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With the recent passing of Allentown icon Lee Iacocca, I was struck by the impact an entrepreneur can make on a city, a country, a world. You see, Lido, as my dad liked to call him, spent his childhood in typical early 20th century humble beginnings, the same neighborhood my dad grew up in. Around Seventh and Allen streets in downtown Allentown,...

Pizza, Pasta & Wine – it’s the most delicious time of year at our Italian Festival & Wine Tasting! Bring your family and friends to savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music, visit our Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing! Stop by one of our bocce courts and have a family-friendly game. For only $10 enjoy 5 two-ounce samples of Ital...

Century-old pizzelle makers and chitarra pasta cutters hang from the ceiling over shelves of modern pressure cookers and Cuisinart air fryers. In a back corner, behind a wall decorated with family and employee photos and containers of coffee beans, Liana Ottaviani flips through the store’s 1962 mail-order catalog. “Look, we still have these,” Ottav...

My best friend in Baltimore forwarded me an email invitation to the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. It was hosted by Gambero Rosso, the global authority on Italian wine. I was pretty excited when I got a return email that said I was accepted to the tasting. I even went out and bought a new outfit from Men's Warehouse. I had to go with the bow t...

John Basilone, the only Marine in World War II to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, is revered here in the town where he grew up. But now he is also being honored in a small town in Italy near where Basilone's father grew up. He came to the United States in 1903. Colle Sannita, a town of about 2,400 people in the mountains about 5...

In the spring of 1957, for some inexplicable reason our father, Henry Sacchetti, decided that we should see how he made his living. Dad worked at the Westinghouse Electric Corp., at the Lester, PA plant.  Many Southwest Philly men did the same, with many others working at the General Electric facility at 67th and Elmwood Ave.  Being 10 years old wi...

North Italia, described as a "modern Italian concept," will open its doors in Reston Town Center on Wednesday, July 31. The restaurant will be located at 11898 Market Street and will span 6,400 square feet, offering lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch, according to a statement. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day (and unti...

On July 8-9, the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC hosted the conference "Italy, Europe and the US: facing inevitable change in a smart way," organized by Aspen Institute Italia. Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry delivered opening remarks, at the presence of Under Secretary of State at the Italian Minist...

Years before he decided to make boxing his everything, South Philadelphia’s Sonny Conto had visions of one day pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. The rising heavyweight prospect gets to merge those two worlds, even if only for a night. Conto will serve as the guest of honor for the Phillies’ 12th annual Italian-American Heritage Celebration ga...

Bareli’s offers the most creative Italian / Continental Cuisine in New Jersey. In addition, the interior is plush with part of the dining area in a garden-like atrium with a greenhouse window. In fact, all the surroundings have an aura of subdued opulence. They’re located on Route 3 East – just minutes from NYC as well as The Meadowlands. Also, don...

A new Italian specialty store is coming to the Linglestown area. Penne From Heaven announced on its Facebook page that it will open at 1019 N. Mountain Road in Lower Paxton Township on Saturday at 9 a.m. The store will have ravioli, cheesecakes, cookies, pastries, bread, imported products from Italy and other items for sale. A representative from P...

North Italia, a national chain which makes pizzas made from scratch, is opening in Reston Town Center this month. The 6,400-square-foot location will be the first in Northern Virginia. It is located at 11898 Market Street and will open on Wednesday, July 31. The restaurant is hosting a job fair at the Reston location this week on tomorrow (July 3),...