by Dan Gigler   It's four months into the year, and among the Christmas gifts that have been put to actual use rather than returned, regifted or banished to the basement: "The Mac & Cheese Cookbook" by Alison Arevalo and Erin Wade, proprietors of Homeroom, an Oakland, Calif., restaurant based around the almost divine-like combination of...

Laura E. Ruberto presents the bilingual version of the memoir Such Is Life/Ma la vita e' fatta cosi' (Bordighera, 2010) by Leonilde Frieri Ruberto on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6-8 PM at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh. The memoir is considered the first published in the United States written in Italian by a first-generation Italian American wo...

By Sandra Fischione Donovan   Chef Matt Cavanaugh and his wife, Andrea, searched areas in Moon, Findlay and North Fayette for possible restaurant venues near their home in Crescent. But nothing seemed suitable, until he was urged to look at a Lawrenceville property.   "We fell in love with the brick," says Matt Cavanaugh of the Butler...

By Katherine Schaeffer   Angela Hertz's Italian-American grandparents taught her to love her heritage — the food, the culture and the sense of family. But it wasn't until Hertz started college that she learned the language, studying abroad to hone her language skills.    "I made it my career," said Hertz, 38, who has taught...

Severio Strati's 300-by-30-foot garden boasts grids of peppers, garlic and eggplant, with 130 tomato plants. There's a grape arbor, peach trees and a few figs that survived winter. "I cover good. That's why I didn't lose them," he says.   For 60 years, the Hazelwood resident — who spent most of his working life in J&L Steel's warehouse d...

Per venire incontro alle numerose richieste di rilascio di passaporto da parte dei connazionali residenti nell'area di Pittsburgh, il Consolato Generale d'Italia a Philadelphia il prossimo 12 luglio si recherà in missione presso gli uffici del Console Onorario a Pittsburgh, Carla Lucente (Fisher Hall, 728, 600 Forbes Avenue).   Qui, l'impieg...

An award-winning New York-based production company, whose previous films have premiered on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix, is currently producing a film about Italian-American families. They are looking for a Pittsburgh-based multi-generational family that gets together on a regular basis to share a meal. Think the traditional "Sunday Dinner." Regular...

by Larry Richert   Sunday is Mother's Day, a day when we salute our mothers and the sacrifices they have made for us. But, few people have a Mother's Day story to tell like professional wrestling great Bruno Sammartino, who was born in Italy, but for all of his adult life, has made his home in Pittsburgh. Sammartino grew up in the small tow...

By Laura Zorch   "Every day you discover something new." Franco Braccia has only good things to say about his city, Pittsburgh. Braccia owns Senti, a bright, new culinary spot in Lawrenceville, with his wife, Annette Ishida. The transplant from Italy, by way of New York, has lived in Pittsburgh for over eight years, but maintains there...

La Mia Strada Screening - Pittsburgh Documentary Salon. Thursday June 18 @ 7pm. Pittsburgh Filmmakers - 477 Melwood Ave. - Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-681-5449 X219 http://pghdocsalon.blogspot.com   La Mia Strada (My Road) is a compelling exploration of ethnicity and culture, linking ancient and modern Italia...