It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...

The lawsuit between Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the city of Pittsburgh regarding the fate of the Schenley Park Columbus statue is in the discovery process, and a rally was recently held at the historical site where protestors demanded that the tarps be removed from the monument. Judge John McVay, who is presiding over the suit,...

There is a new effort underway to uncover the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America are pushing the new Ed Gainey Administration to block the removal of the 50-foot statue and uncover it. In the fall of 2020, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to uproot the statue with former Mayor Bill Peduto appr...

San Diego was a perfect start to our West Coast trip. But today, we're heading up to Los Angeles. No, not Hollywood. Not yet anyway. Instead, we're making a stop by a historic and special little town known as San Pedro. Join John, Rossella and Pat as they literally eat their way through America's NEWEST Little Italy. From the historic restaurants,...

Attorney George Bochetto, who is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, will hold a rally at Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue in Schenley Park on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Bochetto, a member of Italian Sons and Daughters of America, filed a lawsuit in late 2020 on behalf of ISDA to block the removal of the 50-foot Columbus statue, which was paid f...

The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum provides an incredible opportunity for inspired and creative artists to craft films that explore the Italian American experience. Record-breaking Hollywood directors Joe and Anthony Russo invite you to explore the present, past, and future of this unique and important cultural expression and identity....

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 group suing the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Bill Peduto to keep the statue of Christopher Columbus in place now alleges that the art commission’s vote to remove it is invalid because the mayor attempted to influence that vote. But the allegation seems to rest on a mischaracterized email from an art commissioner. Attorneys for the Italian Sons...

N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul is under fire by the Italian American community following a series of alarming decisions. Gov. Hochul walked in the Columbus Day parade on the morning of Oct. 11, then, hours later, she attempted to cancel the navigator’s namesake holiday by proclaiming Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. After a public outcry, she amended th...

If you've enjoyed following along as we seek out the Italian side of America, make sure not to miss the Second Season of "Greetings From Italian America"... coming to a screen near you this November! In the meantime, click above to watch what we've been up to! Greetings from Italian America is produced in partnership with the Italian Sons and Daugh...