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Maryann Battaglia knew exactly what she wanted Tuesday morning at Papa's Food Market in Wilmington: A package of Napoletano Brothers "Springfield" brand of spaghetti and a double-helping of nostalgia. In keeping with tradition, she got both. Battaglia grew up in the city's Little Italy neighborhood that's been home to Papa's since 1927. And now, 50...

In its 13th year, the annual Teaching Italian Symposium at Montclair State University, held virtually via Zoom on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, was a testament to the commitment of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America and the Italian Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures that they uphold to the profe...

THEY BROUGHT THEM IN SUITCASES and in trunks, tucked into the corners of boats and, later, on airplanes. Seeds that became rapini, cardoons, artichokes, cucuzza squash. Cuttings from knobby grape vines that flourished into backyard arbors. And, above all, bits of stick that grew into fig trees. Starting in the late 1800s, when Italian immigrants po...

Lingua, Cultura e Servizio agli Altri. L’eterna visione di saper coniugare questi tre principi ha sempre contraddistinto Filitalia International & Foundation, organizzazione internazionale fondata e guidata dal dottor prof. Pasquale Nestico, composta dalla sede madre di Philadelphia, PA, 24 diversi capitoli tra gli Stati Uniti e l’Italia e un Museo...

Every time Paola Corso’s grandmother saw a church, she made the sign of the cross. Corso adopted her grandmother’s tradition when she crossed a bridge over one of the three rivers in Pittsburgh: “In the name of the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the holy Ohio, amen," became Corso’s personal prayer. In Vertical Bridges (Six Gallery Press), a new co...

I am very happy and proud to announce that the City Council of Philadelphia adopted a resolution on December 10, 2020 also naming the 1200 block of Reed St, on which the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mario Lanza's birth!The Mario Lanza Institute worked along with the local councilman and civ...

Calling it an “an historic day for our Italian and Italian American community,” on December 15, 2020, CISC President Francesco Isgro, together with CISC Chair Fr. Ezio Marchetto, Italian Embassy First Counselor Domenico Bellantone, & donor Commendatore Robert Facchina cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the Italian American Museum of Washington D...

Anthony Bianco, a life resident of Pittston, died Friday, Dec. 11. 2020, at Wesley Village, Pittston. He was the son of the late August and Lucille Sirignese Bianco. Tony graduated from Pittston High School, having lived right across the street for most of his life. He retired from Luzerne County Veterans Affairs after more than 30 years of service...

As I look back, it must have been in the early ’70’s. I was still living home in Philadelphia and it was a long hot summer. Not only was it hot but there was a severe drought in Pennsylvania. The drought was so bad that KYW radio decided to provide the public service of having an official from the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., based in Bryn Mawr...

Tracing its origins to Southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Christmas Eve spread revived by Italian-American families. DC-area restaurants are commemorating the holiday meal with multi-course seafood menus—and plenty of takeout and delivery options—on and around Thursday, December 24. Centrolina974 Palmer Aly., NW Amy Bran...

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Frank Chiarello Jr., 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Frank Sr. and Octavia Chiarello. Frank had three children, Frank F. Chiarello III, Dr. Mario Chiarello and Paul Chiarello. Frank was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He especially liked th...

Rig A Tony’s, a new pizzeria has officially opened in Downtown Jersey City, adding to the mix of places you can fulfill your late-night cravings. Located at 195 Newark Avenue, Rig A Tony’s took over the same spot where the former Cookies ‘N Crepes shop resided since it was founded in 2012. The official soft opening of the pizzeria took place on Bla...