Tucked into the bustle of day-to-day life are hints of cultures that once dominated Southwestern Pennsylvania, brought by immigrants looking for work and new opportunities. Details come in the form of ethnic social halls, proud churches parishioners loyally attend on Sundays, and neighbors who have known each other for generations scattered through...

Thursday, September 24th 2020. 6:00 PM EDT. PI-Philly in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, is excited to present the next online event. We invite you to join us for the talk "Dante without Footnotes - Personal Reflections on the Divine Comedy". THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register Now In this pres...

Like many businesses, Café Italia in Pittston struggled during the height of COVID-19. Restaurants were disappointingly shut down for weeks, offering just take-out and curbside service. Thankfully, that’s changed as guidelines have been altered since the start of summer. Now, it’s getting “better by the day,” according to Alicia Marranca, who recen...

Back in 1913, my Grandma Maggie was 17 when our hometown of Scranton, Pa., exploded with the energy of the women’s suffrage movement. Women “street orators” preached women’s suffrage from the sideboards of model T Fords.“Votes for Women” flags waved, horns honked, crowds cheered. Suffragists climbed up onto stages at local movie houses to rally for...

Every summer for the last 16 years, the picturesque Italian town of Citta' della Pieve, (located between Rome and Florence), has hosted Karen Lauria Saillant's opera festival where guests were treated first-hand to beautiful world premiere Italian operas; a staggering 16 operas in 16 years. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the structure of...

The fate of a 62-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus that towers over Schenley Drive near Phipps Conservatory in Oakland will be decided Sept. 23 by the Pittsburgh Art Commission. Before the commission meets, it is working to gauge public sentiment about the statue, one of Pittsburgh-based Italian artist Frank Vittor’s most visible works. A vir...

The 2020 Scholarship Program of the UNICO National Foundation has granted more than $80,000 to college students on many levels and in many disciplines. The Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund awarded $2,500 to Giulia Randazzo of Milton, a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of Milton and...

Lou “Red” Vigliotti served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 and fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign in the jungles of Philippines. While there, he contracted malaria, but his service did not waiver and he continued to fight for his country.  In addition to various honors and medals, he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star for his heroism and...

Organized in conjunction with the dedicated artist room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  this series of online conversations will focus on the work of pioneering Italian artist Marisa Merz (1926-2019). Join us as international scholars and curators pay homage to Merz’s life and legacy and meditate on aspects of the artist’s practice that are ofte...

Greetings from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame! The decision to cancel the 34th annual NIASHF banquet was a difficult one, but the safety of our friends and awardees was our top priority. One of our primary goals of the event is to raise funds to award scholarships to deserving Pittsburgh area youth of all backgrounds, who demonst...