The lawsuit between Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the city of Pittsburgh regarding the fate of the Schenley Park Columbus statue is in the discovery process, and a rally was recently held at the historical site where protestors demanded that the tarps be removed from the monument. Judge John McVay, who is presiding over the suit,...

There is a new effort underway to uncover the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America are pushing the new Ed Gainey Administration to block the removal of the 50-foot statue and uncover it. In the fall of 2020, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to uproot the statue with former Mayor Bill Peduto appr...

Location: University of Pittsburgh Italian Program & Heinz History Center Italian American Program. Call for Papers: "Mining the Diaspora: Italian American Materialities, Archaeologies & Intersections". Submissions due June 15, 2022. The Italian American Studies Association (IASA) welcomes independent thinkers, scholars, and academics, past and pre...

Besides being one of the few women to secure her place in the historic art world, Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi endures as the visionary behind “Judith Slaying Holofernes,” one of the most gruesomely striking paintings ever displayed. Produced in the early 1600s, the Old Testament story depicts the beheading of an Assyrian general,...

While thinking back on Hays, my old Italian-Pittsburgh neighborhood, I was suddenly reminded of the many vendors who would go door-to-door, as well as the small businesses that thrived around us. In the 50s and 60s, many vendors would find themselves on our porch, looking to buy or sell goods.  These local hucksters and proprietors dealt in brooms,...

Attorney George Bochetto, who is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, will hold a rally at Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue in Schenley Park on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Bochetto, a member of Italian Sons and Daughters of America, filed a lawsuit in late 2020 on behalf of ISDA to block the removal of the 50-foot Columbus statue, which was paid f...

It's been a while, but David Pulice can still remember the pain that came hand in hand with making his family's homemade pork salami. When his mother, Carmela, and father, Alberto, immigrated from Belmonte Calabro in Italy's Calabria region to Weirton, West Virginia, in the late 1940s, they brought many of their food ways with them. Making the dry-...

The Downtown Pittsburgh hospitality scene is buzzing again and adding another popular restaurant to the neighborhood. Alta Via, an Italian restaurant inspired by California cuisine, is expanding from its original home and into Market Square, according to the big Burrito Restaurant Group. The group owns the Mad Mex chain and several popular dining e...

Presentation: "Pittsburgh's Little Italy: Memories of the Italian American Community of Larimer". Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 p.m.. Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Learn about the voices captured in the History Center's Italian American Collection documenting Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood. Melissa E. Marinaro,...

The Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map Working Group has worked over the last year and a half to evaluate the presence, accessibility, and visibility of archival resources in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia tri-state area. Our goal has been to move in incremental steps toward the creation of an accessible, searchable digital resource t...