Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s version to recede into a rarity.Opera Philadelphia excavated it Friday night at the Academy of Music for its O22 festival i...

An author with deep South Philadelphia roots explores grandfather’s experience fighting with the U.S. Army during World War II and her Italian-American heritage in a new book released this month. “The Time Left Between Us” by Alicia DeFonzo, an NPR contributor and English professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, took more than a d...

Rosemary Petracca Cappello, October 8, 1935-September 13, 2022. Rosemary Petracca Cappello, 86, a longtime resident of Philadelphia—the city she loved—and before that, Darby, PA, where she was known in the 1970s as “The Poet of Darby Creek,” died Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse after being cared for at home for six m...

Charles Anthony Bernard Graci, better known to the world as ‘CHARLIE GRACIE,’ was born on May 14th, 1936 in South Philadelphia to Santo (‘Sam’) and Mary Graci (nee Cappizzi), both first generation Sicilian-Americans. Charlie has been making music for 71 years. He was the first Rock n’ roll Star to arise from South Philadelphia. In 1946 at the age o...

Philadelphia has a well-earned reputation as a great sandwich city. How many other cities, after all, can lay claim, as Philadelphia does, to the invention of three iconic sandwiches? According to Visit Philadelphia, the city's sandwich trinity is comprised of the hoagie, the roast pork sandwich, and the Philly cheesesteak, with their respective cr...

Voltaco's Italian Foods, the popular family-owned sandwich shop in Ocean City, will close for good this fall, after its 69th year at shore, the the owners said Friday on social media.  Voltaco's opened in 1954, operating out of a single-story, stone-front building at 957 West Ave. Over the years, the shop's blue awnings and vintage sign have been a...

We renamed our theater “The Enrico Caruso Piccolo Teatro” (This sign now located on railing as you walk downstairs to Theater and Learning Lab). We were gifted 12 old Theater chairs that Aldo Mancusi acquired and refinished for his theater 30 years ago. He dedicated Piccolo Teatro to famed Soprano and benefactor of ECMA Licia Albanese and Michael S...

This family-style restaurant serves authentic Italian and American dishes.  For a delicious taste of Italian fare in Central Pennsylvania, visit Fenicci's in Hershey pa. This family-style eatery was established in 1935. Enjoy the family-style menu and a casual setting. Try a pizza or pasta from the casual menu.  This Hershey tradition has been a lo...

There's no need to go far to enjoy a fantastic Italian dinner at The Victor Cafe in Philadelphia.  This Philadelphia institution has been hosting opera performances for years. The company hired students to work as servers, and the shows are staged throughout the week. The Victor Cafe has been in the family for over 100 years. The first owner, John...

How could a man who stole one of the most famous paintings in the world still be a mystery more than 100 years later? It was the question that South Philly filmmakers Joe Medeiros and Justine Mestichelli Medeiros promised to answer after years of extensive research and interviews. They knew who did it. That was the easy part. But the couple, who no...