Everyone was at Sunday’s Columbus Day parade — except the Italian explorer’s likeness. The Christopher Columbus statue at South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza, the parade’s endpoint, remained enclosed in plywood, thanks to a last-minute decision by a state appeals court to overturn a local judge’s ruling. A fence surrounding the statue was adorned wi...

The 145-year-old Columbus statue, located in Philadelphia’s historic Marconi Plaza, will once again see the light of day. On Friday Judge Paula Patrick ordered the city of Philadelphia to immediately remove the wooden box that concealed the statue, and permit the installation of a clear structure that will protect the monument from future vandalism...

Cristiana Mele is a career diplomat, with more than 20 years of experience. In her last assignment in Rome, she has been the Chair of the G20 Thematic Group on Food Security during the Italian Presidency of G20. She was also the focal point for the Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition at the Directorate General for Development Cooperation from...

In June 2020, during the height of civil unrest over police brutality, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation workers at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia boarded up the bottom of the Christopher Columbus monument, concealing the navigator’s name. The DRWC, which maintains the monument, said at the time that the 106-foot historical obelisk did not alig...

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Italian American Medical Awards dinner will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwich Drive, Philadelphia. The dinner will present “A Taste of Italy,” catered by Luigi & Giovanni Caterers and the Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Admission is $250. The event, hosted by the Hon. Ama...

The W Philadelphia, a hotel nearly a decade in the making on Chestnut Street across from Prince Music Theater in Center City, has opened with a spiffy Italian restaurant with its own street entrance. Dolce Italian is a spinoff of LDV Hospitality’s Dolce in Miami, which in 2015 won the Bravo show Best New Restaurant. LDV’s restaurant holdings includ...

New York City definitely has the largest Italian American population in the nation, yet Philadelphia is in second place. Italian Americans in the city primarily live in South Philadelphia. Many Italian immigrants began arriving in South Philadelphia from the northern Italian regions of Liguria and Veneto in the 1860s. According to the 1870 census,...

Last summer I was a few Hitachi before the Columbus Act at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia. I wasn’t alone. There were a lot of good people around me, laughing, singing, and eating wawahoagi. Most of us were members with cards, so we were there to show solidarity with the Italian-American community in the city. We wanted to show our support and...

A judge has ruled that a controversial Christopher Columbus statue can stay in South Philadelphia. "It is baffling to this Court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis. The City's entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation," said the judge in a seven-page decision on Tuesday.The ruling...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...