“Joe the Boss,” as everyone calls him, is getting ready to open his brand new, classic Italian restaurant at 2655 S. 18th Street in the Melrose neighborhood of South Philly. In the restaurant business for over 30 years, he’s had his own restaurants (Pasta Cucina in the Bellevue Hotel) and even worked with Steve Martorano of Café Martorano fame in F...

Filitalia International, a leading Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian heritage worldwide, is excited to announce several significant developments, including the approval of new Chapters, upcoming 4th Annual Heroes Award & La Festa della Repubblica Celebration, upcoming District of Italy Convention in Rome an...

Every year, the S. 9th Street Italian Market Festival brings unique traditions out for the public to enjoy, and 2024 will be no different with the date set for this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Taking place throughout the iconic and historic Philadelphia landmark (aka the Italian Market itself), locals and visitors will be able to walk thro...

A $50,000 grant was awarded to the Senator John Heinz History Center and its partners at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University to support and grow the Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map project. The project catalogues materials that document the Italian American experience in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The...

Santina’s Italian Pastry Shop by Nino’s is gearing up to bring a delightful array of Italian pastries to Newtown Township, with plans to open its doors at the Village at Newtown South in the coming months, according to NewtownPANow.   The venture is spearheaded by Jane Mendello and her husband, Nino, who are not new to the world of baking.   The en...

National Hoagie Day has now come and gone, and as folks around the country enjoyed the official sandwich of Philadelphia, Metro asked those in and around the city about their hoagie of choice. Whether your taste buds prefer the homestyle taste of the always-popular ham and cheese or the crisp and tangy taste of a tuna hoagie, there’s a hoagie out t...

It’s not just an event—it’s a vivid representation of something felt so deep within the community of Jessup, Lackawanna County, Penn., that it can only be described as “anima.”  La Corsa dei Ceri, the annual “race of the saints” in honor of St. Ubaldo, is held in both Gubbio, Italy, and Jessup. Legend states that Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Bar...

On April 19, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled 7 to 0 to reinstate a lawsuit to prevent the removal of Pittsburgh’s Christopher Columbus statue from Schenley Park. The suit was filed by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), the largest Italian American fraternal association in Pennsylvania, founded in Pittsburgh in 1930. The...

Ten years ago a museum of exceptional passion for our country dedicated to Italian emigration was born in Philadelphia. It was Filitalia International that created it, a wonderful organization founded by a remarkable man, Pasquale Nestico. Today his son Saverio heads Filitalia, and he is one of those leaders who guarantee the Italian American commu...

Comedian Steve Solomon has heard 10,000 nights of laughs, but he’s hoping for at least one more. On May 19, Solomon will perform “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. The long-running show features its writer and creator, Solomon, humorously recalling and reenacting episodes from his life....