Ben Lariccia

Ben Lariccia, contributing writer, Youngstown, Ohio

Century-old Penn Mac Anchors Pittsburgh’s Strip District

September 2016
In operation since 1902, the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest retail establishments and one of the area’s best-known Italian specialty stores. A popular shopping destination for locals and out of town...


Local Students Participate in Culture Display

September 2016
Each year a unique attraction at the Warren Italian American Festival is the Culture display in a tent in front of the Courthouse. Inside the tent, the Italian flag is displayed in the center and the flags from the 20 regions are around the...


Local Italian American Scholar in Italy

August 2016
Anthony Dion Mitzel è un caso di “immigrazione inversa”. Docente di lingua inglese e linguistica presso l'Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna a Forlì, è figlio di immigrati italiani negli Stati Uniti....


Dr. Carla Simonini of YSU

July 2016
Since 2010, Dr. Simonini has been Assistant Professor of Italian at Youngstown State University (YSU). She is a frequent writer and conference presenter on Italian American Studies. Recently, she assumed the position of editor of the journal...


Pope Francis Elevates Youngstown Church to Basilica Status

April 2016
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...


Steamship Ticket to the United States: November 22, 1911

March 2016
A. Name of steamship company: Navigazione Generale Italiana. Headquarters in Rome and offices in Genoa, Palermo, Naples. and Venice. B. Control number issued by Emigration Office in Naples. Ticket good for one passenger in 3rd class. C. Name...


Jimmy's Italian Bakery and Deli, Youngstown

March 2016
Not long ago, the Italian American community boasted an array of organizations that fostered the values and customs of "the old country." Many of these institutions are disappearing. Increasingly, people of Italian heritage turn to their Italian...


St. Anthony's Pizza Makers

February 2016
Begun over 40 years ago, the weekly Friday pizza sale at St. Anthony's Church in the Brier Hill section of Youngstown is a testament to the Italian American value of working in community. The initial idea came from Monsignor John DeMarinis,...


Italians of the Greater Mahoning Valley

January 2016
The recently published "Italians of the Greater Mahoning Valley" made its appearance this holiday season under many local Christmas trees. The 127-page collection of historic photos and scholarly commentary sheds light on one of the most...


A Taste of Home at Carmella's Café

December 2015
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...


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