This month, the Senator John Heinz History Center's Italian American Collection will host Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Joseph Bathanti, as its firstScholar-in-Residence.   A Pittsburgh native and professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., Bathanti will produce an original body of work inspired by his re...

When Bruce Gradkowski made his first start for the Oakland Raiders back in November 2009, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Jewish fans came up to him constantly and assumed he was Jewish.   It turned out Bruce Gradkowski is not Jewish. Bruce has a Polish mother & an Italian father. The 31-year-old is yet another Pittsburgh...

March is such a busy month and has 3 of my favorite holidays in it; St. Joseph's day, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For a foodie like me, these wonderful holidays all together can only mean one thing- more time at the gym so I can eat all of the delicious dishes that come with each of these holidays. I get most excited to make the Italian Ham Pie...

Over the next several months, Ciao Pittsburgh will be profiling successful Italian-American entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the country. We want to learn a little about their business, how they became successful, what tips they can share with our readers, and also learn a little about their Italian heritage. This month, we are featurin...

By Breanna Smith Known as Pittsburgh's "Little Italy," Bloomfield today comprises a variety of specialty Italian shops and traditions. But more than 100 years before the first wave of Italian immigrants, another ethnic group laid claim to this city neighborhood.   Located about three miles east of Downtown Pittsburgh, Bloomfield encompasses...

Andrew Cecere grew up in the Pittsburgh of the 1930s, back when the idea that ancestry is destiny permeated American thought. In cities, it was the age of racial and ethnic neighborhoods. The Italians here, the Irish over there, beyond them the Poles, the blacks, and so forth. In the urban mosaic, you knew your place, and were expected to make the...

Three local standout athletes were among those honored at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter's 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held this past April. Monessen's Donna DeMarino Sanft was a Hall of Fame inductee while Louis "Bimbo" Cecconi of Donora received the Frank A. Santamaria Lifetime Achievement Award. B...

Il Volo, the Italian opera trio, will perform Sept. 11 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. The group's members — Piero Barons, 19, Gianluca Ginoble, 18, and Ignazio Boschetto, 18 — gained million of fans when the singers performed on the 2012 PBS special "Il Volo Takes Flight."   They also were special guests during Barbra Streisand's 2012 tour. T...

By Nicky D Cooks Please come and join me on Sunday, October 5th at the Heinz History Center. I will be at the Italian Heritage Day at Heinz History Center with the team members from Ciao Pittsburgh. Please come by and visit us. We will be the ones with some of my fresh made pizzelle on hand to share. Check out the link on Ciao Pittsburgh.  ...

By Deborah Weisberg A double-header of earthly delights is on tap at Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden in Spring Garden on Aug. 29 with Italian-theme gastronomic events. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with Fig Fest!, where folks can feast on all kinds of treats made from the fruit of ancient Rome, followed at 7 p.m. by Terra Buona, a five-course...