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Here in Philly, the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes — a massive, seafood-packed meal in honor of the holiday — is a well-known and oft-celebrated event for Italian American families. But when he was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1960s and ’70s, Blaise Tobia never heard of it. So, when he came to Philadelphia to work at Drex...

In the decades before 22-year-old rookie Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception—considered the greatest play in NFL history—the Pittsburgh Steelers were mostly awful. From its inception in 1933 to 1971, the team posted seven winning records and no playoff victories.  "They were a poem that didn't rhyme," says Bill Hillgrove, the team's longtime radio...

As part of the activities to support the promotion of Italian language and culture under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, a meeting was held at the Auditorium of the Italian Embassy in Washington between the students of the Liceo Parentucelli/Arzela' of Sarzana in the province of La Spezia (connected remotely) with students of Italian from Ann...

Gary Irwin still remembers his first day at Roxbury High School. He met veteran football coach Jim Fiorello in the physical education department office. Fiorello said, "You don't need to be nervous, as long as you make my coffee every day." Irwin said facetiously, but Fiorello at least pretended to be serious. Irwin made a pot of coffee every morni...

Hoboken is rife with homages and images of its native son Frank Sinatra, who grew up in the mile-square city after his birth in 1915. But there's never been a statue of the crooner there — until now. This Sunday, on what would have been the late singer's 106th birthday, Tina Sinatra, Joe Piscopo, and other dignitaries will be part of a celebration...

A tie that continues to develop and grow stronger with the work and research of many young researchers in the fields of science and humanities. This is the bond between Italy and the United States which was celebrated during the annual event of ISSNAF, the foundation that brings together thousands of Italian scientists and academics working in labo...

Sometimes even the most creative chefs need a side project. Take, for example, Bertrand Chemel, whose work at 2941 in Falls Church made it my No. 1 restaurant this year. And we food critics can’t live on fine dining alone. Sometimes, we all just want a pizza. That’s why this weekend, a visit to Pizzeria Orso, also in Falls Church, was a match made...

Two business owners who have roots in the Chatham community plan to open the doors soon to their family-friendly, Chatham Plaza restaurant, "The Shop." The eatery is going to be in the 2,300-square-foot space for a long-term lease in the Levin Management Corporation retail center on Main Street, in Café Villa's former space. "Chatham Plaza shoppers...

“Puro Gusto, born in Milan in 2006 and now found in 10 countries around the globe, opens its first U.S. location today, at 1345 F Street NW., a short walk from the White House and National Mall. An authentic all-day Italian café celebrating the habits and rituals of the Italian people, Puro Gusto’s focus will span from morning ’til night. “Puro Gus...

A man convicted of knocking over the Christopher Columbus bust at the Lancaster County Courthouse and shattering a glass door pane at the courthouse's Duke Street entrance in June will spend up to nine years in prison, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. Francisco Rodriguez Jr., 34, who police said was homeless when they i...

A popular Valley restaurant has expanded, but not with another restaurant location. Instead, it’s bringing an authentic Italian market to the Friendly City. Vito’s Italian Kitchen now has Vito’s Italian Market open right next door to its Harrisonburg location. Owners Katharine Corgan and Vito Pellerito hope it brings something new and vibrant to to...

When it comes to homemade Italian food, sometimes the simple dishes are the most impressive. That’s certainly true at Aldo’s Ristorante in Virginia Beach, where spaghetti is among the most popular orders. Of course, we’re not talking about your generic spaghetti and meatballs dish, but rather, a masterpiece of homemade pasta, sauce, and herbs. This...