Mario De Lorenzo, along with many other members of Drexel’s Italian Pride Student Organization and fellow Drexel students, attended “A Taste of Roma” at Gran Caffe L’Aquila in Rittenhouse Square March 8. Marketed as a way to “Come discover Rome through history and cuisine,” students were to there not only to eat, but also to learn. The sophomore is...

Now this is a delicious development. After reading my column about a South Philadelphia restaurant selling bread pudding in support of an immigrant family seeking sanctuary at a local church, Di Bruno Bros. will also start selling the family dessert in their Rittenhouse Square location starting this weekend through April. The co-owners of East Pa...

There is such a retro aura to everything about Scannicchio’s that it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t been at the corner of South Broad and Porter Streets for eons. From the vintage Sinatra portrait in back presiding over a room trimmed with white linen, Eagles banners, and year-round Christmas lights to the fra diavolo spice that gives the scungilli it...

In true South Philadelphia fashion, crowds will once again gather to taste local stabs at the best “red gravy” our neighborhoods can offer. Featuring the product of coveted recipes from amateurs to professionals, the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association is slated to host its fifth annual South Philly Italian Red Gravy Cook-Off on Sunday, March...

Phil Martelli said he has not read the three-paragraph statement that St. Joseph’s University put out Tuesday. announcing the end of his tenure as men’s basketball coach. “I don’t really have an interest,’’ Martelli said over the phone Wednesday morning. “The pain is raw. It’s still here. … I haven’t seen it. Nor will I.” He’s not being a smart ale...

Leonardo, the Italian helicopter maker, said it will spend $65 million to build a 60,000-square-foot training facility adjacent to its Northeast Philadelphia plant over the next year. The facility will train pilots, crews, and mechanics for Air Force helicopters in partnership with Boeing’s Delaware County plant, and for civilian craft. The compa...

Joey Baldino, the South Philly-bred chef famed for Palizzi Social Club and Zeppoli, is releasing his first cookbook. Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club will feature recipes from the nationally acclaimed members-only restaurant, tucked into a South Philly rowhouse at 1408 S. 12th Street. The...

Osvaldo “Oswald” ZAFFIRI, seppe farsi onore durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale , era originario di Collecorvino in provincia di Pescara. Osvaldo “Oswald” ZAFFIRI nacque a New York nel 1922 da Alfredo Oreste Cipriano (nato a Collecorvino in via Eolo, l’8 gennaio del 1895, da Andrea -“panettiere”- e Maria Di Marzio) e Amina Berenice Felicita CHIAVARO...

The renowned Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has renewed his worldwide recording contract with Decca Records ahead of his upcoming North American tour. Einaudi, who may be one of the most streamed artists in the world with more than 2 billion streams to date, is preparing for the release of his upcoming album Seven Days Walking, which...

Frank Tenaglia, 54, of Bridesburg, a noted opera singer who performed to standing ovations throughout the United States and Europe, died Sunday, Feb. 17, of a pulmonary embolism in Marathon, Fla. Mr. Tenaglia had contended with health problems for a long time, but his death was unexpected, said his wife, Cathy. “We were enjoying a family vacation...