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…]

Calling On The Cinquecento Once Again

In 1957, the Fiat Company did for the Italians what Volkswagen did for the Germans with the Beetle in 1945. It created the Fiat 500 – or The Cinquecento – a car to carry the Italian family through their daily lives. The car is built to last, is easy to maintain, and the costs are affordable for the average family. For years the Fiat 500 was a symbol of the Italian middle class, lining up outside in the city streets in front of apartments. Few things epitomize the Italian lifestyle as much as cooking, but the Fiat 500 comes pretty close.

A Brief Respite For The Beloved 500

The end of the Cinquecento was written on the wall when the company had to massive restructuring to the design thanks to the “suicide doors”. 1965 Called for dramatic changes and with the Sports model looking to recoup some of the sales thereafter, it was only a matter of time before this beloved stalwart of the motoring world became a relic of the past. The Fiat Company decided to stop further production on the Fiat 500 and instead focused attention on the newer, more modern Fiat 132 and 133. These were bigger and sturdier, playing into the desires of drivers in the seventies. [Read more…]

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?

By Alberto Amore

Romeo and Juliet is a ripoff. There, I said it.

Bill Shakespeare ripped it off just like he ripped off pretty much everything he did. He was a rapper of yesteryear, sampling, reshaping and reselling old songs that had been sung time and time again, but to a new audience, a British audience. It is a practice that has always been in play and copyright lawyers rub their collective hands together with the knowledge that it always will. But let’s be honest.

Do we want to hear the world’s greatest love story from the point of view of an Englishman? If you want your romance to be microwave spag bol, by all means, help yourself. However, if you want passion on a plate, if you want to be serenaded and romanced with the finest wines and the embrace of sun-kissed Mediterranean ingredients, then you need authentic Italian food. And as for romance, you may side with the land of Monty Python and Mr. Bean or you may look to the land of Casanova, Rudolph Valentino and Romeo and Giulietta.

In the Shakespearean version, when Juliet leans over the Balcony (as it is often portrayed) and calls out

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

She is not asking where Romeo is, contrary to the direction of English teachers and Directors the world over. ‘Wherefore’ does not mean ‘Where’ nor did it in Shakespearean England. Wherefore would be understood as closer to why,  changing the lazy interpretation of ‘Where is Romeo?’ to ‘Why’ does this object of my love and adoration have to be he, a Montague, a member of a rival family.  [Read more…]