Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood will host its 15th annual Little Italy Days Festival August 17-20. The festival, which is sponsored by NIAF, is a four-day celebration of Italian culture and food, with a bocce tournament, the Miss Little Italy Pageant, “Italian Idol” open mic, endless entertainment, and Italian food vendors. For more informatio...

When it comes to hiring a chef for her restaurants, Lidia Bastianich looks beyond the resume of the person’s culinary career, prowess in the kitchen and good references. It is a lot more personal for her. She considers the person’s potential. Is he creative? Can he execute with precision at the spur of the moment? Will he be able to go the extra mi...

In 2013, the owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers officially declared Port Orange’s Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza an official “Citizen of Steelers Nation.” A framed copy of that proclamation is proudly displayed at the restaurant now known as Giuseppe’s Penn Pizza Co. You don’t have to be a Steelers fan to be a fan of the food at Giuseppe’s. News-Journa...

Join the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation for Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival, taking place in Pittsburgh, July 8-9. The festival, which is sponsored by NIAF, will include streets of Italian food vendors, eating contests, stage performances, cooking demonstrations, bocce and more! For more information, go to: https://www.hig...

Summer means the arrival of the festival season. From community festivals to church fairs, Pittsburgh promises something to do just about every day during the steaming summer months. Perhaps the most recognizable outdoor food fest in Pittsburgh, Bloomfield Little Italy Days is also a celebration of all things Italian. Soak up the sights, sounds, an...

Saturday, June 3 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Senator John Heinz History Center - 1212 Smallman Street - Pittsburgh, PA,15222 There's still time to register for the History Center's in-depth Italian Genealogy Workshop featuring genealogists Melanie Holtz, CG of Lo Schiavo Genealogica and Rich Venezia of Rich Roots Genealogy for a workshop on delving into...

Rain fell first, down in the valley, then turned to snow. Tiny ice pellets battered down on the wool-clad back of a boy from Pittsburgh as he rode alone over the day’s second major pass, the 5,000-foot Forca Capanine. He stuffed a newspaper in his jersey and continued onward, down into the storm. By the finish of the Giro d’Italia’s eighth stage, h...

From his humble beginnings as an Italian-born American who devoted his time to becoming a weightlifter to ultimately headlining Madison Square Garden as a professional wrestler, Bruno Sammartino’s penchant for being one of the most popular Italian-Americans in the Pittsburgh region sparked a long-lasting and rewarding career. Pittsburgh has been ho...

Friday, May 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Heinz History Center. 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA,15222. $20 adults, $15 seniors, students, military, and History Center members. Next Friday, join the Alia Musica Pittsburgh and the History Center's Italian American Program for the last concert of the 2016-17 season.  The culmination of Quince Ensemble's reside...

Western Pennsylvania is a melting pot of culinary traditions, and no more so than during the holidays, when the dishes your mother and grandmother grew up with are the stars of the dinner table. For many Pittsburghers, including myself, it wouldn’t be Easter without a honey-glazed ham on the buffet, along with a big creamy bowl of scalloped potatoe...