t’s great to be bilingual and there’s an easy way to learn Italian and it doesn’t cost much. The West Shore Sons of Italy is proud of its heritage and members show it through their love of the Italian language. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful languages in the world,” language instructor Santo Paese said. Every Sunday afternoon and every Mon...

Initially dedicated in 1979 to honor the locally famous Palumbo family who helped many Italian-Americans assume daily life upon immigrating to the city, the Palumbo Recreation Center has since aged and has come to require maintenance. The City of Philadelphia, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Capital Projects Office and the Office of Cou...

School officials unveiled a plaque on Friday morning dedicating the School 16 media center to Italian-American trailblazer Mary Augusto who founded “The Italian Voice” newspaper and was the first woman to run for mayor in the Silk City. “My mother believed in trying to do good for people,” said Augusto’s daughter Cesairna Augusto Earl. When Augusto...

The corner-stall fishmonger in the "South 9th Street Curb Market" – titled as such from a historic plaque on the northeast corner of 9th and Christian streets – is as well-known as any fruit or vegetable vendor, shoe cobbler, dry-goods procurer or rare bookseller has been to the block. And the sale of freshly caught fish, crabs and other denizens o...

Everyone in my family loves the Italian American comfort of a good breaded cutlet. There’s simply great satisfaction in the hot crunch and delicate chew of one done fresh and right — a thin sheet of tender meat cloaked in a seasoned and greaseless crust, blushing with just a thin but deeply zingy red smear of bright marinara. At Cotoletta in Belmon...

Enjoy Italian food and wine — from meatballs and moscato to cannolis and chianti — at the second annual Bethlehem Italian Festival, noon-8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard in downtown Bethlehem. The free event, hosted by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, features a wine trail ($30, advance; $35, day of festival), which inc...

Beyond the red neon sign at the entrance to this innocuous rowhouse on South 12th Street., there’s a little vestibule and a door with no handle. We press the antique buzzer, and a narrow window slides open to reveal doorman Guido Martelli’s friendly face: “Membership card, please.”  The reedy tunes of a live accordion filter past him through the op...

In a city already packed with classic Italian-American restaurants, old and new, we always wonder that more continue to open. There are surely unplumbed depths to the many regional cuisines of Italy, but what more remains to be said in the language of red sauce? Perhaps it’s the appeal of the tried and true. A menu of pizza, lasagna and fettuccine...

Those who knew Gennaro "Jerry" Malvone knew that he was a man who enjoyed to laugh. Jerry once owned a Cadillac Eldorado that had an automatic start button on the keys. One day, he was standing at the door of his original Jerry and Sal's Pizza location when he saw a friend walking by. As his friend walked by his car, he hit the automatic start and...

It is no accident that many films shown on television between Memorial Day and D-Day the following week (June 6) center around World War II. After all, with more than 16 million men and women under arms, it was easily the largest and deadliest war ever fought by the United States. Only a tiny percent of them are still alive, and only one of them is...