A western Pennsylvania judge will mediate a dispute over a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in a Pittsburgh park. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John McVay declared an impasse in the dispute between the city of Pittsburgh and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America over the Columbus statue in Schenley Park, the Tribune-Review reported...

We met so many wonderful paesani on our trip to Northeast Pennsylvania that we decided to make our way back to the western side of the Keystone State to seek out the Italian side of Pittsburgh, PA! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit the Steel City’s favorite Italian Pastry Shop, one of the nation’s finest museum collections dedicated to the...

A stalemate continues over the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. The city’s Art Commission voted to remove the statue because of Columbus’ history of torture and slavery. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America sued to keep the statue, saying the allegations about Columbus aren’t true. They say he is an import...

The ice, rag, milk and coal men are all a distant memory when I think back to my Manchester-Pittsburgh neighborhood, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t miss these hucksters from around the block who were fading out as I was coming up. The timeframe was the late 1940s and early 1950s, when these men all played a mobile part in providing communities wi...

Bakery Square is getting a little taste of big Burrito. The restaurant group plans to open AVP, an extension of its Alta Via brand, this fall in the East Liberty development. The company also runs Mad Mex, Casbah, Kaya, Eleven, Soba and Umi. Inspired by the cuisine and lifestyle of California’s wine country, the new spot will serve more casual Ital...

Following in the footsteps of former Italian Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Claudio Scotti, who also trained under late and great Team Italy pitching coach Bill Holmberg and signed with the Bucs franchise in 2016, 16-year-old Azzurrini pitcher Alessandro Ercolani is headed to the Pirate City state-of-the-art training facility in Bradenton, Florida nex...

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is bringing his tour to Pittsburgh this winter. After a year of Bocelli’s live-streamed performances, he’s taking his live show to the U.S. His “Believe North American Tour” will stop at PPG Paints Arena on Dec. 4. Tickets will go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. It’s the fourth show announced at PPG Paints Arena in the recent...

During the spring of 1991, when the Pittsburgh Penguins defied the NHL betting sites and won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, two netminders of Italian descent were unsung heroes of the victory. Yes, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Paul Coffey were the leaders of that Cup run, but without the goaltending of Tom Barrasso and the pinch hit...

Located on the top, flat part of Verona, Penn. — running parallel to the main street, about one-half mile away — was Second Street where I grew up.  The topography made it special, but more notably, it was all of the hustle and bustle in this mixed Italian, German, Croatian, Irish and Polish neighborhood that made it shine. As youngsters, we put up...

When Pittsburghers hear “that’s amore,” they probably think of the classic Dean Martin song or maybe former Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who used the ballad as his walkup music and later in a sketch where he provided love advice for fans at PNC Park. Here’s another potential association: “That’s Amore” is a film shot around the Pittsburgh ar...