If times were normal, Maureen Carreno would be full-swing into her consulting job and running her travel agency. "Normally I work at least two jobs, and have most of my life," she said. Since times are far from normal, with many people refraining from travel during the pandemic, Carreno's business has been closed. "That gives me time to chop veg an...

Dear friends, it is my honor to unveil the final version of the Italian American map ofScranton, PA: the Electric City! This morning's post was a draft, but this is the official one-- I hope this can be used as a teaching tool regarding the contributions of Italian Americans to the landscape of the City of Scranton. Our area's Italian American hist...

Chef Steve Martorano has brough his new Martorano's Prime to Rivers Casino, building on his collection of restaurants in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where his Cafe Martorano has operated for 30 years. Martorano's Prime will be his first Italian-American steakhouse, featuring  a menu of prime cuts of beef and other staples...

Once upon a time, in the spring of 1911, a 14-year-old boy embarked on the ship Madonna from Naples, Italy. Per the instructions of his mother Francesca, his destination was Ellis Island, America. Luigi was never to see his siblings, his parents nor his homeland again. The combination of desperation and dreams, plus the promise that America held fo...

A destination for authentic pizza, pasta, paninis and other Italian specialties has joined Easton’s rich culinary scene. Mario’s Italian Eatery, selling unique Italian-imported groceries alongside freshly prepared Italian dishes, opened in mid-December at 669 N. 13th St., Suite A-102, in the Simon Silk Mill. The 22-seat business, co-owned by fr...

Pop quiz: Who was the first female American citizen to be canonized a saint? Elizabeth Seton? No. Rose Duchesne? No. Katharine Drexel? No. Try St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850- 1917), who was canonized in 1946 by Pope Pius XII. She was born in in Italy but at the suggestion of Pope Leo XIII in 1889, she brought her congregation to the United States...

A new non-fiction book has just been published about a young boy working at his Father’s coal mines in the USA, and about the immigration of the boy’s ancestors from Italy 50 years earlier. Louis Ronald Scatena is the author of "ANTHRACITE BOOT CAMP", and it's a true story about his childhood working under the direction of his hard-working Father,...

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...