by David Witter   Known as "the mad fiddler from Philly," Joe Venuti was famous for his drinking, gambling and practical jokes. More importantly, he and Eddie Lang (born Salvatore Massaro) changed the sound of jazz through the introduction of the violin and the lead guitar to its repertoire. Venuti grew up as the child of a recent immigrant...

Antonella Vitale, PhD candidate in the Department of History at City University of New York, will present a piece of her dissertation, focused on the oral histories she gathered in Sicily last summer, at an upcoming conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Antonella was a winner of NOIAW's 2015 scholarship program.   Antonella said via...

By Alicia Vitarelli   It's Italian-American heritage month and in historic Philadelphia, there's a lot to toast to. You've probably seen the signs in the Italian market that say - "Cent'Anni" - as what's affectionately called 9th street celebrates a century of culture and tradition.    Each step on 9th street comes with a st...

The recent public debate over whether to rename South Philadelphia's Italian Market has largely missed the point. There seems to be some confusion over what the name of the historic Ninth Street corridor of shops, restaurants, and curbside vendors means to Philadelphians who coined the moniker. Perhaps adding to the confusion is the fact that the...

by Bill Chenevert Filitalia International's annual La Festa della Repubblica on June 1st, otherwise known as the Italian Street Festival on East Passyunk Avenue, was far more significant this year. It also marked the grand opening of the entity's History of Italian Immigration Museum, 1834 E. Passyunk Ave., which seeks to celebrate "Italian roots...

By Joseph Myers   As the recipient of numerous accolades over his 19-year tenure with PNC Bank, Salvatore J. Patti could claim exalted status, but the resident of the 2500 block of South 21st Street shuns showing off, instead finding satisfaction in pondering the copious connections he has made professionally and personally.   For his...

L'on. Fucsia FitzGerald Nissoli (PI) si è recata ieri in visita alla Temple University di Roma, dove ha avuto occasione di constatare di persona le attività didattiche svolte. Nella stessa giornata, presso la sede universitaria americana, erano in visita il governatore della Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, ed il sindaco di Philadelphia, Michael Anthony...

by Jared Brey   The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a 70-unit apartment complex to rise at 9th Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market. The project, a five-story ditty with 18,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and two levels of underground parking, was presented to P...

Beth J. Harpaz Pope Francis will visit three U.S. cities, Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia, Sept. 22-27. For travelers with an interest in sacred places, here are some of the top Catholic heritage sites — including several on the pope's itinerary — in those cities. WASHINGTON, D.C. St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. N...

Attenzione sport enthusiasts!!! NIAF member Giovanni Camarchioli, editor of Bel Paese, a newspaper in South Florida, has launched the newspaper's new Italian sports news bulletins. The twice-a-day (morning and afternoon) broadcasts that began on June 1 are in Italian and accessible by phone.   Just call the local number in any of the followi...