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The Eternal City has been a source of inspiration for artists of all times. On March 11th, join us for a one-of-a-kind historical, artistic, and emotional virtual tour of Rome as seen through the creations of Bvlgari.  During this webinar, art historian and curator Costantino D’Orazio will guide us through the city’s most iconic landmarks, from Pia...

If you look up “old school” in the dictionary, you should find a picture of Alan Angeloni. The owner of Angeloni’s II Restaurant & Lounge basically lives at his Ducktown establishment. When you walk in for dinner – now or 40 years ago – Angeloni probably greeted you at the door or was behind the bar chatting with customers. His personality can be t...

WHEN: March 8, 2021 at 12:30 PM (ET) - WHERE: Zoom Webinar - EVENT LANGUAGE: English When Michelangelo the Younger commissioned a 5-month pregnant Artemisia Gentileschi to paint the Allegory of Inclination on Casa Buonarroti’s ceiling, the fee was three times that of her male counterparts. Her allegorical depiction represented just one of many 'vir...

Philip M. Mancuso was an institution in his own right, a master cheese maker, raconteur, and water ice wizard who proudly maintained his family’s 81-year-old Italian grocery on East Passyunk Avenue, where he often handed slices of his legendary fresh ricotta to customers with a song. Angelo R. Scuderi led the behind-the-scenes career of a night bak...

Benjamin Portaro is closing in on a milestone achieved by fewer than 1% of Americans: He will mark his 100th birthday next month. But it almost ended 76 years ago for the Harrison Countian who was born in Italy, came to Anmoore as a toddler and went on to fight for the United States in the Battle of the Bulge. It was in that desperate fight to stop...

State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, the second longest-serving state senator in New Jersey history who was known for his political acumen and wit, died Saturday morning at Pascack Valley Hospital following a brief illness. He was 86 years old. His illness was not related to COVID-19. “Gerry, the dean of our caucus, was a trusted voice in the Senate for ne...

Ahh — bruschetta. BRUS-CHETTA if you’re saying it correctly. This Italian delicacy manages to pack every bite with flavor while also being a light dish, an app if you will. Traditionally, bruschetta is the perfect combination of grilled bread, olive oil, garlic, chopped tomato, and fresh basil, but there are many variations to be had. Luckily, Jers...

This week’s edition of “Ben’s Bites” takes us on a trip to Italy without leaving DuBois. Recognized as a downtown staple, Luigi’s Ristorante is highly regarded as some of the best food in the area. After receiving recommendations to visit for dinner, my wife and I made the short trip for a plate of pleasure. Here is a recap our our recent visit: Wh...

From A&M to Pucillo’s, Mancino’s, Mannino’s to Bartolo’s, Soprano’s and Trattoria Fratelli, it seems like Italian food is everywhere today in Central Pennsylvania. But that was not always the case. It was not until the middle of the 20th century that Italian cuisine was introduced to Lebanon County, but when it was, it caught on fast. During the 19...

Mario Scilipoti left his newly wed and, unbeknownst to him, pregnant wife behind in their mountainside Sicilian village when he departed for the United States. The 23-year-old did not speak English. He did not have, or need, a visa when his ship, the Patria, sailed past the Statue of Liberty and landed at Ellis Island. He did not have a lucrative j...

When: February 25, 2021 - 1:30 PM ET / (10:30 AM PT) - Where: Online Webinar - Event language: English- Registration Required - Register here! As part of our series of events commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, we are pleased to announce “Dante: a presentation by Alessandro Barbero”, a program organized by the Itali...

Not long ago I received a surprise phone call from, Bob, a childhood friend who lived across the street.  He decided to touch base to make sure all was well in light of the Coronavirus that the world’s brightest minds are trying to outsmart.  It was great to hear from my old pal who went on from 64th and Buist Ave. in Southwest Philly to become Dr....