Many of Lidia Bastianich's best culinary creations begin with two words: “Company's coming!” The Emmy Award-winning public television host, restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author has a flair for entertaining guests that runs the gamut from extravagant to simple – from a formal sit-down dinner or a holiday gathering, to a buffet, barbecue or...

LaScola’s Italian Ice, whose carts are common fixtures at local events and whose packaged ices and custards can be found at several local stores, is opening its first store at 1218 N. Euclid Ave. in Highland Park. Saturday and Sunday, LaScola’s Italian Ice and Custard will be holding a soft opening from noon to 7 p.m. each day. It’ll have a grand o...

Just below the Phipps Conservatory in Oakland stands a majestic statue of Christopher Columbus. And on Columbus Day, it stood defaced with red paint. “This has been happening over the past twenty years. For some reason, folks don’t care for Christopher Columbus,” Pittsburgh city operations chief Guy Costa told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Mo...

When Martinez Vice Mayor Debbie McKillop was invited to meet a delegation from Pittsburg’s sister city, Isola Delle Femmine, in the Palermo district of Sicily, she thought she simply would be representing Martinez, whose most famous native son, Joe DiMaggio, traced his ancestry to that Italian city. What she found instead were family ties of her ow...

What better place to be noticed by a professional Italian singer than through a video of you singing at a restaurant in Italy? That's how Lower Burrell's Colin Aikins was discovered by Italian singer Giada Valenti, a Venice native, who saw and heard him performing through a friend's post on Facebook. The young tenor's voice inspired Valenti so much...

Italian Heritage Day is an annual program offered by the Senator John Heinz History Center that occurs on the first Sunday of October. The main objective of Italian Heritage Day is to offer fun, interactive activities for families to learn about Italian American history and culture together. All activities, which are facilitated by local organizati...

The Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC) is an international organization based in Calabria, the southernmost region of Italy. Founded by Rabbi Barbara Aiello, whose Jewish ancestry includes B’nai Anusim (Italians whose ancestors were forced into adult baptism and Christian conversion during Inquisition times), is the founding directo...

Today the US District Court Western District of Pennsylvania and the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Pittsburgh presented an event on the Italian influence on the American Constitution, focused on the role of Cesare Beccaria, Gaetano Filangieri and Filippo Mazzei, with the participation of a delegation of judges and professors from Italy. The event...

Fresh off the success of last year’s historic boxing matches between Pittsburgh and Cuba, the Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund will be among the sponsors of an Oct. 9 program involving some of Italy’s finest young boxers at the Priory on Pittsburgh’s North Side. “This is another chance for them (local young boxers) to fight on a big stage against som...

Youngstown's favorite Italian American boxer and lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is organizing a match between amateur boxers in Youngstown and Pittsburgh against the motherland Italy. The event "Youngstown Versus Italy" will be at the Covelli Centre October 5 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Organizers said that proceeds will benefit...