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Every episode of The Sopranos was uniquely wonderful and horrible, at once forcing me with its patterned silk-clad Italian-American strength to weep with laughter and seek one-to-five more milligrams of Zoloft. No character arc was each of these more so than that of Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri, the endlessly sweet, often dense, food-loving soldier an...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce that it will be launching two new scholarships this year thanks to NIAF Member Salvatore “Sal” Catanese’s generous financial support. Catanese funds the Salvatore “Sal” Catanese Clark County Scholarship and the Salvatore “Sal” Catanese National Scholarship. NIAF Board Co-Chair P...

On the Top Chef episode “Carne!”, Hollywood screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe (Master of None) surprises the chefs. She informs them of their next challenge: to make the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. The famous Louisville dish is an open-faced sandwich consisting of turkey and bacon and Mornay sauce. It can be baked or broiled. It’s ca...

Imagine a world without Italy: Painting without Michelangelo. Literature without Dante. No Valentino red. Your readers know Italy embodies a culture that transformed art and architecture, language and music, food and fashion. But how did a peninsula smaller than California leave such an imprint? ⁠Award-winning author Dianne Hales credits la passion...

In seguito alle numerose richieste pervenute dai connazionali residenti in Nord America, ieri Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli, deputata di Forza Italia eletta in Centro e Nord America, ha presentato una interrogazione ai ministri dell’Istruzione e degli Esteri per venire incontro alle esigenze delle famiglie italiane all’estero che devono certificare la...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce that, as of last week, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin has reopened after two years of restoration. NIAF, with the support of its members and donors, contributed $30,000 (€27,000) to the chapel’s restoration project in 2016. A NIAF delegation visited the chapel in June 20...

Leo P. Ribuffo, a scholar of American political history who specialized in examining the rise of the far right, arguing that mainstream historians had underestimated and misunderstood its influence, died Nov. 27 at his home in Washington. He was 73. The cause was hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said a friend, Bruce Rich....

“I would be jumping up and down telling my friends: ‘Oh my god, don’t you see what’s happening—we need to do something!’” Ippolita Rostagno tells host Dennis Scully in the latest episode of the Business of Home podcast. “But of course, these problems seem so large that it’s like, Where do you start? This is an Italy problem.” Rostagno is familiar w...

Scott Volpe of Tucson, Arizona-based Fiamme Pizza claimed the first-place trophy in the dough-spinning Freestyle Acrobatics category of the U.S. Pizza Team’s Acrobatic Trials, held Monday, Jan. 14, at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The USPT event has become an annual tradition in Columbus, but this year’s edition had a new wrink...

Let’s start with a simple question: what does “living the Italian way” mean to you? Perhaps you are passionate about art and have always dreamed of visiting and experiencing Italian cities and their artistic and architectural treasures. Maybe you love being on top of the latest fashion trend, and that unparalleled Italian touch is exactly what meet...

One of the most important ways to preserve Italian American culture is with the stories of our ancestors. Through written accounts, these memories provide not only family records but also historical value. Joseph C. Polacco was inspired to write about his mother, Vina, because it was the link to his Italian heritage; a connection back to his old ne...

Buon Anno and Happy 2019 to all of our paisani out there!  This first episode of the New Year is the fourth and final part of our four-part Power Hour series on Italian American history.  John, Pat and Dolores reunite to reveal the books behind their knowledge of the Italian American experience. We bet you can’t listen to this episode without addin...