Residents fondly remember Italian heritage in Pitcairn

Oct 12, 2013 1223

by Kyle Lawson

There was a time when the Italian Club on Eighth Street in Pitcairn was booming.

"This was the place everybody came to on a Friday or Saturday night," treasurer Rich Tartaglione said. "And on a Sunday after church, every table was full."

As Italians across the country celebrate their heritage on Columbus Day this year, Italian families in Pitcairn reminisce about a time on the hill when comforts of the old country were around every corner. An Italian bakery, barbershop, shoe-repair shop and convenience store were a few of the businesses. There were more than 500 Italian Club members in the 1950s and 1960s, said head trustee Junior Ventresco, whose father and five uncles were among them.

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