Category: Articles

Life-Changing Pizza

Hungry in Hamilton? Stop by Chester’s Pizza for a slice of family history and authentic Italian pizza.

Fran’s Many Miracles

Learn about the series of miracles that shaped educator Fran Marafino’s life, and how she changed so many lives over the years.

Papa’s Presepio

Do you remember putting up your presepio with your family at Christmas? Read an account of our memories of these special times.

A Family Museum

Read about Madeline’s family museum, and one unlikely treasure she rediscovered.

Tony Bennett: A Symphony of Creativity

Tony Bennett, the world-renowned singer whose career spanned decades, was also a talented painter. Learn more about how an art institute in Ohio got his career started.

The Power of a Mystery

Discover the history of Italian American business, determination, and success in Hamilton, Ohio in this article featuring Brad Spurlock’s research, manager of the Smith History Library and Cummins Room at Lane Public Library.

Whistle While You Work: The Carfagna Dining Dynasty

Looking for a delectable bite to eat in the Columbus area? Hoping to experience a family-friendly atmosphere centered around the hard work of many generations? Carfagna’s Ristorante and Market is the place for you.

The Weight A Stamp Carries: History Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

Are you a stamp collector? If so, check out this article about Gerardo Perrotta, whose love of stamps led him to write his book, “Phila-Italy Americana: Italian Themes on United States Postage Stamps.”

“Two-Gun” Hart: An Italian American Cowboy

Read about Al Capone’s mysterious brother, Richard Hart, an Italian American cowboy and prohibition agent.

Another Mob Movie?

How many movies does it take to perpetuate the stereotype of Italian Americans as mobsters? Just one, but “The Wise Guys” will do it again.