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A number of Italian immigrants arrived in the uptown section of Pittsburgh in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were mostly Sicilians and Abruzzi. Work became available on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Hundreds of Italian families moved into Manchester, and other Northside neighborhoods. Ethnic churches sprang up all around Pittsburgh. A need for...

Bocce appeals to cultures throughout the world, from Europe to South America. But Italy lays the biggest claim to the pastime that combines elements shared with other leisurely games like bowling and croquet. In the U.S., bocce became most associated with Italian immigrants and has since grown to include fans and enthusiasts across the country.The...

Friday, August 19, 2022 7:00 pm. Madison Arts & Culture Alliance - 10 Lincoln Place - Madison, NJ 07940. Having given up on his American dream 20 years earlier, Nino Di Martino, a Sicilian lemon grower, returns in 1993 to seek treatment for lung cancer and is housed once again by his sister, Sali, in northern New Jersey. As this intimate immigrant...

The Little Italy neighborhood celebrated their history and culture of the area with the dedication of a new mural. The mural was installed on the exterior of the Odessa’s Place building located on West 18th Street. The mural is also said to provide wayfinding capabilities. The mural was painted by over 100 different community members over three wee...

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is returning to Clarksburg. On Wednesday, the Harrison County Commission granted festival organizers $3,000 in funding. County Commissioner David Hinkle says the festival is not only a staple for Clarksburg but for West Virginia and beyond. “It’s a very impo...

It can take years for people to find their own career path, or maybe even lifetimes, but Chef Joe Tartamella found his passion as a child. “All the kids were playing baseball with their dads, and we were connecting through food,” Tartamella says of his father. “That’s where my passion comes from.” Tartamella’s father was born in Sicily, and his par...

More than one hundred years ago, a group of Italian immigrants arrived in what is now known as the “Bunker Hill” section of Dunmore, Lackawanna County. These immigrants came from the small Southern Italian town of Guardia Lombardi, located east of the city of Naples in the Province of Avellino, and with them they brought along their traditions, inc...

The Ocean Township Italian Festival happens this weekend! This year marks the 46th anniversary of the fest. It’s also the 46th anniversary of the The Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean (IAATO) as an organization that is dedicated to children, families and the fostering of the Italian-American heritage and culture. The Italian Ame...

Bradford’s annual Festa Italiana is returning from a two-year hiatus. The festivities will include Italian food, live entertainment and fireworks. Mary Ann Colestro is the president of Festa Italiana. She said the event originated from smaller Saint Rocco’s Day celebrations in Bradford’s tight-knit Italian community. The LaStella Lodge and Auxiliar...

The United States Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George held a Southern Italian-style cocktail reception on Friday, July 22, at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, N.J., to benefit the restoration efforts of the Church of Sant’Agata de’ Goti in Rome, Italy. The event featured His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the...

The annual Little Italy Days festival will soon be back in Bloomfield. Liberty Avenue from Ella to Gross Streets will transform into the city's largest heritage festival from Aug. 18-21. "Little Italy Days is coming back for the 20th year, and it's going to be a fantastic day of entertainment and Italian pride," said recent KDKA retiree Paul Martin...

The old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” can literally apply to my vintage Leto family portrait (circa 1923). Therefore, you might say this famiglia photo of my Italian immigrant grandparents and their second-generation children has a story of at least a thousand words. Many of us who cherish and share our old family photos know th...