Each year the Hazleton Chapter of UNICO and Maurice C Raymond "RMR" Knights of Columbus honor an outstanding Italian-American as part of their Columbus Day dinner in celebration of their Italian heritage.   The organization asked community members to nominate individuals who exemplify the true spirit of an Italian-American – one who demonstr...

When Bruce Gradkowski made his first start for the Oakland Raiders back in November 2009, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Jewish fans came up to him constantly and assumed he was Jewish.   It turned out Bruce Gradkowski is not Jewish. Bruce has a Polish mother & an Italian father. The 31-year-old is yet another Pittsburgh...

March is such a busy month and has 3 of my favorite holidays in it; St. Joseph's day, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For a foodie like me, these wonderful holidays all together can only mean one thing- more time at the gym so I can eat all of the delicious dishes that come with each of these holidays. I get most excited to make the Italian Ham Pie...

At this time of year, a rear dining room with a blazing fireplace is still the favorite choice of many diners at Francisco's on the River, just north of Washington Crossing, Pa.   But in warm weather the front dining room and outside tables, which look toward the Delaware River, are preferred at this attractive BYOB in a country setting that...

Centuries ago, if you wanted to see the paintings of the great Italian masters, you would have embarked on something called The Grand Tour, a kind of traveling educational experience to the principal artistic centers of Renaissance Italy: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples and Venice.   This summer, The Grand Tour, by way of Glasg...

Over the next several months, Ciao Pittsburgh will be profiling successful Italian-American entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the country. We want to learn a little about their business, how they became successful, what tips they can share with our readers, and also learn a little about their Italian heritage. This month, we are featurin...

By Kathy Lauer-Williams   Chazz Palminteri was a frustrated aspiring actor in New York in the 1980s — he couldn't seem to catch the eye of casting directors. He too often found himself sweeping the floor of a theater rather than honing his craft on its stage. So in 1988, he started writing "A Bronx Tale," based on his own story of growi...

  For the fourth time in recent years, a student from Bryn Mawr's Italian and Italian Studies department has been awarded a chance to study in Italy over the summer. Haverford student Natalie Giovino '17 has been awarded a scholarship to study at the Universitià di Camerino in Italy this summer.   Natalie received the scholarship throu...

The new era of the Philly POPS begins this weekend under the baton of new maestro Michael Krajewski as Italian musical treasures will be saluted during the Columbus Day weekend.   The Philly POPS opens its 2013-14 season with the theme "Viva Philadelphia!" – a celebration of the City and of Philadelphia's Italian spirit as well as a demonstr...

Perhaps it's because the dining room is so dark or because they're so perfectly cast, the lights are the first thing you see when pressing into Little Nonna's. Draped from one faux-pine-paneled wall to another at jaunty angles, the strings of glowing bulbs give the space a vibe of a backyard serenade, a Catholic school carnival, a South Philly stre...