On the first warm night of spring, as the wind began to cool the air and whip around the eaves of the tent taking up a block of Girard Estates, Richard DiGregorio, 29, prepared to take the microphone. "Get some drinks in you, Rich — a half hour goes quick!" the DJ joked. It was time for DiGregorio to serenade his bride, Victoria Fera. Lore has it...

Nothing says love like a bowl of cappelletti soup. The small, hat-shaped pasta bathed in a warm broth was a Christmas Day staple in Mary Moff’s home. It’s an Italian tradition she upheld and passed down to her own children. But it wasn’t just about the soup, her children said. It was the hours in the kitchen — hours spent with loved ones — that mad...

Italy is the source of some of the finest delights our senses can enjoy: espresso, pizza, pasta, gelato, wine and much more! For this reason, there are many “Little Italys” outside the motherland that bring together what we love about one of the star models of European quality. Who doesn’t love phenomenal coffee, incredible food and wonderful compa...

Paul Panepinto was standing in line for a ride at Disney World when he had an idea about how to improve Philadelphia’s court system. “I’ve been in line for 40 minutes,” he said, “but I don’t mind waiting because the entertainment is pretty good.” It was the spring of 1996, and just days earlier, Panepinto had been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supr...

The former Whetstone Tavern on the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village won't remain vacant too long. A family-friendly Italian bar-restaurant — whose TBA name may contain the word bacio — is taking shape at 700 S. Fifth St. under Bart Troiano, the building's new owner. Troiano, 30, a native New Yorker who graduated from Wi...

Thursday September 6, Friday September 7, Saturday September 8 2018 at 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm EDT. History of Italian Immigration Museum, Filitalia International, 1834 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148. This performance is part of the 2018 Fringe Arts Festival. This show is performed in Italian and English, and deals with past Italian...

As a kid, Rick Lovato was a fine pitcher and a good passer, but he was always too big to play quarterback. His teams needed him on the offensive line. Lovato knew he'd be too light to play lineman in the NFL, so he took his big frame and strong arm and become a long-snapper. Now 6-2 and 249 pounds, Lovato replaced magical fan favorite Jon Dorenbo...

Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born. The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments a...

Carmella Mary Rizzo, 101, of Chestnut Hill, the tiny but powerful force behind the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, died Sunday, July 15, of respiratory failure at her home.Mrs. Rizzo was born in 1916 during World War I. The daughter of first-generation Italian Americans, she was one of seven children, and she understood the meaning of earni...

While Bella Vista will always have strong ties to the history of Philadelphia’s Italian community, the neighborhood has historically served as a starting-out point for new Philadelphians since it began to be settled in the 1840s. The first inhabitants of Moyamensing Township were Irish immigrants and freed African-American slaves who had migrated u...