Italian Heritage Day At Heinz History Center

Tu e la tua famiglia are cordially invited to commemorate your italianità at the History Center with a full day of interactive activities designed with K-12 students in mind.

In honor of Italian Heritage Month, local community groups and museum staff will facilitate educational activities on every floor of the museum. Activities are conceived in a manner that will allow all members of the family to work together to learn about Italian American history and culture. Intergenerational participation is encouraged, so bring tua madre, tuo padre, tua nonna, tuo nonno, tua zia, tuo zio, e tutti i tuoi fratelli, sorelle e cugini.

Children 17 & under get into the museum for free on Italian Heritage Day!

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Venice: The Sights Beyond The Canals

Venice may be one of the most alluring cities in the world, but a lot of people who have it at the top of their travel bucket lists are focused almost wholly on the canals. This is fair enough, in a sense. The canals that crisscross this city are what make it so unique, and they lend a sort of otherworldly atmosphere to the city that no individual landmark or attraction can match. Even so, if you actually travel to Venice you’ll need a few more things on your to-do list than just seeing the canals and perhaps taking one of the famous gondola rides.

Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto is one of the most interesting bridges in Europe, if not the world. Spanning the Grand Canal of Venice, it was originally a smaller wooden structure for several centuries, before collapsing and being rebuilt as a beautiful stone structure in the 16th century. Supposedly the original was built in 1181, meaning the modern attraction – a sturdy bridge for pedestrians and a major tourist attraction – is nearly 900 years old. Ponte di Rialto is wonderful to see from the water if you’re out on a boat, but walking across it is also a cool experience.

St. Mark’s Basilica

The most famous building in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica is even older than the original Ponte di Rialto, having been built in 1092. Just as a reference point for Western tourists, that’s five years after the death of William the Conqueror, whom we tend to think of as a fairly ancient figure. The Basilica is one of the best examples of authentic Byzantine architecture in Italy (or really all of Europe), and even if you’re not one to decipher an individual era of art or architecture it’s a stunning building to behold – more or less a museum in and of itself.

 

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What Every Italian-American Business Owner Could Learn From the Pizza Milano Lawsuit

Every Italian in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania at large knows about the now-notorious Pizza Milano attack. A heated exchange between a patron and the manager of the upscale Italian restaurant has now led to a $5 million lawsuit against the eatery, even though the manager has since been fired. As now is the best time to open your dream family-run Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh, it is important to learn a few lessons from the Pizza Milano case to avoid a similar outcome.

It could happen to anyone

While details of the case are still emerging with a lot of allegedlys and supposedlys still being thrown around, video footage depicts the situation as a manager losing his temper and using violence against a patron, after she tried to use the restroom. While the manager was fired after the incident, the restaurant has now been dealt a $5 million lawsuit on behalf of the patron for personal injury – and it doesn’t look too good for the pizzeria. And before you think to yourself ‘I would never let this happen,’ realize that’s what Pizza Milano’s owner would have most likely thought as well. So what can all of us budding Italian-American entrepreneurs with visions of opening our own Italian restaurant in the city we love, learn from this case? [Read more…]

Thy Cup Runneth Over

A brief introduction into the greatest sporting event on planet earth. Hint It’s not the Super Bowl.

By Anthony Manero

Forget the World Series, The Olympics, The Daytona 500, The Stanley Cup, America’s Cup and the Indy 500, in fact, forget everything that you thought you knew about sports. When 100 million of us sit up to watch (hopefully the Steelers) play the Super Bowl, 1 billion are up all hours on all continents (depending on time zones) to watch (hopefully Italy and the United States) play the biggest sporting event in the world, ‘The World Cup’. That’s 1 in 8 people on planet earth are watching this tournament.

They are watching it in every continent, in every time zone, in every conceivable way. People have parties, fill out town squares and squeeze into venues in the hope of their country winning the biggest prize in sport. That’s right, the biggest sporting event in the world is ‘The World Cup of Football’ or Soccer as it has come to be known.

210 teams started qualifying on the 12th March way back in 2015. The teams played a combined total of 872 matches and scored 2.454 goals in the hope of qualifying for the biggest tournament on planet earth. From that process, the top teams from various divisions go through to the finals tournament held in a different host city each year. [Read more…]

Isabella Rossellini: From Red Carpet to Blue Velvet

By Anthony Manero

Isabella Rossellini is the essence of European beauty. We have seen her live so many lives, the screen siren, the sultry seductress, the pained and crying eyes that could envelope the embers of history and fan the flames of hope. The ambassador of Lancome, the respected mother for a jewelry brand, the sensual actress, the Mediterranean goddess photographed by people named Helmut and Leibovtiz and draped across the pages of Vogue. We have seen her vulnerability in Blue Velvet. We have seen her immortalized fame rolled out like a red carpet to support network darlings like 30 Rock, Friends and Seinfeld. We have seen her blue label flesh posing for Madonna’s ‘Sex” and ‘Erotica’ and felt so transposed that we dare not ask ourselves if it was indeed as a part of a book or a video.

Rossellini once said that the reason of her life is ‘not to be the most beautiful woman in the world’ as if it is a difficult and daring undertaking that she will take a lifetime to not be able to accomplish.

On the eve of her 66th Birthday, we step back from the woman who cut her teeth in Rome and New York, bearing both Italian and American citizenship and recognize that her legend does not just belong to her and her immense body of work, be it artisan or the philanthropic. The ex-wife of Martin Scorsese and David Lynch has had an even greater director in her life, the father of Neo Realist cinema and the father of one Isabella Rossellini, Roberto Rossellini. The woman who would be such a sentinel for love and sex came from parents who were embroiled in affairs of the heart their whole lives, off screen as much as on. [Read more…]