In a 1913 issue of Poetry magazine, Ezra Pound listed his rules for the Imagist school that included “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” And, like much in our march toward civilization that began millennia ago, humans have found it best to imitate nature when finding practical solutions to an everyday problem. One of the most fundam...

Pat Pecora recently was officially inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter, his ninth hall of fame induction. The Pitt-Johnstown wrestling coach and athletic director had to wait a year for the induction ceremony as the 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining Pecora in the class was...

Pittsburgh United FC, the newly formed United Premier Soccer League club, announced a signing Thursday that it hopes will make a major impact on its roster when it begins play in the fall. It’s not a striker or goalkeeper. It’s a scout. The team announced the addition of Nicola Martini as its director of scouting. Martini has worked as an intermedi...

Most major events in our area were canceled last year due to COVID and there were fears more cancellations would occur this year. But Tuesday, there is word the popular Little Italy Days in Bloomfield will return this summer. Businesses were devastated by COVID-19. Bloomfield got hit especially hard when it had to cancel its little Italy Days, whic...

A western Pennsylvania judge will mediate a dispute over a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in a Pittsburgh park. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John McVay declared an impasse in the dispute between the city of Pittsburgh and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America over the Columbus statue in Schenley Park, the Tribune-Review reported...

We met so many wonderful paesani on our trip to Northeast Pennsylvania that we decided to make our way back to the western side of the Keystone State to seek out the Italian side of Pittsburgh, PA! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit the Steel City’s favorite Italian Pastry Shop, one of the nation’s finest museum collections dedicated to the...

A stalemate continues over the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. The city’s Art Commission voted to remove the statue because of Columbus’ history of torture and slavery. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America sued to keep the statue, saying the allegations about Columbus aren’t true. They say he is an import...

The ice, rag, milk and coal men are all a distant memory when I think back to my Manchester-Pittsburgh neighborhood, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t miss these hucksters from around the block who were fading out as I was coming up. The timeframe was the late 1940s and early 1950s, when these men all played a mobile part in providing communities wi...

Bakery Square is getting a little taste of big Burrito. The restaurant group plans to open AVP, an extension of its Alta Via brand, this fall in the East Liberty development. The company also runs Mad Mex, Casbah, Kaya, Eleven, Soba and Umi. Inspired by the cuisine and lifestyle of California’s wine country, the new spot will serve more casual Ital...

Following in the footsteps of former Italian Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Claudio Scotti, who also trained under late and great Team Italy pitching coach Bill Holmberg and signed with the Bucs franchise in 2016, 16-year-old Azzurrini pitcher Alessandro Ercolani is headed to the Pirate City state-of-the-art training facility in Bradenton, Florida nex...