Love brought Joseph Rollo to America. He was a teenager from Sicily when he first visited the United States and met Anna Maria, the woman he would later marry. The couple sent letters back and forth across the Atlantic for about a year, and though he had never planned to live in America, she convinced him to attend college in the Philadelphia area....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Anthony Bellapigna is a natural-born builder, by skill and by nature. He builds and creates award-winning pizza pies and other entrees that draw customers from miles around. He builds strong and lasting relationships with hundreds of acquaintances, friends and customers in his community, as well as hundreds overseas. And he built Ariano, the old-wo...

19 April 2017, 5:30 pm. Cherpack Seminar Room, 543 Williams Hall - 255 S. 36th St. - Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss two moments in time, just before and after World War II, when Boccaccio enjoyed much less respect than today as a European writer, and as an Italian imm...

The Filitalia International & Foundation, a non profit organization that preserves and defends the Italian heritage and culture by encouraging the study of the Italian Language, has announced the selection of Marco Circelli as its new Executive Director. “We are very pleased to announce this new appointment,” reported Dr. Pasquale F. Nestico, MD, F...

Dino Puteri and Jeremy Morris are used to everyone mistaking them for brothers. The Scranton natives have been best friends since sixth grade, and as co-owners of Fratelli’s Pizza & Pasta House (“fratello” in Italian means “brother”), it’s no wonder so many folks think they’re related. “We never correct them because we feel like brothers,” Puteri s...