by Ben Lariccia   On June 4, 1933, the fog continued to frustrate the impatient crowd massed at the Lansdowne Airport, Youngstown's first municipal airfield. There was little trace of the single engine plane that carried the daring pilot who had decided against packing a parachute or a radio, for fear of depleting the fuel supply.   F...

By Sean Barron   If you have spent the last few days in the right part of town, you probably have had a difficult time missing the variety of smells permeating the air. Contributing to the collective and alluring aromas is a large vehicle that leaves little to the imagination with its large, prominently displayed logo: "Meatballs gone w...

In 2014, Pope Francis designated Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church a minor basilica. Founded in 1908, this Roman Catholic parish originally served the Italian community of Central Youngstown, OH. In the following interview, La Gazzetta and Pastor Monsignor Michael J. Cariglio discuss the church's new status.   La Gazzetta (LG): Thank you for w...

By Brooke Meenachan   The 17th Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival runs through Sunday in Youngstown. The food and music are what keep people coming back year after year. The festival will include a variety of different bands and singers. Some local performers include, Rex Taneri, John Gabriele, Jim Frank Band and Dominic Tocc...

The Brier Hill Italian Fest will return this week with four straight days of music, food, dancing, bocce and morra tournaments, a wine contest and a hot pepper contest. The event, which begins Thursday, sprawls over a few blocks at the intersection of Calvin and Victoria streets in the Brier Hill neighborhood of the North Side. The hillsi...

Youngstown, Ohio, never developed a centralized little Italy. Instead, the city's mostly southern Italian settlers chose to live near the foundries, rail yards, and steel mills where Germans, Spaniards, Welsh, Slavs, Irish, African American, and others also called home.   Of these the two most iconic neighborhoods that boasted large Italian...

By Guy D'Astolfo The Greater Youngstown Italian Festival had been trying to book singer Micheal Castaldo for several years, but the timing was never right — until this year.   The Italian-born tenor will sing Saturday and Sunday inside the Roma Tent, which holds 1,000 people, and his performance will be different both nights. The festival,...

by Ben Lariccia   La Gazzetta spoke with co-manager of Carmella's Café, Lisa Kelso. La Gazzetta (LG): Good afternoon, Lisa. Thanks so much for inviting La Gazzetta to your restaurant. The minute you walk in you see old family photos. That's not a photo-shopped display. Tell us about your family.   Carmella's: Yes, those are real fami...

by Joyce Mariani   Like a giant that awakens from a deep slumber, Cleveland's Italian community is in the midst of a vibrant cultural rebirth, a "risorgimento culturale," born from a desire to fully embrace the great mosaic of Italy's rich cultural heritage. Ohio has one of the largest populations of Italian Americans, numbering approximate...

By Guy D'Astolfo   When it comes to the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, the motto might be "Don't mess with success." The annual street festival already is the biggest by far in the city, and it keeps growing. But instead of striving for newer and glitzier every year, it aims to keep things exactly the same. That's how you create...