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From his humble beginnings as an Italian-born American who devoted his time to becoming a weightlifter to ultimately headlining Madison Square Garden as a professional wrestler, Bruno Sammartino’s penchant for being one of the most popular Italian-Americans in the Pittsburgh region sparked a long-lasting and rewarding career. Pittsburgh has been ho...

Jean Leisher has until the end of March to learn how to make tiramisu from the man who may have invented it. She’d never cooked professionally until this year. But today, she’s working in the kitchen of Piedigrotta, an Italian bakery bordering Little Italy. Her teachers are Antonio and Bruna Iannaccone, who have owned the shop since 2002, but are n...

Constantino Brumidi (1805–1880) is best known for the murals he painted in the United States Capitol over a 25-year period, including the Apotheosis of Washington, the Frieze of American History and the walls of the Brumidi Corridors. His artistic vision was based on the wall paintings of ancient Rome and Pompeii and on the classical revivals that...

The city’s school board approved a measure to name the media center inside the new School 16 building after Italian-American trailblazer Mary Augusto, who founded “La Voce Italiana” or “The Italian Voice” newspaper and was the first woman to run for mayor in the Silk City. Augusto died in 1982. To preserve her memory, Augusto’s daughter, Cesairna A...

Friday, May 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Heinz History Center. 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA,15222. $20 adults, $15 seniors, students, military, and History Center members. Next Friday, join the Alia Musica Pittsburgh and the History Center's Italian American Program for the last concert of the 2016-17 season.  The culmination of Quince Ensemble's reside...

Half-brothers Victor Fogelsonger and Roberto De Angelis met for the first time this week – more than 70 years after their father was swept up in World War II. The brothers have wanted to meet since learning about each other in 2009. “I’d always wanted a brother,” Roberto said. “This news came, and I had a brother. A big brother at that – four month...

OperaDelaware will celebrate the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth by performing “Semiramide” and “La Cenerentola” as a part of the company’s 2017 festival. Starting on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. OperaDelaware presents Rossini’s final Italian opera, “Semiramide.” This rarely performed masterpiece will appear again on May 7 at 2:00 p.m. Maes...

NHL and NBA players play for their native lands in world competitions. Stefano Biasini, who has won at the World Cup of Gelato for his native Italy, is flipping this tradition. He will compete for Team USA in the next Coppa del Mondo Di Gelateria, which will be held Jan. 20-24, 2018, in Rimini, Italy. Biasini, a partner in the Center City restauran...

Quando si dice Italia si dice cultura del cibo e prodotti gastronomici di qualità. Ma in un mondo  su cui pesa sempre più l’impatto della attività antropiche, con una popolazione crescente e risorse sempre più scarse, l’industria alimentare e il made in Italy affrontano nuove e decisive sfide. Di questi temi si è parlato alla Montclair State Univer...

Serving Saint Peter’s University for five decades, Eileen L. Poiani of Nutley will receive the institute’s honorary alumna award on Friday, May 5. The Saint Peter’s Hearts & Minds Scholarship Celebration will occur on Friday, May 5, at the Mac Mahon Student Center. Poiani, who holds a doctorate degree, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglas Reside...

Members of Corona D'Italia Lodge No. 807 held their monthly meeting on April 12 at Pizza Joe's. Clemmy Sirimarco, president, hosted the pizza luncheon served by secretary Jackie Perno, Esther Santillo and guard Lois DiFrischia. Historian Mary Jane Folino voiced the invocation and the business session followed with Louise Vitullo, treasurer, present...

Sons of Italy, Lodge 2561 recently donated to The Valerie Fund. Accepting a check from Sons of Italy President Joseph Jannarone is Bella Rocco, Parsippany. The Sons of Italy has been supporting The Valerie Fund for a number of year. The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood...