Youngstown

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...

The Pride of Youngstown

October 2015 |
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...

Lowellville: The Mahoning Valley's Unofficial Little Italy

August 2015 |
Lowellville is a small village nestled along the banks of the Mahoning River, just west of the Pennsylvania border and nine miles from Youngstown. You won't find the streets busy with tourists like you do in the big city "Little Italys" around the...

St. Rocco's, Youngstown

January 2014 |
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...

Buon Natale from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

December 2012 |
A blessed, holy and Merry Christmas 2012! Buon Natale! Recently a friend from many Christmases past asked me to describe what Christmas is like, from a pastor's point of view, at the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Youngtown. This friend who is...
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