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Chief Joseph Rotonda, who has held the position for the last 16 years, will retire on June 30. He turns 65 the next day, July 1. Rotonda first came to Belleville in 1980 after serving as an officer in Newark for seven years.

 

He was promoted to chief in 2000, succeeding Ray Kimble, ...

Summer, sweet summer is finally upon us. My garden has begun to take its shape as the temperatures soar and nature begins to work her magic. My basil plants have exploded seemingly overnight. If I sit quietly and watch, I can almost see them growing. Basil is one of summer's greatest pleasures – ...

Diners hungry for a taste of Sicily on the West Shore need look no further than Tonino's, which is now serving Italian fare from a new location in Hampden Township.

 

The pizzeria opened on Tuesday, June 14 at the Giant Food Store complex, 4540 Marketplace Way. Manager Andrew Illiano said ...

Lamborghini has just inaugurated the complete renovation of the company's museum at its headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese (Bologna), a restructuring of both the space and the general design that it's had since 2001.

 

The inauguration was timed to coincide with the first leg of the Miura ...

Espresso has always been identified as one of the symbols of the Italian tradition. Usually, it is attributed to Italy in a generic manner, but as the company's motto affirms "it's not just from Italy, it's from Naples where espresso is a passion". It is right in Naples where Kimbo has been ...

A few years ago, I decided that the best time to go to Europe was June. It was mostly because everywhere we might visit, the local population was still at work, at school, at home, and it would be easier to sneak around, pretending not to be a tourist. When we decided to go to Bergamo, we intended ...

Taralli are like the potato chips of southern Italy, according to the chef Rocky Maselli, who runs the A16 restaurants in the Bay Area. "You get them at gas stations but also at fancy hotels," Mr. Maselli said. "They're just the ultimate bar snack."

 

They are crisp, melting rounds of dough ...

Chelsea Market may seem like a strange place to hold a fashion exhibition. But to Stefano Dominella—co-curator of L'Eleganza del Cibo, an exhibition exploring the relationship between fashion and food—it is the strangeness that makes it the perfect place. "It's transgressive, it's cutting-edge," he ...

The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation, Inc., (the "Foundation") of Washington, D.C., dedicated to the education of the children of Calabria, Italy, has awarded 106 academic scholarships to deserving students from all over the Region of Calabria.

 

Beginning in 2001, the Foundation has ...

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For me, summer means pesto. It's usually our go-to, last-minute dish. It's the "There's-Nothing-In-the-Fridge-But-People-Are-Coming-Over-In-Ten-Minutes" dinner that is thrown together in a flurry of crushed garlic, clanging pots, and the hiss of boiling water. Now ...

Italian and French archaeologists have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii, officials said Friday.

 

The skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop near the ancient ...

Monday was a perfect night at Mon County Ballpark for WDTV Italian Night at the Black Bears.

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Con oltre 500 aziende del settore, anche quest'anno l'Italia si conferma grande protagonista del "Summer Fancy Food Show" di New York, una delle manifestazioni fieristiche internazionali più prestigiose del settore Food and Drink.


 

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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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WHEN it comes to Italian food, the first few dishes that come to mind are pepperoni pizzas, garlic bread, chicken Parmesan, and the like. But what most people don't know is that these dishes are actually American-Italian hybrid dishes, created by Italian immigrants who used ingredients available in the United States to do their cooking. In Cebu, with the sheer number...

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La Farnesina per la promozione dell’Italia nel Mondo

Il Direttore Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese della Farnesina Enzo De Luca è stato ricevuto al Comitato per gli Italiani nel Mondo e la Promozione del Sistema Paese della Commissione Esteri della Camera dei Deputati. L'audizione ha consentito al Direttore Generale di illustrare le strategia del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale per consolidare la propria...

Porto Pino and its surprising white dunes

Porto Pino and its surprising white dunes

The dunes of Porto Pino – in southwest Sardinia – catch you by surprise as you are driving along a canal that connects some ponds with the sea, and through a small pine forest.   Eyes are happy to be distracted by pink flamingos and cormorants moving in the swamps, slightly oscillating boats moored in the river; and the nose is intent...

14th Century Painting Depicts Limb Transplant That Occurred 1,500 Years Ago

14th Century Painting Depicts Limb Transplant That Occurred 1,500 Years Ago

Researchers say they have found the earliest representation of transplant surgery in a painting that depicts a scene from somewhere around the 5 th century AD, at least 1,400 years before modern medical practitioners first theorized transplantation. The 14 th century painting, which is in the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, shows the story of a...

Spasso brings Italian-style brunch to Coconut Grove

Spasso brings Italian-style brunch to Coconut Grove

Just in time to make summer weekend plans, Chef Gaetano Ascione of Spasso Miami is introducing a new à la carte brunch menu, served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the new Coconut Grove eaterie (www.spassomiami.com).   Guests can start off brunch with a traditional Italian appetizer, such as the Burrata with tomatoes "Assaggi" and the Baked...

What's in a name when it's misspelled?

What's in a name when it's misspelled?

By Silvio Laccetti In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazzano became the first European to enter New York Harbor. Today across The Narrows entrance to this harbor, stands a monumental bridge named in honor of the Italian explorer.   It is the longest suspension bridge in all of the Americas, longer than the Golden Gate Bridge While this bridge should be a source of pride...

Why the ‘Wine of the Pope’ Is Worth Rediscovering

Why the ‘Wine of the Pope’ Is Worth Rediscovering

THE SO-CALLED "WINE of the popes," Frascati is said to have once flowed from the fountains of Rome to celebrate the inaugurations of two particular pontiffs, Clement X and Innocent X, in the 17th century. The Italian white wine, no longer in favor, could perhaps use a papal endorsement today.   Frascati's popularity with Americans peaked almost 30 years ago with Fontana...

Italian-American Club Crowns Miss Columbus

Italian-American Club Crowns Miss Columbus

The Italian-American Club of Mahopac held its annual competition for Miss Columbus and Little Miss Columbus titles on June 3 and an array of lovely young ladies came out to show off their talents. The compeititon was open to girls throughout Putnam County and the surrounding communities.   Little Miss Columbus was for girls ages 5-9; Miss Columbus was for girls ages...

New Italian restaurant coming to RiNo

New Italian restaurant coming to RiNo

A new Italian-themed restaurant is coming to Denver's hot and fast-developing River North neighborhood. Dio Mio, which will serve experimental, handmade pasta dishes, is set to open in a 1,500-square-foot space at 3264 Larimer St. this fall.   It's the brainchild of chef Alex Figura, who also owned the now-shuttered Lower48 Kitchen, and Spencer White, sous chef at Black Eye Coffee. "I think people...

USMNT regret? No, says Giuseppe Rossi: “It Was Always Italy”

USMNT regret? No, says Giuseppe Rossi: “It Was Always Italy”

If Giuseppe Rossi had to make the decision between playing for the United States and Italy all over again, he wouldn't change a thing.   Last month, the New Jersey native and Levante UD striker was in the news after an interview his agent did on Italian Radio. Rossi's agent Andrea Pastorello told Radio Bruno that, "In hindsight, going back to when...

19th Annual Celebration of Queens - A changing society

19th Annual Celebration of Queens - A changing society

Decades ago, Italian flags, delis and restaurants along Cross Bay Boulevard and 101st Avenue were an inescapable sight. "Italians were instrumental in building this area brick by brick," said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who is of Italian descent. And although the Italian businesses on those corridors still display their colors proudly, their numbers have dwindled. "There's nowhere near as many as there...

An Italian Journey: A Lecture by Robert Mealy

An Italian Journey: A Lecture by Robert Mealy

Data: Ven 29 Lug 2016 - Orario: Dalle 18:30 alle 20:30 Organizzato da : American Bach Soloist - In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Luogo: Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Avenue S, SAN FRANCISCO Ingresso: Libero - To register please click here. For more information about the Festival (August 5 -14, 2016): American Bach Soloist Festival. American Bach Soloist, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano...

Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Italian Restaurants – St. Louis is known for their authentic Italian restaurants. There are several online rating services, but one of the oldest and most popular that covers the entire nation is TripAdvisor.   The Hill is the most popular place for consumers to visit for authentic Italian cuisines and a great atmosphere.   Read more   Source: http://stlrestaurant.news/    

The Palace with a Thousand and One Coats of Arms: Exploring the Archiginnasio of…

The Palace with a Thousand and One Coats of Arms: Exploring the Archiginnasio of Bologna

Let's say you are a curious traveler who finds him or herself dawdling under the ever-present portici of Bologna on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Let's also say that you are passionate about Italian art and culture and that you want to know more about this beautiful city's past and present lifestyle.   If so, there is a place you should absolutely not...

Try some delicious Italian food at New York's Best Italian Bistro for a fantasti…

Try some delicious Italian food at New York's Best Italian Bistro for a fantastic price

Looking for a yummy, filling meal for an awesome price? You have to check out New York's Best Italian Bistro . I tried their food and it was amazing! They have everything from Calamari Parmigiana to Risotto Con Gamberi and of course your classic lasagnas, pizza and pastas.   The portions are large and customers we spoke with raved about the family environment. For...

LAMBORGHINI NEW HURACAN LP 610-4 della Polizia di Stato arriva a New York per il…

LAMBORGHINI NEW HURACAN LP 610-4 della Polizia di Stato arriva a New York per il Columbus Day 2016

A.N.P.S. sezione New York - New Jersey e' l'associazione nazionale della Polizia di Stato negli Stati Uniti d'America ed ha la missione di mantenere un'importante collaborazione tra Italia e Stati Uniti sotto molti aspetti. In particolare organizza e partecipa ad eventi che onorano questa importante collaborazione e mantiene e sviluppa uno stretto legame tra italiani e italo-americani che vivono negli...

Michael Schwartz on Fi'lia, His New Italian Concept at the SLS Brickell

Michael Schwartz on Fi'lia, His New Italian Concept at the SLS Brickell

The SLS Brickell has just announced its opening date and two signature restaurants. The hotel, located at 1300 S. Miami Ave., is slated to open in early October and will be the home to José Andrés' Bazaar Mar, a seafood-centric version of the chef's popular the Bazaar by José Andrés in Miami Beach.   The property will also house Fi'lia, an Italian...

Tacopina mediatore tra Zamparini e cordata italo-Usa

Tacopina mediatore tra Zamparini e cordata italo-Usa

Zamparini chiama. Tacopina risponde. La richiesta «d'aiuto» formulata tre mesi fa dal presidente del Palermo al collega del Venezia, sembra aver prodotto qualche risultato. L'uomo d'affari americano, infatti, pare abbia individuato un gruppo italo-americano seriamente disposto a trattare l'acquisto del Palermo.   Il condizionale è d'obbligo, considerate le implicazioni legate alla cessione di un club e le molteplici trattative (o presunte tali)...

Dior Is Expected to Name Maria Grazia Chiuri as Artistic Director

Dior Is Expected to Name Maria Grazia Chiuri as Artistic Director

Christian Dior has finally found its designer. In a move that will break up one of the most feted design teams in fashion, Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino is expected to be named artistic director of Dior, becoming the first woman to lead the brand in its 70-year history.   The move, which is expected to be announced next month, has the potential...

Apple, arredi e pareti made in Italy per il nuovo Campus2 di Cupertino

Apple, arredi e pareti made in Italy per il nuovo Campus2 di Cupertino

Il team di aziende italiane costituito dal Gruppo Profilati (da oltre 35 anni leader europeo per l'estrusione e la lavorazione dell'alluminio) e da Estel (produttrice di soluzioni di arredamento e complementi d'arredo per casa e ufficio) è stato selezionato da Apple per una fornitura di pareti divisorie da installare nel nuovissimo Campus2 di Cupertino, in California (Usa). In particolare, il Gruppo Profilati spa sta ultimando in queste...

POMI', premium Italian tomato brand, presents its organic line in United States …

POMI', premium Italian tomato brand, presents its organic line in United States at this Summer Fancy Food, New York June 26-28

Pomì, the premium Italian tomato brand owned by the Consorzio Casalasco del Pomodoro well known for being a leader in sustainability and transparency, presents its new organic product line to the American market in occasion of this Summer's Fancy Food Show, June 26 to June 28. Pomì Organic will be on the shelves starting September.   In recent years, Pomì has been...

Joseph R. Polito Jr., 77, lawyer

Joseph R. Polito Jr., 77, lawyer

by Bonnie L. Cook Joseph R. Polito Jr., 77, of West Chester, a lawyer and civic volunteer so devoted to his home turf that friends called him "Mr. Chester County," died Sunday, June 19, of cancer at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. He had been diagnosed in 2011, his family said.   Born on Valentine's Day, Mr. Polito was the first son of Giuseppe Rosario...

Tony wins an Emmy

Tony wins an Emmy

by Tony Lo Bianco   On June 25th, I won an Emmy for my work on the Just A Common Soldier video. And my producing team also won an Emmy. In my hundred plus film career, I'm extremely proud of the message that honors America's military veterans who we owe our freedom to.   As of now, this beautiful video has received over 19,200,000 views....

Some of my fondest Sunday dinner memories are from the kids’ table

Some of my fondest Sunday dinner memories are from the kids’ table

by Anthony Fasano Sunday dinner was an important part of my upbringing, which I'm sure is true for most Italian Americans. I wrote an entire post on Sunday dinners here. Of all of the great Sunday dinner memories, many of my fondest memories revolve around the kids' table. The kids' table was obviously the table (sometimes at the end of the larger...

Spaghetti western star Bud Spencer dies

Spaghetti western star Bud Spencer dies

Italian actor and filmmaker Bud Spencer, who starred in a number of Spaghetti Westerns, has died aged 86. He passed away peacefully on Monday in Rome "and did not suffer from pain", his son said. Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, was known among his fans as the "big friendly giant" of the screen because of his height and...

L'on. Nissoli alla Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut, USA

L'on. Nissoli alla Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut, USA

Grande Festa, sabato scorso in Connecticut, USA, a Stamford, per brindare alla Repubblica italiana e dare il benvenuto al nuovo Console Generale nella Tri-State Area, Ministro plenipotenziario, Francesco Genuardi.A promuovere ed organizzare l'evento è stata l'on. Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald, deputata eletta nella Circoscrizione estera - Ripartizione Nord e Centro America, in collaborazione con la Signora Barbara Zichichi. La Festa è stata...

Italy 2 – 0 Spain: Dominant Azzurri Eliminate Blunt La Roja

Italy 2 – 0 Spain: Dominant Azzurri Eliminate Blunt La Roja

By Conor Clancy   Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle's goals proved enough for Italy as they saw off their old foes Spain by 2-0 at the Stade de France in the last 16 of Euro 2016. Antonio Conte's side completely dominated the first half, and could have been out of sight at the break were it not for the heroics of David De...

Theatre Raleigh to Present THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

Theatre Raleigh to Present THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

Come see Theatre Raleigh's production of The Light in the Piazza on July 6-10 (all performances sold out) and July 11-14 (the 14th is sold out). Be transported to the streets of Florence and Rome with this musical love story staged amid the beautiful Italian and ancient Roman sculpture in the Museum's Classical Court.   Based on Chapel Hill resident ElizaBeth Spencer's...

Green group says 3 mln Italians good at recycling

Green group says 3 mln Italians good at recycling

About 525 municipalities in Italy, and three million Italians, have been classed as "garbage-free" in a recent report by green group Legambiente which praises those parts of the country that are managing to reduce non-recyclable waste to a minimum. The north of the country is leading the way, with 413 municipalities, or 79% of the total. The south follows with 87...

Daniela Pasta & Pastries serves Italian with a Sardinian twist

Daniela Pasta & Pastries serves Italian with a Sardinian twist

Daniela Useli joined the ranks of Baltimore's family-owned Italian restaurants in 2011 when she opened tiny Daniela Pasta & Pastries in the heart of Hampden. She brought a Sardinian twist to town, adding her own touches to pasta dishes such as ravioli and lasagna, and to sweet treats like tiramisu and sugar-sprinkled palmier cookies — recipes she learned from her grandmother...

US ambassadors to expand Vinitaly International Academy community

US ambassadors to expand Vinitaly International Academy community

As Vinitaly USA, Chicago comes to a close today, Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) is getting ready to move ahead in its mission to strengthen Italian wine's presence in it's number one market, the US.   The plan is to leverage education through the creation of new VIA Italian Wine Ambassadors and Experts: from the 26th to the 28th of June the Academy...

Albert B. Southwick: An Italian Worcester County saga

Albert B. Southwick: An Italian Worcester County saga

The Mount Carmel Church situation is another familiar chapter in the Worcester story – an ethnic group outgrowing its immigrant status and moving on to new outlooks, new horizons and new ways of life. It is doubtful that the aging parishioners of the church can reverse the trend. But they can reflect on the inspiring story of the Italians in...

2019 Dodge Journey Goes From Being American To Italian

2019 Dodge Journey Goes From Being American To Italian

It looks like the 2019 Dodge Journey could be more Italian than American as it was been reported that the upcoming model might be produced in Italy. According to AutoNews, FCA will be moving the production of the Dodge Journey from Mexico to Italy. The vehicle has been in Mexico since 2011 but it looks like it will be making its...

Italian cuisine served with family pride at Portofino’s

Italian cuisine served with family pride at Portofino’s

By Lesly Rascoe Portofino Italian Restaurant is the kind of place where everybody knows your name. Old World class, made-to-order cuisine and service that makes customers feel like family have earned the restaurant a loyal following. With dishes on the menu like Chicken Albanese and Joe's Garden Special, New York Style Pizza and lunch specials that include hot and cold sandwiches, pastas...

A Passion for the Old and the New: the New Italian Ambassador

A Passion for the Old and the New: the New Italian Ambassador

Taking on a new job can be an overwhelming feet for anyone, but perhaps a bit more when you are the new Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varrichio recently took on this position and moved to the U.S. only two months ago with his passion for expanding Italian culture leading the way.   The Veneto born diplomat began his career with...

Lots to love about Amore on Spring Street

Lots to love about Amore on Spring Street

Amore means "love" in Italian and that's the name and the goal of Spring Street's newest bakery and cafe. Owned by Sal and Joanne Martino, the couple is bringing Sussex County a taste of the homeland with fresh, homemade baked goods and light cuisine.   Sal Martino's parents own Vincenzo Martino's Market and Restaurant in Hackensack, a Bergen County landmark known for Italian...

“Io, guida turistica genealogica degli italiani emigrati in America”

“Io, guida turistica genealogica degli italiani emigrati in America”

«Chi siamo? Da dove veniamo?»: uno dei popoli più giovani del mondo prova a risolvere i dubbi esistenziali andando indietro nel tempo. Tra gli americani è boom di "viaggi genealogici": assetati di storia, vengono a tuffarsi nel passato dei borghi piemontesi, liguri e lombardi. Sonia Speroni, 42 anni, imprenditrice turistica genovese (trapiantata a Ovada e con parenti a Long Island),...

Cooking The Italian Provinces – Belluno

 Cooking The Italian Provinces – Belluno

Belluno is a province in the Veneto region of Italy and is almost entirely occupied by mountain areas. The climate is among the most severe in the Alps. The Belluno area is representative of a typical alpine environment and a people who are proud of their traditions passed down from generation to generation through experience and oral narrative.   Belluno is one...

Lamborghini Celebrates Opening Of Carbon Fiber Research Center In Seattle

Lamborghini Celebrates Opening Of Carbon Fiber Research Center In Seattle

Lamborghini has officially cut the ribbon on its new Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, paving the way for the Italian automaker to continue its relentless pursuit in further developing carbon fiber technology.   The research center is going to operate as an outside entity from Lambo's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese and will have one core mission: unlock and maximize the...

10 New Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Boston

10 New Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Boston

Please place your carb-free diets on hold. Boston has seen a bevy of Italian restaurant openings over the last several months, and these plates full of pasta (and seafood, and sfizi, and...) definitely demand your attention. Here are some of the genre's hottest new openings, from the North End (naturally) to South Boston.   Antonio's Bacaro. The team behind Sophia's Grotto —...

Mount Carmel Feast draws crowds to Watertown in its 100th year

Mount Carmel Feast draws crowds to Watertown in its 100th year

In its 100th year, the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has found ways to keep people coming back year after year. Even those who haven't lived in the city for decades, like Kelly L. Parody, said the Italian festival was a required stop. On Friday, the Florida resident lined up to buy a bag of sweetened fried dough,...

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We the Italians Magazine # 80

WTI 80

Umberto Mucci's Interviews

montessori-an-italian-method-to-teach-in-the-us-and-all-over-the-worldWe will never state that Italy has to teach something to the United States, or vice versa: on the contrary, we think that, by combining their cultures, societies, and economic inheritances, the two can achieve winning goals, together. Nevertheless, this interview shows how an Italian woman has taught...

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