Annual Italian street festival La Festa will take place all day next Sunday, June 2. The free all-ages festival got its start in 2010 with the aim of honouring Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day), and replicating the festivities that take place in Italy on the holiday each year. This year, La Festa will take place on East Passyunk Avenue...

New York is where young chefs go to prove themselves. Philly? This is where many come to find a home. It’s a familiar story line now, and it’s unfolding once again, deliciously, in the airy space of Fiore in Queen Village, where live fires perfume the room and the dreams of another talented chef couple are playing out in the flaky spirals of mornin...

Smack in the middle of the annual Italian Market Festival in South Philadelphia Saturday, some 30 men gathered to play half-ball — a game with a local history spanning about 70 years that calls for a broomstick, a three-story building, and half of a squishy ball. Split into teams of five people, these men comprised the 10th annual John Marzano Half...

Port Richmond, Thompson & Cambria Sts., Philadelphia. Start Date and Time: Thursday, May 30 – 5 pm to 10 pm. End Date and Time: Saturday, June 1 – 5 pm to 6 pm. Mother of Divine Grace, located in Port Richmond, will hold its annual Italian Festival on May 30, May 31, June 1 and June 6, 7, and 8 starting at 6 pm. Homemade spaghetti suppers will be s...

You might think of South Philly as our Little Italy. I’ll make a case for a different neighborhood. Also this week, I find interesting Lebanese cooking in a Malvern shopping center and tasty sandwiches from a hole in the wall in Fishtown. And Craig LaBan is here, all choked up about a spring vegetable. If you need food news, click here and fo...

Recently my dear friend, Carol Salinsky, lost her mother, Ruth.  By all accounts, she was a wonderful woman who raised a great family.  In sympathizing with my friend, I was led to reflect on my own mother, Catherine’s, passing back in 2002.  It seems no matter how old we are we’re only kids in grown up bodies and the memories flow freely……..  “Kat...

The groundbreaking ceremony at Columbus Square started out as the kind of event that takes place all the time in Philadelphia — a few shiny shovels stuck in a pile of dirt, the people who worked on the project sharing congratulations. But this one played out differently Monday in a green pocket of South Philadelphia, where Native American-rights...

A rush of Italian culture, aromas, music and traditions will soon overtake the country’s oldest outdoor market. That’s right: South Philly’s 9th Street Italian Market Festival — a two-day, eight-block enduring celebration — will take place on May 18 and 19 from Fitzwater to Wharton Streets. Tens of thousands of people will flood the historic corrid...

My grandparents emigrated to Western Pennsylvania from the province of Chieti, in the Abruzzo region, in 1910. I never had the opportunity to ask them why they left, or why they chose PA. But research and histories have revealed some answers. According to a number of studies, Western Pennsylvania coal companies were booming in the late 19th and ear...