Italian Impact Weekly Podcast

Italian Impact Weekly Podcast

Italian Impact Weekly is a local radio show in the Pittsburgh area which streams live on a weekly basis. Claudio Reilsono and Steve Mancini have a great variety of guests. The show has a lot of impactful stories, with a very uplifting atmosphere. As they say, it is informative and entertaining at the same time!


April 9, 2024 59 mins

In this week's episode, we interview Jack Teitz, the President of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  Jack is a former Big-10 referee with a lot of interesting stories, as well as being the President, Jack provides a lot of entertainment in this episode. 

As was mentioned in the show, if you are interested in learning more about the upcoming awards dinner, visit the website at:  https://westernpasportshof....

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This week we interview Anna Harsh.  Anna is an expert on traditional Italian folk dances, among other dance styles.   As she states, "I am a dancer, writer and a creative soul."   In this interview we talk about how she travels throughout Italy to learn various dance styles and then shares this knowledge through classes, her books, and instruction.  This is a wonderful interview and you will be very surprised to learn about the tru...

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March 26, 2024 38 mins

AJ is back with his latest song, "Lucky Loser".  One we think is heading to the charts...check it out here:, 

And, as usual, this is a wonderful interview with a true up and coming star who is passionate about both his faith and his Italian culture.  Enjoy the interview, then go enjoy the song!

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March 20, 2024 60 mins

John took over Quaker Valley basketball in 1987.  However, he was more than just a coach.  He was a mentor and leader with a real goal of making better people, not just better basketball players.  John shares his winning strategy and some great insight into how to lead.  He shares memorable experiences about his Italian heritage as well as his coaching career.  John is a winner in every sense.

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Coach DiDonato is the head football coach for Grove City College.  He is very passionate about Italian culture, his faith, and his family.  He is also a very powerful motivational speaker.  In this interview, Andrew gives the listeners a real perspective on how to stay grounded regardless of the circumstances.  Andrew is a true winner, not just on the field, but in life!

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March 1, 2024 55 mins

In this episode, we review our 1 year anniversary and make a special announcement for our loyal radio listeners...

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February 23, 2024 56 mins

Nick Redondo is the owner of Friendship Perk and Brew.  A local Pittsburgh guy and veteran, Nick is bringing back the small business/community appeal via his family-friendly business.   This is a great interview which can hopefully inspire others to start thinking in a new light about the kind of businesses we want to see more of.  For more information, check out Nick's site:

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February 15, 2024 55 mins

In this week's episode, Steve and Claudio interview Pat Mendicino.  Pat is the owner of Mendicino Foods located in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA.  This interview presents a lot of fun topics but really, what is your favorite style sauce?  We know you're going to enjoy this week's episode!

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John Perrotto is a journalist who has written for The Beaver County Times, the Baseball Prospectus,, and the Basketball Prospectus. He is a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and a voter in the Baseball Hall of Fame election. 

Karen Ionta is the school president for Kennedy Catholic Schools.  In this interview, Karen provides wonderful insight into the power of Catholic education.  This is...

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February 2, 2024 55 mins

In this week's episode, we interview Michael Pizzuto.  Michael is an up and coming wine importer who specializes in various regional Italian wines.  In this episode we talk everything from these regional wines to cured meats.  As always, it is a fun and entertaining episode!

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In this week's episode we interview two very special guests: Dorina Lantella and Bill Ronayne. 

Dorina is a Wife of 1, Mamma of 6 (5 boys and 1 girl!)  Chef, Soccer Coach/Trainer, Artist, Lover of all things Italian especially Roseto, the best place in the world and a good cappuccino with friends!  She also teaches authentic Italian cooking and offers custom tours to Italy.  For more information, check out her site:  www.dorinaskit...

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January 19, 2024 55 mins

This week we have the please to interview Pat Benincasa.  Pat is a first-generation Italian American woman, visual artist, art educator and podcaster.  She has received national and international recognition for her work and been awarded National Percent for Art,  and General Services Administration (GSA) Art In Architecture commissions. Her selected work is archived in the Minnesota Historical Society.

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January 12, 2024 54 mins

This week we interview Bob Sorrentino.  Bob began researching his family roots in 2008 beginning with his great-grandfather’s calling card brought from Italy by his paternal grandmother Maria Luigia Piromallo. In 2018, he decided to share his experiences in a blog and in 2020 created his podcast Italian Roots and Genealogy. Bob firmly believes that our ancestors want to be found and shares fascinating stories from others who believ...

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December 29, 2023 55 mins

In this week's episode, we brought in a very successful author and speaker who has spent over 25 years working with different entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives - Jeff Getty.  His most recent book, "The Descent is the Real Climb" is a #1 international best seller.  This interview presents a lot of very valuable information and hopefully, will help you become more successful in any of your endeavors.  

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December 22, 2023 55 mins

This week we interview the GREAT Michael Cavalieri!  Michael is an Actor and Writer/Director originally from New York.  Michael made his Acting Debut starring opposite Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank in Columbia Pictures, “The Next Karate Kid.”  Since that debut, he has had supporting roles in numerous features including acclaimed Director Walter Hill’s “Last Man Standing,” starring Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken.  His Direc...

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December 15, 2023 55 mins

In this week's episode, we interview the great Papamutes!   Papamutes is from the Pittsburgh area and has a wonderful podcast where he has interviewed some fantastic guests.  We spend an hour with Papamutes discussing everything from Pittsburgh's little Italy to his start in podcasting.  Again, it's a truly entertaining episode we know you will enjoy.

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December 8, 2023 54 mins

This week we interview the award-winning author, Karen Haid.  (  Karen Haid is the award-winning author of Calabria: The Other Italy and continues her exploration of the bel paese with her latest book Basilicata: Authentic Italy. A fluent Italian speaker, she has spent many years in Southern Italy getting to know the people, their land and culture, which she brings to life in her vivid writing, praised by Pub...

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November 30, 2023 58 mins

Hershey may be known for chocolate but it is also has a very proud Italian heritage which helped enable the success of the area.  For this week's episode, we interviewed a great historian who is very passionate about educating people with respect to the Italian contributions to 'Hershey PA'.  If you would like to learn more, Lou can be reached at:

In addition, the Hershey History Center contains numerous ar...

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November 16, 2023 55 mins

In this week's episode, we interview well-renowned author, Peter Belmonte.  Pete retired from the US Air Force after having served for twenty years, first as an enlisted man and then as an officer.  He is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.  Pete has written numerous historical books about Italian-Americans and their service such as Italian-Americans in World War II (2001),  Calabrian-Americans in the US Military During World...

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This week we interview Amani D'Ambrosio.  Amani is an up and coming golfer who has set a goal for himself to become a Major champion!  He is well on his way as a successful golfer with Barry University.  In this interview, we talk with Amani and learn about his approach but more importantly, what drives him.

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