Imagine you’re a boy growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s. Your father, Lorenzo, is a hard-working bus driver, a solid citizen. Wouldn’t you like to be like him? But you have a second father figure in your neighborhood, a mob boss who has taken a shine to you. Maybe you’d rather be like the more glamorous and powerful Sonny? “The themes of the...

Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

Un lungo viaggio nell'America profonda alla ricerca dei discendenti di minatori, contadini e pescatori, emigrati più di un secolo fa per dare vita a comunità italiane in ogni angolo dell'enorme nazione che si aprì davanti ai loro occhi dopo lo sbarco a Ellis Island. Si intitola “Italian American Country” il progetto ideato e curato da Paolo Battagl...

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, at Saint Peter’s Cathedral, in Scranton. All are welcome to attend. The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with La Festa Italiana, which occurs over the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, August 30 through September 2, on Courthouse Square, one block away. Thi...

La Festa Italiana will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton. Hours are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainme...

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class Team "Puttin' on the Ritz" will host a Trivia/Happy Hour to benefit their class project of installing the Poli Historic Gallery at the Ritz Theater in downtown Scranton, PA. The event will be held on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 1 p.m. at Cooper's Seafood House, 701. N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Ticke...

In the fall of 2012, I saw the promo on PBS and it looked pretty interesting.  It was for an upcoming documentary, “Paesani: Italian Culture in Northeast Pennsylvania” which would air on Saturday evening.  Being a grandson of 4 Italian immigrants, I naturally had an interest in the subject so I decided to give it a shot. The program was a joy!  It...

There are three members of the Italian Parliament elected in the foreign electoral colleges that include the United States: two members of the House deputies and a Senator. Their jurisdiction is enormous: in addition to the United States, it also includes Canada, Mexico and Central America. Campaigning in such a large territory is very difficult, j...

Seven men in Scranton, Pennsylvania went head-to-head in the town's Seventh Annual Cannoli Eating Competition Monday.  The food fight is a Labor Day tradition and falls on the final day of La Festa Italiana, which brings tens-of-thousands of people to Courthouse Square for everything and anything Italian. This year, Russell Keeler was crowned the C...

Courthouse Square will host more than 80 vendors serving up Italian food and continuous live entertainment as the Electric City annual celebration of all things Italiana returns this weekend. La Festa Italiana will be held Friday through Monday. There is no admission charge. A new this year is the Jersey Pizza Boys – brothers Michael and Nicholas T...