More than 35 four-person teams will play bocce Aug. 16 to benefit the Italian-American program at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. The teams will compete under the Veterans Bridge near 13th and Smallman streets in the fifth annual Bocce Tournament and Festival. The festival will feature music by Pure Gold, Jimmy Sapienz...

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art's Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. Handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830, the presepio features lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant panorama of 18th-century Italian vill...

A trip to Pittsburgh isn't complete without a signature sandwich from Primanti Bros. Soon, you will be able to enjoy the popular eatery in Michigan.   Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar is opening its first restaurants in the state with one in Taylor and the other in Novi. The Taylor restaurant will be at Southland Center at 23000 Eureka Rd....

Carissimi amici, the Italian program at the University of Pittsburgh has invited one of Italy's finest playwrights (from Sicily) to Pittsburgh, Lina Prosa to conclude their Mediterrenean "Meta"geographies Series.   One of the most acclaimed production by Lina Prosa, Trilogy of the Shipwrecked (Trilogia del nuafragio) depicts the journey, the...

Connie Caserta shrugs her shoulders if you ask about reaching 106, just six years younger than the oldest man in the world. "It's me. I just take life as it comes," she said. "People are happy for me."   A resident at ManorCare Health Services on Yamato Road, she defies assumptions. On the red carpet the week before at their fashion sho...

By Joyce Gannon An upper floor of a historic Pittsburgh office tower seems an unlikely spot to find the North American headquarters of a European luxury mattress maker.   But in spacious digs in the century-old Arrott Building on Wood Street, employees of Italy-based Technogel are working to convince Americans that a cool, blue gel will giv...

by Tony Raap   Two local Italian restaurants are raising money for victims of last week's deadly earthquake in central Italy by donating proceeds from a pasta dish to overseas relief efforts. Lidia's Pittsburgh at 1400 Smallman St. in the Strip District began offering the spaghetti-like dish Bucatini all' Amatriciana on its lunch and di...

Saturday, August 13 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. DUVBO (Down Under the Veterans Bridge Overpass) | Smallman & 13th St.. The Seventh Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival is almost here!   This all-day outdoor event, organized by Jack Mascaro of Mascaro Construction Company, features live music by Pure Gold, the Nieds Hotel Band, and th...

By Marylynne Pitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   Lino Tagliapietra, an internationally renowned glass artist from Italy, arrives at the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Monday for a one-week residency with his Seattle-based team. Examples of Mr. Tagliapietra's designs are on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albe...

By Melissa McCart There's polish but little that's modern about Joseph Tambellini Restaurant in Highland Park. I like the place because it offers the best of Old Pittsburgh without caricature. You won't see framed photos as reminders of the city's former greatness, or its rise from the ashes.   You will not find shtick that's inevitable at...