For the last 60 years or so, the streets of Wilmington’s Little Italy have looked quite similar in the middle of each June. The Italian Festival brings food, music and carnival rides and games to thousands of visitors, but that was all missing in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It all returned this year, and patrons and volunteer...

These days, names like Capano, Pettinaro, and Robino are associated with business success, real estate development and acclaim.  But on a recent Thursday afternoon, the men who founded companies that became giants in Delaware gathered with other childhood friends from Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood to reminisce about days past. Although som...

Delaware Governor John Carney has reappointed Atty. Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr. chairman of the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, for a three year term, effective April 29. Mr. DiLiberto has served as chairman since being first appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in 2006, and has been reappointed by Gov. Jack Markell and Gov. Carney...

The theme for this year’s St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington is simply benvenuti: Welcome back, after two years of the world torn asunder by the pandemic. The festival – expected to draw tens of thousands people to St. Anthony of Padua Church on June 12-19 – succeeds because of extensive planning and the commitment of people to the parish...

The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to Delaware Theatre Company June 1-19, 2022. One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don't have to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this show. All you need to know is what it feel...

Photographer Geri Dibiase will bring her art to CAMP Rehoboth for a one-woman exhibition, As I See It…from Kodachrome to iPhone, on display from Saturday, June 4 to Saturday, July 2. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 5. After a successful 15 years as the owner of the Main Street Studio in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia,...

Jo-Ann Vega, born in the South Bronx of immigrant Italian grandparents and now living in southern Delaware, recently spoke to members of the Rehoboth Area Chapter of UNICO on the life of Fiorello LaGuardia and of her recent publication “Moments in Flight: A Memoir.” In her presentation, part of a series of lectures on celebrating Italian Americans,...

Serpe & Sons Bakery, which began as a humble baker of breads and tomato pies and grew into a landmark bakery that provides a full array of doughnuts, pastries, cakes and Italian specialty items to generations of customers in two states, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Started by Domenico and Lucille Serpe, the business opened its doors on Marc...

One way that Claire DeMatteis accomplishes so much is that she gets up at 4 a.m. Another is her sense of order. “I’m probably one of the most disciplined people that you ever met,” she said. “I’m very much a planner.” In January, she became secretary of the Delaware Department of Human Resources. That’s on top of serving on the boards of Nemours an...

You don’t have to be Italian to love the smell of pasta sauce simmering on the stove or to enjoy the taste of a yummy pasta dish. There is something so comforting about classic Italian food. And at Scalessa’s “My Way” Old School Italian Kitchen in Wilmington, they have perfected the art of amazing Italian dishes. So head over to this eatery, with i...