Ben Lariccia

Ben Lariccia, contributing writer, Youngstown, Ohio

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...


La Mia Strada / My Road

September 2015
While producing a documentary in Italy for John Carroll University, Dr. Santa Casciani (Associate Producer) introduced Michael DiLauro, Cleveland-born five time EMMY Award Winning filmmaker, to the Transumanza phenomenon, the centuries-old culture...


Brigands

August 2015
The first night of our 1992 family reunion in Montelongo, my paternal grandparents' village, Zia Mariannina and Zia Rita locked the door and then barred it with a two-by-four. I looked at my mother. Was this a movie set of the lawless Old West? The...


Italian Americans and World War I

July 2015
Though postwar U.S.A. experienced a depression that lasted until 1921, the severe economic and social upheavals that hit Italy in the wake of WWI had little parallel in the U.S. In fact, the period of the 1920s was one of general prosperity -the...


Steel Museum Offers Youngstown's Italian Heritage Online

January 2015
Mention the "Steel Museum" and Youngstowners proudly point to the modern structure at 151 W. Wood Street. Officially known as the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the institution is operated by Youngstown State University...


Youngstown Memories of Torrone

November 2014
Il torrone è uno dei dolci natalizi più diffusi in tutta Italia e vanta origini molto antiche. Conosciuto già all'epoca dei Romani, prende il nome dal verbo latino "torrere", che significa "tostare", con riferimento alla...


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