend or two or three. This weekend, the sights, the sounds and the smells – ooh, those savory smells – of the Italian Republic are enveloping Central Square in downtown Youngstown for the 34th Annual Greater Youngstown Italian-American...

The 34th annual Greater Youngstown Italian Fest will take over Central Square this weekend, where it will again create the unique atmosphere of an authentic city street festival. There will be dozens of food vendors, boccie and morra, a beer and wine bar and nonstop Italian entertainment on two stages. And in the middle of it all will be Steve Fazz...

It’s a sign summer is more than halfway over already. On Wednesday, volunteers were busy setting up this year’s Italian festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in Youngstown. Vendors were getting their trailers ready for this weekend while the familiar big tent for bands is already in place. Organizers are looking ahead to a warm and sunny we...

Ben Lariccia and Joe Tucciarone, authors of the new book “Coal War in the Mahoning Valley: The Origin of Greater Youngstown’s Italians,” will give a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli 3135 Belmont Ave. Admission to the presentation, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is $6 ($5 for society...

Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country, viewed by their powerful northern counterparts as corrupt and unciviliz...

Marco Antonelli nacque ad Agnone nel 1857 ed emigrò negli Stati Uniti d’America all’età di sedici anni. Il giovane trovò lavoro come “portatore d’acqua” proprio mentre lo sciopero dei minatori a Coalburg, Hubbard Township, stava fallendo. Sebbene non fosse un “crumiro“, si unì alla folla di italiani che erano stati destinati alle miniere di Coalbur...

The city’s new amphitheater will be open next summer, but the Greater Youngstown Italian Festival – the largest annual downtown event – plans to stay right where it is. John Rossetti, chairman of the festival, offered some reassurance to those who think this will be the festival’s final year on Federal Street, where it has become a tradition. The p...

A popular summer festival is coming back to the Valley this weekend.  The 33rd Annual Greater Youngstown Italian Festival starts Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5 in Central Square downtown. A press release detailed there will be road closures before and during the event. Phelps Street to Walnut Street, as well as Commerce Street to Boardma...

From Thursday July 26 at 5PM to Sunday July 29 at 10PM EDT. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Festival-Youngstown - 343 Mount Carmel Ave, Youngstown, OH 44505. Sunday Noon Mass & Procession:The procession will start at 1 PM after the noon mass. It will be led by a group of the church’s youth bearing the flags of Italy’s Regions and process down via...