Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born. The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments a...

Carmella Mary Rizzo, 101, of Chestnut Hill, the tiny but powerful force behind the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, died Sunday, July 15, of respiratory failure at her home.Mrs. Rizzo was born in 1916 during World War I. The daughter of first-generation Italian Americans, she was one of seven children, and she understood the meaning of earni...

While Bella Vista will always have strong ties to the history of Philadelphia’s Italian community, the neighborhood has historically served as a starting-out point for new Philadelphians since it began to be settled in the 1840s. The first inhabitants of Moyamensing Township were Irish immigrants and freed African-American slaves who had migrated u...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

Walls of the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum, located on the first floor of the Columbus House at 712 Montrose St., have slowly muted and dated. However, some individuals are brushing dust off the memorabilia — and memory — of the prolific opera vocalist and film star. In December, after the merged parish of St.Paul and St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi...

John Neil Minichino, Sr., 72, beloved husband of Suzanne, passed away June 11, 2018 at home surrounded by family in Sandy.  John fought a valiant 25-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. John was born on October 18, 1945, to George and Marie Jean (DiPasquale) Minichino.  He grew up in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood in south Philad...

On a quiet, two-lane road that connects the former railroad town of Altoona to State College, you smell the pasta sauce before you spot the rides, the pizza, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You smell the sauce before you enter the factory offices of DelGrosso Foods. Before you find Joe DelGrosso, chief of the family sauce business, at a conference ta...

Craving gelato? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top gelato sources in Philadelphia, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your sweet tooth. 1. Capogiro Gelato Topping the list is Capogiro Gelato's Washington Square West location, which is one of the local brand's four shops around town....

Il Comitato degli Italiani all'Estero che da sempre promuove la cultura italiana e la diffusione della nostra lingua a Philadelphia, ha celebrato, con orgoglio, il 72esimo Anniversario della nascita della Repubblica Italiana e dei valori di libertà, solidarietà, del lavoro, dell'uguaglianza e della pace su cui si fonda la nostra Carta Costituzional...

Nel 2018, l’Italia partecipa per la prima volta alla fiera della alta formazione NAFSA a Filadelfia con un padiglione istituzionale. La fiera, che si svolgerà nella città americana dal 29 maggio al 1 giugno, è la più grande manifestazione di settore a livello internazionale. Ogni anno vi partecipano centinaia di università e istituti di formazione...