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Essere o non essere Italoamericani? Un’introduzione. [da "Essere o non essere Italoamericani", Nuova Prosa n.50, 2009]

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Sono un Italoamericano. Anche se appartengo a quella generazione, sbarcata in America all'alba del 2000, che non lo ammetterà mai. Siamo emigranti (siamo venuti a studiare e lavorare negli Stati Uniti perché in Italia non c'erano possibilità, non c'era lavoro) abbiamo un senso della patria molto flebile (suvvia, non siamo nemmeno Francesi) giuriamo che in Italia non ci torneremmo mai ("a fare cosa?") siamo critici nei confronti del modus vivendi americano benché l'America ci abbia davvero dato opportunità nemmeno immaginabili in Italia (è innegabile) ci lusinghiamo tra noi a parlar male dell'Italia come se l'avessimo scampata bella (forse è vero) ma, consapevoli di come l'Italia sia di moda negli Stati Uniti, ci identifichiamo orgogliosamente come "Italiani". "Italiani all'estero". "Italiani in America".
Mai – mai – Italoamericani.

 

Eppure dieci anni fa siamo arrivati qui, sulla soglia dei trent'anni, senza valigie di cartone ma sotto sotto con la stessa speranza dei nostri compatrioti di cent'anni fa: che le strade fossero lastricate d'oro. Eppure l'America la sognavamo da piccini, grazie a Topolino e Paperino, a Hollywood, alla tivù, a "Dallas" ed "Happy days," ai romanzi di Mark Twain prima e Scott Fitzgerald poi - il nostro immaginario pregno dei cieli sconfinati in Technicolor, di spazi illimitati ricolmi di sole, di rosse pompe di benzina, vecchi motel e bottiglie di latte sulla soglia di casette stile Paperopoli, e naturalmente i grattacieli di New York, le sue strade luccicanti di pioggia con la voce di Frank Sinatra in sottofondo, i teatri di Broadway (il sapore intenso, magico, che sprigionavano – proustianamente - i nomi di luoghi americani, Grand Canyon, Far West, California...)
Eravamo Italoamericani ancora prima d'arrivarci, in America.

 

Non ci diciamo mai Italoamericani, eppure la nostra lingua comincia pericolosamente a corrompersi, la struttura inglese si sovvrappone e si confonde a quella italiana, alcuni di noi si lamentano di non riuscire più a scrivere in Italiano, cominciamo a pronunciare frasi quali "Ho avuto un buon tempo" (I had a good time) o "Sono aspettato di fare questo" (I'm expected to do this) se non addirittura "sono supposta" (I'm supposed). Spesso la parola inglese arriva prima di quella italiana oppure formuliamo, più o meno coscientemente, orrendi neologismi: in ambiente accademico, scriviamo un paper (un saggio) o droppiamo un corso (to drop, ritirarsi). E non solo questo: non è più scandalosa l'idea di far colazione con uova e salsicce, viviamo in case più grandi di quello che ci servono, facciamo debiti, celebriamo Thanksgiving, beviamo caffé lunghissimo davanti a una partita di football, alcuni di noi – quelli ormai senza speranza – mangiano maccheroni&cheese.
Ma non ci diciamo Italoamericani.

 

Forse perché la parola ha in sé una sfumatura grottesca – Italiano è stato mozzato e Americano si affardella sulle spalle Italo, come un peccato originale da cui è impossibile liberarsi. C'è un che di macchiettistico, di ridicolo, di oltraggioso, di miserabile che risuona in Italoamericano – provate a chiedere a un Italiano le prime cose che gli vengono in mente a pronunciare Italoamericano, vi dirà spaghetti, mandolino, o sole mio (gli Italoamericani hanno ereditato l'immagine stereotipica che per decenni è gravata sugli Italiani) . Chiedetelo a un Americano, vi dirà: mafia.


Gli Italoamericani, si badi, hanno le loro colpe – si veda il saggio di Anthony Tamburri – a cominciare dal fatto che difficilmente si identificano come tali, nemmeno i più anziani: si dicono Italiani ma l'Italia non l'hanno mai vista o non la vedono da anni (però se la sono inventata, come noi più giovani, prima d'arrivare, ci siamo inventati l'America: questa Italia immaginaria, nutrita da vecchi racconti, dalla nostalgia, dagli inganni della memoria – ecco di nuovo Proust - occupa nella loro vita uno spazio maggiore di quello che occupa nella vita di chi l'Italia la vive quotidianamente). Inoltre non parlano una parola d'Italiano (anche se molti sono convinti di sì) e nei loro ristoranti italiani offrono specialità italiane mai sentite nominare in Italia.

 

Ma per tutte queste ragioni siamo gente affascinante, noi Italoamericani, difficili da definire: si pensi che io, Italoamericano del 2000 che non s'è mai definito tale fino a questo momento, insegno Italiano a giovani studenti che sono nipoti o bisnipoti di emigranti. Questi studenti – orgogliosamente – si dicono Italiani. Si badi, Italiani. Non Italoamericani (ci risiamo). Perché l'Italia è diventata, nell'immaginario americano, soprattutto quello dei giovani studenti, catalizzatrice di tutto ciò che non è Americano, è il Paese dove corre la vita vera – tanto per usare una frase che usava Pavese per definire la bramata America settant'anni fa – perché gli Italiani sanno vivere. Chi ha messo in giro questa bufala, non so. Ma la cosa interessante è che questi studenti dicono che vogliono imparare l'Italiano per poter parlare con i nonni italiani. Non con i genitori, che non sanno spiccicare una parola d'Italiano e questi sì, si definiscono Americani, in quanto i loro genitori – i nonni dei miei studenti – han fatto di tutto per americanizzarli, per fare in modo che non apparissero italiani, che non soffrissero gli stessi pregiudizi sofferti sulla loro pelle. Qualcosa è cambiato.

 

Si può capire come un' identità così ricca di impulsi da diverse direzioni, così (ecco, mi viene l'aggettivo inglese invece di quello italiano) fluida e in perpetuo smottamento (ma come tutte le identità, probabilmente) sia divenuta origine di meditazioni, scritture, studi intensi, appassionati, vitali – spesso sottovalutati, sia in Italia che in America in quanto italoamericani ma anche perché, mi sembra, diversi scrittori e intellettuali che s'identificano come italoamericani stanno chiusi nel guscio, rischiando di autoghettizzarsi e di raccontarsela fra loro.


L'importanza di questo volume sta proprio in questo: proporre – anzi, raccontare - al pubblico italiano (non al pubblico italoamericano) una realtà di storie, riflessioni, produzioni intellettuali ed artistiche ancora sconosciute. Sbarazzandosi degli stereotipi sulla scrittura italoamericana, cresciuti all'interno e all'esterno della comunità italoamericana. È un mondo vivo, palpitante, non è solo nostalgia e lamenti e cibo – anche se è pure questo, certo – e forse vale la pena conoscerlo.

 

Spero, quindi, che il volume offra uno spettro più ampio possibile di temi e di scritture – si va da quella più scanzonata e briosa a quella più analitica, dal racconto più divertito a quello più sofferto, dall'autobiografia alla storia, dalla critica letteraria alla fiction. Il volume si divide idealmente in tre parti. Nella prima gli autori raccontano e invitano il lettore a condividere nodi, sfaccettature e passioni dell'identità italoamericana. Tanto che lo scritto autobiografico di Louise DeSalvo, che apre il volume, s'intitola: Diventare italoamericana (dal Meridione). A seguire, L'anno di Cristoforo Colombo, dove Alessandro Carrera ci racconta le tragicomiche vicende di un Italiano alle prese con le celebrazioni di Colombo, figura sacra per gli Italoamericani. Sacra è anche la figura dell'Italoamericano padre di famiglia, cattolico e virile: ma Ilaria Serra, in La letteratura gay italoamericana: le streghe son tornate smonta un altro stereotipo legato all'italoamericanità, quella del machismo, ed illustra l'intrecciarsi di identità italoamericana ed identità omosessuale. Dopo il già menzionato saggio di Anthony Tamburri Uno stato d'animo italiano/americano, che critica dal di dentro certi aspetti della cultura italoamericana, chiude la prima sezione il saggio di Peter Carravetta, Migrazione, storia, esistenza che fissa un punto di partenza per qualsiasi indagine su cosa siano gli Italoamericani oggi, risalendo la corrente e andando all'origine per interrogarsi sulla storia e sulla natura del migrare.


Come naturale sviluppo della prima parte, dedicata agli aspetti dell'identità italoamericana, e introduzione all'ultima parte, dedicata alle short-stories di gusto italoamericano, ecco tre saggi specificatamente d'analisi letteraria: ma anche qui, tre momenti assolutamente diversi, tre autori lontanissimi fra loro. Martino Marazzi, in Lacrime e libertà. Profilo di Ludovico Michele Caminita c'introduce all'opera di uno scrittore italoamericano insolito, capace di adoperare ironicamente uno dei brani più celebri di Manzoni per farne spunto di denuncia sociale. Nel Diritto all'etnicità:
Italoamericanità nei legal thriller di Lisa Scottoline Chiara Mazzucchelli, demolendo un altro tabù, si occupa di un'autrice, Lisa Scottoline, che pur definendosi italoamericana, pur essendo i suoi personaggi italoamericani con tutto quel che ne consegue, pur trattando, come si legge nel saggio della studiosa, temi cari alla cultura italoamericana – viene considerata, in quanto autrice popolare, indegna d'entrare nei santuari dell'accademia. Infine, Robert Viscusi, in Spaghetti Western ci parla di sogno americano, tratto essenziale per gli Italoamericani, che nella vicenda di The Fortunate Pilgrim di Mario Puzo si mescola continuamente all'immaginario prodotto dall'epopea Western.


A concludere il volume, la fiction. Il luogo comune (il che non vuol dire che sia del tutto falso) sulla fiction italoamericana è che si parli sempre di cannoli, nonne, e rosari. Rita Ciresi invece, vincitrice del prestigioso Flannery O'Connor Award, autrice che si identifica assolutamente come Italoamericana e non solo per il cognome, si presenta per la prima volta al pubblico italiano con un racconto che non ha nulla di specificatamente italoamericano, e la donna di cui narra potrebbe essere qualsiasi donna di qualsiasi etnia: gli scrittori italoamericani non scrivono solo per gli italoamericani.


Con Terremoto napoletano, John Domini ci propone il primo capitolo del suo nuovo romanzo, nato originariamente come short-story e qui presente in quanto tale, laddove una famiglia di Americani si trova d'improvviso catapultata a Napoli.
Mi benedica Padre, di Fred Gardaphe, narra invece di un giovinetto italoamericano che deve sbrigarsela fra un'esuberante e gioiosa sessualità adolescenziale e i precetti cattolici della mamma e di padre Frank.


A chiudere il volume, Vito di Salvatore Mammano, un gioiellino che ha una vicenda romantica alle spalle: un giorno del 2007 il figlio Nick, professore di chimica in pensione, ha scovato dei fogli sparsi, fittamente scritti a mano, tra le pagine di vecchi libri di scuola e quelle di un suo vecchio e consunto quaderno d'appunti, oltre a una ricevuta per la riparazione di un televisore datata 1948: erano l'autobiografia del padre, morto nel '64. Ha consegnato i fogli ad Ilaria Serra, sempre in cerca di autobiografie d'emigranti, che m'ha segnalato in particolare l'episodio di Vito, che ho trovato straordinario sia per la scrittura sia per la sua modernità - in quest'epoca di religiosità ostentata e strumentalizzata. A mia richiesta, Nick Mammano ha accettato di limarlo per eliminare i rari refusi, qualche ripetizione ed altro, ma lasciandolo intatto nella forma e nella sostanza. Io l'ho tradotto fedelmente e qui è presentato come short-story proprio per il suo squisito andamento di racconto, perché l'autore evidentemente non si limita ad informare ma reinventa il ricordo, perché sembra scritto per un pubblico e mi sembra suggellare la varietà di questo volume, dimostrando peraltro come lo storytelling, talento attribuito più spesso ad altre etnie, possa appartenere anche un uomo nato a Brooklyn all'inizio del secolo, figlio di Siciliani - un Italoamericano.

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In praise of the Mediterranean Diet

In praise of the Mediterranean Diet

What is the Mediterranean Diet? A couple of months ago, the New York Times tried to answer this question, emphasizing that "for decades, health authorities have argued that the diet of people living in Mediterranean countries, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region's historically low rates of heart disease".   However, relaunching...

Bryan Voltaggio is opening Aggio in Loudoun County

Bryan Voltaggio is opening Aggio in Loudoun County

Fans of Bryan Voltaggio's Aggio were disappointed when the chef closed the quasi-pop-up inside of Range last year, leaving behind the Italian concept's second location in Baltimore.   Now Voltaggio and business partner Hilda Staples have decided to bring the restaurant back for a Washington-area audience. On Aug. 10, it will open at the One Loudoun development and take the place of...

Domenica Marchetti on preserving Italian food and family traditions

Domenica Marchetti on preserving Italian food and family traditions

In this episode, we interview Domenica Marchetti on one of the oldest Italian traditions, preserving food. Many Italians and early Italian Americans needed to preserve food to survive, and in this episode Domenica discusses both the importance of preserving food and flavors and the mechanics of how to do it the right way.   Our Italian-American Story Segment features a conversation between...

Rita's Italian Ice Expands with New Locations Across Florida

Rita's Italian Ice Expands with New Locations Across Florida

Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard has announced a new 50 store development agreement to expand the fast growing frozen treat brand into North and South Florida. Sunshine State Ice Empire, LLC, partners Matt Rasmussen and Harry and Helen Dong will be working to establish 50 new Rita's locations in sunny Florida. Sunshine State Ice Empire signed the agreement at...

Coffee & Doughnuts with Little Italy's 'Star Trek' priest

Coffee & Doughnuts with Little Italy's 'Star Trek' priest

By Paul McMullen   The Catholic Review recently spoke with Pallottine Father Bernard P. Carman, pastor of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy and Star Trek fan.   CR: What and where are your Catholic roots? FATHER CARMAN: Dad's family (Italian and Irish) always was Catholic. Mom's (English, Finnish, German, Blackfoot Native American) was Baptist, but then Grandmom Berglund, the "matriarch," had a fight...

The Italian game of “Bocce” is becoming more popular in Western Massachusetts

The Italian game of “Bocce” is becoming more popular in Western Massachusetts

Italian-Americans who made Springfield their home many years ago brought the game of bocce to Western Massachusetts. Bocce is now more popular than ever thanks in no small part to bocce enthusiast Rico Daniele. The south end food store owner champions the game. He's been largely responsible for its continued growth here in the Pioneer Valley.   Daniele explained to 22News, "I wrote the...

Olive Branch brings Mediterranean-Italian fine dining to Mount Dora

Olive Branch brings Mediterranean-Italian fine dining to Mount Dora

The Olive Branch Grille and Bar is one of the newest additions to the fine dining choices in downtown Mount Dora, offering authentic Mediterranean-Italian dishes under the leadership of Executive Chef Jerry Vejseli. Since its grand opening on New Year's Eve, the restaurant has become an attraction for lunch and dinner.   "My wife, Karen, and I were looking for the perfect...

La Sicilia oltre l'Italia, le comunità nel mondo A difesa della cultura dall'Arg…

La Sicilia oltre l'Italia, le comunità nel mondo A difesa della cultura dall'Argentina al Texas

Sicilitudine. Così Leonardo Sciascia definiva il senso di attaccamento che i siciliani vivono con la propria terra. L'evoluzione di una storia segnata dalla contaminazione con culture molto diverse ha reso la Sicilia una delle regioni italiane più definite sotto il profilo culturale. Ma cosa vuol dire essere siciliano per chi, nel tempo, dall'Isola è dovuto emigrare?   Attualmente, nei paesi di emigrazione...

Saint Leo restaurant on Oxford Square is a hot spot

Saint Leo restaurant on Oxford Square is a hot spot

By Allen Brewer   After several years of planning, Emily Blount has finally opened her fist restaurant, Saint Leo, in the heart of Oxford. The old fashion wood-fire oven pizza restaurant, located on the east side of the Square, offers a newer, fresher taste for local pizza lovers.   Opening on June 30, Saint Leo offers Oxonians a little slice of Rome in Mississippi. Blount...

Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Celebrates Joe Ripoly

Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Celebrates Joe Ripoly

The 34th Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicked off Wednesday by celebrating the memory of 2016 "Italian-American of the Year" Joe Ripoly, who was present in spirit. Ripoly passed away May 14 — just days after learning he was to be this year's festival honoree.   The festival committee each year recognizes its Italian-American of the Year as the guest of...

Umbria and Jazz. Who Knew?

Umbria and Jazz. Who Knew?

By Jessica Andrews When I was in Umbria I stopped off at a small family-run winery just outside of Spello. Enrico, the nephew of the owner (the only one who spoke English well enough to give the tour to an American) was on Spring holiday from the university in Perugia, a fact that he mentioned several times during my hour with...

Colleyville City Council approves economic incentive for new Italian restaurant

Colleyville City Council approves economic incentive for new Italian restaurant

By Sherelle Black At the July 19 Colleyville City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved a $10,000 economic development incentive grant for a new Italian restaurant, Loveria Caffe.   The grant is to be used for exterior improvements and site signage at the restaurant's location in Colleyville Town Center at 5617 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville.   Read more   Source: https://communityimpact.com/  

Girolamo John Dominis, un italiano nel Pacifico

Girolamo John Dominis, un italiano nel Pacifico

di Elisabetta de Dominis  La vita è viaggio. Talvolta però il viaggio non è più possibile. L'unica possibilità è fuggire. La fuga è sempre l'inizio di un nuovo viaggio: verso la salvezza. Eppure fuggire è un po' morire. L'anima che vuole salvare il corpo si sente morire. E' indissolubilmente legata al proprio luogo, ai propri affetti, a quel passato che chiamiamo...

From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential

From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential

The first thing you notice about Salvo Foti's new Aeris vineyard in the foothills of Mount Etna is the sponginess of the soil. In parts of the closely planted 15-acre vineyard, where the young carricante grapevines are trained to grow vertically on chestnut posts in the ancient alberello fashion, powdery soil can seem to engulf a shoe pressed too heavily...

Why Italian restaurateur is betting big on Atlantic City

Why Italian restaurateur is betting big on Atlantic City

Gino Iovino doubled down and risked it all on Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Where others saw gritty urban facades with little to offer, Iovino saw diamonds in the rough.   First, he gambled on an Italian restaurant - Girasole Ristorante, at 13th and Locust Streets - in 1990, when there was not as much of a food scene in downtown Philadelphia. It...

Lamborghini Opens Ad Personam Customization Center in Italy

Lamborghini Opens Ad Personam Customization Center in Italy

Lamborghini has opened the Ad Personam Studio at its historic Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters: an area dedicated entirely to the company's customization program, which enables each customer to create his or her very own, Lamborghini.   The Ad Personam Studio is located in the heart of the company's production facility, and its concept and furnishings inspired by creative spaces and design studios. It...

Committee cooking up another hearty Festa Italiana

Committee cooking up another hearty Festa Italiana

Summer break may be halfway over, but there's still more to celebrate! With just a month to go, the Festa Italiana Committee is cooking up another hearty event for area residents to look forward to. In fact, they want you to gear up for good food and good times, setting this year's theme as "Celebrate! Family, Friends and Tradition." "That's what Festa is...

U.S. Pizza Museum sets up shop at Logan Square's Whistler

U.S. Pizza Museum sets up shop at Logan Square's Whistler

There's a museum for pizza? You bet. Sort of. The U.S. Pizza Museum doesn't have a permanent physical home, but you can see items from its collection online and in pop-up exhibitions like the one at Whistler Storefront Gallery in Logan Square.   The exhibit focuses on pizza pop culture and Logan Square pizzerias. Artifacts include video games about pizza, ShowBiz Pizza...

Furniture Brand Minotti opens a showroom in the Miami Design District

Furniture Brand Minotti opens a showroom in the Miami Design District

As Miami's Design District continues to explode with wildly architectural storefronts and top-of-the-line flagship boutiques, luxury furniture brands are snapping up real estate as quickly as they can, hoping to capture the interest of a new crop of international shoppers furnishing contemporary homes in the city. The latest to open its doors? Italian furniture brand Minotti. "It's the latest destination," says...

Piada Italian Street Food could open Tyler location

Piada Italian Street Food could open Tyler location

Piada Italian Street Food could soon open a Tyler location, company officials confirmed on Monday. The company has already posted an employment an on Facebook looking for managers. But no location or opening date has yet been announced.   Piada Italian Street Food is a fast-casual Italian concept with locations in Richardson, Frisco, Fort Worth, Houston, Sugar Land, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan...

Shoot on Versace's biopic to begin in December

Shoot on Versace's biopic to begin in December

The shooting for a film on Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace's life will begin in December.Directed by Bille August, it will star Antonio Banderas. "We will be shooting in Milan, Reggio Calabria and Miami, where he lived. There will be other stars in the cast but at the moment I cannot say anything else," the Danish director said at the...

Campari: Italy's Classic Apéritif Liqueur

Campari: Italy's Classic Apéritif Liqueur

What began as a pop-up from bartenders Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta graduated to a permanent home when the Freehand debuted back in 2012. Since then, the Shaker has been spreading liquid courage via a smart list of fruit-forward tipples, often served in vintage glassware with paper straws.   But don't get it twisted because this isn't quite a tiki bar, despite...

‘Italian California Dreaming’: dalla Biennale di Anagni e Frosinone all’IIc di L…

‘Italian California Dreaming’: dalla Biennale di Anagni e Frosinone all’IIc di Los Angeles

Quasi 90 artisti, una decina dei quali provenienti da tutto il mondo e 180 opere esposte, dal primo al 30 aprile ad Anagni e Frosinone, per la Rassegna di Arte Visiva Contemporanea che ha visto sino ad oggi le personali di 160 artisti di tutta Italia e della California, con centinaia di visitatori.   Per la prima volta, quest'anno, una giuria internazionale...

Review: Modern on the Rails Brings Italian to a 19th-Century Station

Review: Modern on the Rails Brings Italian to a 19th-Century Station

Westchester County has some evocative old train stations, and the 19th-century brick beauty in Mamaroneck is among the loveliest. Unused for travel for years, it opened last October as the setting for Modern on the Rails, a new outpost of the beloved Modern restaurant in New Rochelle.   Enter the restaurant and you will immediately feel a sense of possibility. It is...

Through the eyes of a child: my Italian village

Through the eyes of a child: my Italian village

[This is the first of a series of columns that explores the world of adults from the eyes of a child] I was raised in an Italian village surrounded by four generations of loving and colorful relatives. I remember well our daily life. Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, fourteen cousins and family friends always seemed right there.   As a 4-year-old student, dressed in my...

Louie's Old Mill, an Italian BYOB, opens in Hatboro

Louie's Old Mill, an Italian BYOB, opens in Hatboro

Brooklyn-bred Louie Zweifach is the Louie behind Louie's Old Mill, a revamp of Hatboro's landmark Old Mill Inn at Horsham and York Roads. The Italian BYOB - whose specialties are red-gravy dishes (lasagna, meatballs, clams oreganata) and mammoth desserts (milkshakes, sundaes, cannoli) - is to premiere July 19. It will serve dinner initially; private events will follow later this summer.   Read more   Source: http://www.philly.com/    

Italian Heritage Fest at Kensico Dam “Piazza”

Italian Heritage Fest at Kensico Dam “Piazza”

by Kathy Welsh   Enjoy the culture, music and food of Italy at the Italian Heritage Celebration, Sunday, July 24, from noon to 7 p.m., at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. The event is part of a series of cultural heritage festivals held in the parks on weekends during the summer. Astorino - Cultural Days in Westchester"I always appreciate seeing the beautiful...

How to get a free pizza at Brickell's newest Italian eatery this week

How to get a free pizza at Brickell's newest Italian eatery this week

By Amanda Mesa To help build the buzz leading up to its grand opening, Brickell's upcoming eatery, Tino's, is inviting guests to come get a first-taste. Helmed by Chef Constantine de Lucia, the soon-to-open Italian spot will offer guests chef-selected wine starting at $6 a glass from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. With every glass purchased, guests will get...

Fun and Games: It's Italian Festa time in Baton Rouge

Fun and Games: It's Italian Festa time in Baton Rouge

See Lena Prima in concert, browse the Little Italy shopping village or play bocce ball. The annual Italian Heritage Festa this weekend also offers a presentation of Italian Maids, live Italian and dance music, a St. Joseph's Altar, a "grape stomp" with local celebrities, a vino stroll, Italian genealogy sessions, children's activities, and Italian food and drinks.   Presented by the Greater Baton...

A special invitation from NIAF President John M. Viola

A special invitation from NIAF President John M. Viola

Dear Friends and Supporters, It's a great joy for me to reach out to all of you today, in the height of a glorious summer, to remind you that October, Italian American Heritage Month, is just around the corner. As you know, for 40 years now NIAF has held our incomparable Gala Weekend to celebrate our community's countless accomplishments; today I...

A Gagliano Aterno (L’Aquila) inaugurato il Corso di lingua e cultura italiana de…

A Gagliano Aterno (L’Aquila) inaugurato il Corso di lingua e cultura italiana della Wayne State University (Detroit)

Si è tenuta, sabato scorso, a Gagliano Aterno, la cerimonia di inaugurazione del 12° corso di lingua e cultura Italiana, che la Wayne State University di Detroit svolge a Gagliano Aterno. La Wayne State University e' l'università metropolitana più grande degli Stati Uniti d'America, ha scelto la Regione Abruzzo, e precisamente il Comune di Gagliano Aterno (L'Aquila), nel Parco regionale...

Festa Italiana Returns to Milwaukee’s Lakefront

Festa Italiana Returns to Milwaukee’s Lakefront

Festa Italiana, the area's largest Italian Festival, is coming to Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds July 22-24. This year's festival will feature the usual mix of Italian food, beer and music, with a number of new highlights. An Italian piazza, or city square, will be on the north end of the grounds featuring Italian art, history, cinema, religious artifacts and a vintage photo...

Morelli's: Cheap liquor and red sauce nirvana

Morelli's: Cheap liquor and red sauce nirvana

Every liquor store parking lot is busy. Two things human beings will always need and and will always spend money on: dentistry and liquor. You can't go through life with a sore tooth and most of us can't go around without at least the occasional day-ender.   But Morelli's parking lot is busy in a way that others are not. The driving...

A look into Rome’s 1960s Pop culture, a time of magic and dreamers

A look into Rome’s 1960s Pop culture, a time of magic and dreamers

by Lorenzo Zanini Rome in the 1960s was a dynamic, magical city, in the midst of the Italian economic miracle. A city of dreamers, looking into an exciting future full of possibilities. It's a Rome that has long gone. "Roma Pop City 60-70", a new exhibit located at the Macro — Rome's only museum of contemporary art — will allow you to...

Fiat Chrysler is Investing $1.05 Billion in Ohio, Illinois Plants to Build More …

Fiat Chrysler is Investing $1.05 Billion in Ohio, Illinois Plants to Build More Jeep

Change is on the horizon for Fiat Chrysler and it couldn't come soon enough. It's no secret that the Italian-American carmaker has decided to focus on bolstering its Jeep lineup. This plan means there will be a lot of changes for the brand's assembly plants in North America—and these changes are starting with a $1.05 billion investment in the brand's...

Festival Napa Valley brings a taste of Italy to V. Sattui

Festival Napa Valley brings a taste of Italy to V. Sattui

A concert of Italian love songs and dinner by an Italian chef were the highlights of Serata d'Amore, a Festival Napa Valley event held Monday at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena. Festival Napa Valley is a 10-day series of more than 60 musical, dance and theatrical events held at wineries and other venues throughout the valley.   Monday night's event, sponsored by...

Eat It and Like It: Frali Gourmet opens doors for dinner to join influx of new r…

Eat It and Like It: Frali Gourmet opens doors for dinner to join influx of new restaurants

By Jesse Blanco I ran into Franco Marra at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. He was buying a Powerball ticket. Or was it Mega Millions? I'm not sure, but that's not the point.   His plan was pretty simple. He was hopefully buying two tickets to paradise. When I suggested to him that he advertise on my television show if...

Lady Gaga engaged no more: reports

Lady Gaga engaged no more: reports

Pop diva Lady Gaga and actor Taylor Kinney have called off their engagement, reports said Tuesday, more than a year after she thought she had found the right match.   The singer has in recent days appeared without her engagement ring in photos she posted on Instagram from the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where she has been volunteering at...

Il saluto in napoletano del console Usa «Ce'ncuntrammo n'ata vota!»

Il saluto in napoletano del console Usa «Ce'ncuntrammo n'ata vota!»

E' un addio alla città un po' speciale, rigorosamente in lingua napoletana, quello di Colombia Barrosse, console generale degli Stati Uniti a Napoli dal 2013 a oggi. Lei, che sta facendo le valigie per assumere il nuovo incarico a Washington Dc, parla di Napoli, e della sua gente, già con nostalgia.   «Ho un mosaico di ricordi che mi legano a questa...

Sons of Italy prepare for Italian Festival

Sons of Italy prepare for Italian Festival

The Bellaire Sons of Italy are celebrating their 100-year anniversary by doing what they do best: making a ton and a half of sausage (that's 3,000 pounds) for the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival set for this weekend.   President Doug Hartlieb says it takes nine days and nearly two dozen volunteers to get this massive operation off the ground. "We get...

There’s a Pokémon in my restaurant, and business is booming

There’s a Pokémon in my restaurant, and business is booming

By Abigail Gepner, Jazmin Rosa and Sophia Rosenbaum   Pokémania is running wild throughout New York, as players of the world's hottest video-game app go on scavenger hunts that include trespassing, office feuds and walking head-on into poles. The Pokémon Go game is even helping some city pizzerias roll in the dough as owners figure out ways to rig the game to draw...

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let-s-go-to-miami-home-of-many-italiansThe South East of the United States is an interesting area, where the state of Florida – the biggest and the most advanced in terms of economy and trade – is surely one of the most representative. Among its cities, Miami is undoubtedly the main one, because of a prosperous rate of tourism, finance, art,...

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