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Ellis Island è una delle tappe che le 15 Suore Missionarie Scalabriniane stanno visitando durante il corso congregazionale di formazione permanente, che si sta svolgendo a Melrose Park e si concluderà il prossimo 24 maggio 2016. L'obiettivo del corso, che sta coinvolgendo le religiose ...

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The man suspected of killing a Massachusetts police officer has been shot and killed by law enforcement. Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street in Auburn when an occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him as he approached the car ...

La messa annuale in commemorazione del giudice Giovanni Falcone è stata celebrata nella Holy Rosary Church, parrocchia italiana di Washington, ieri, domenica 22, alla vigilia dell'anniversario dell'attentato in cui è stato assassinato assieme alla moglie ed i membri della scorta.


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Toronto FC star forward Sebastian Giovinco has been left off Italy coach Antonio Conte's preliminary 30-man squad for Euro 2016. There is also no place for 37-year-old midfielder Andrea Pirlo, another Major League Soccer star. Conte chose forwards Eder Citadin Martins and Graziano Pelle, ...

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Recentemente ho chiesto al presidente dell'Inps, Tito Boeri, se fosse sua intenzione inviare la "famosa busta arancione" anche agli iscritti Aire. Il presidente Boeri, nella sua gentile risposta, ha precisato che "non pensano di inviare all'estero la busta ...

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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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Comella's Has Opened a New Location in Hingham

Comella's Has Opened a New Location in Hingham

A staple of Italian food across Massachusetts has debuted its latest expansion in Hingham. Comella's is now open at 221 Lincoln St., bringing affordable cuisine to the area, along with retail and catering. It announced the opening on its Facebook page.   Comella's first opened in Wellesley in the late 1980s and has since expanded to Arlington, Belmont, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Marblehead,...

My evening with the Queen of Italian cinema

My evening with the Queen of Italian cinema

Even though I was born in the early '60s, I was brought up in a World War II household. My dad was an 18-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army fighting Hitler's brigade in Anzio, Rome and Southern France. My mom was born in Florence, Italy, and watched American tanks roll by her house on a daily basis.   By the time I...

Direct from Italy! Lettera D'Amore... by Tenor, Luca Canonici

Direct from Italy! Lettera D'Amore... by Tenor, Luca Canonici

An Engagement Not To Be Missed! Join Us on Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:00 PM for Luca's First Staten Island Appearance. Live Performance & Presentation of his music and photography works!DONATION: $30 per person - MEMBERS: $25 per person (Includes event and reception)   Copies of Luca's Books & CD's will be available for sale and signing. RSVP's in advance strongly recommended and appreciated so that we can plan...

Record-breaking, mile-long pizza baked on the seafront of Naples

Record-breaking, mile-long pizza baked on the seafront of Naples

That's some serious dough! More than 100 chefs came together this week along the seafront of Naples, Italy to create the world's longest pizza, according to Guinness World Records.   The record-breaking pie boldly went where no pizza has ever gone before — an entire mile down the street. And no matter how you slice it, the mouth-watering Neapolitan, which was exactly 1.15 miles...

Former Mario Batali restaurant sous chef to open Italian restaurant in Wayne

Former Mario Batali restaurant sous chef to open Italian restaurant in Wayne

Robbie Felice, who held the position at B&B Ristorante in Las Vegas, is planning an August opening for Viaggio at 1055 Hamburg Turnpike, in the former site of Novu. Felice will be partners in Viaggio with his father, Joe Felice, who has owned restaurants such as Gourmet Cafe in Parsippany and Casa de Amici in Denville.   Robbie Felice said the menu...

Alitalia Launches New Global Brand Campaign

Alitalia Launches New Global Brand Campaign

Alitalia has launched a new global marketing brand, which encompasses a TV commercial, designer staff and alliances with top Italian brands.   The event that took place at the Nazionale Spazio Eventi in Rome, was attended by hundreds of global media representatives and invited guests. The television commerciai celebrates the Italian airline as it faces the future with renewed vigor and vitality,...

Piazza d'Amore Coming to a Theatre Near You!

Piazza d'Amore Coming to a Theatre Near You!

Artists, wine tastings, live performances oh my! All this and more will set the scene in the lobby and streets of The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall as it's transformed into an Italian Piazza before each performance of The Taming of the Shrew May 17-June 26.   FREE and open the public, Piazza d'Amore will be a fully-operational Italian open-air style...

Gemellaggio Caltanissetta-Rochester: scambio studenti, la storia di Francesco Pe…

Gemellaggio Caltanissetta-Rochester: scambio studenti, la storia di Francesco Peri e Ken Farnham

Il gemellaggio tra Caltanissetta e Rochester, firmato nel 1965 dagli allora sindaci Calogero Traina e Frank Lamb, ha festeggiato lo scorso anno il 50° anniversario.   I legami tra le due città sono stati rafforzati negli anni soprattutto dallo scambio accademico annuale di studenti. Sin dal 1967, infatti, più di 100 studenti hanno avuto l'opportunità di studiare per un anno in entrambe...

The Beloved Characters in A Tuscan Series Enter the 1990s

The Beloved Characters in A Tuscan Series Enter the 1990s

Father Lorenzo, Ezio and Donna, Dino and Sofia, Lucia and Paolo—all the beloved characters are back with new challenges and adventures in the sixth, and last, of Paul Salsini's sweeping "A Tuscan Series."The new book is "The Fearless Flag Thrower of Lucca: Nine Stories of 1990s Tuscany," and it brings the people of the fictional village of Sant'Antonio, and their...

Open Roads New Italian Cinema 2016

Open Roads New Italian Cinema 2016

From Thursday, June 02, 2016 to Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Organized by : www.filmlinc.org Entrance : With fee Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center   For 16 years, Open Roads has proudly offered North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available. The 2016 edition strikes a satisfying balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, including feature debuts by Carlo...

Scholarships in memory of Italian American Police Officers that are deceased

Scholarships in memory of Italian American Police Officers that are deceased

This morning the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey presented Ten college bound students with $1,000 scholarships in memory of Italian American Police Officers that are deceased.   We would like to congratulate the scholarship recipients and thank Scholarship Chairman Jerry Onnembo of the Wood Ridge Police Department for his committee's important work. To date the Italian American Police Society of...

Festa Italiana serves up homemade flavor

Festa Italiana serves up homemade flavor

by Geoffrey Wilson   For attendees grabbing a bite at Festa Italiana, everything from the pizza to the cannolis should feel welcoming. "It's like eating at your grandma's house," said Ernie Bruno, Italian Center president. Italian foods from pasta to zeppole were the highlight at Festa Italiana in the City of Poughkeepsie Saturday.   About 2,500 people attended the first three days of the four-day festival,...

Joe Mantegna: Italian of the Week

Joe Mantegna: Italian of the Week

Award-winning actor, director, producer and writer Joe Mantegna was born on November 13, 1947, in Illinois. His parents – Mary Anne (née Novelli) and Joseph Anthony, Sr. – had family from Italy and Calascibetta, Sicily. Joe's performance career began over forty years ago when he was cast in the stage production of Hair in 1969. In 1978, he made his...

Italy opens up 250 historic homes and gardens

Italy opens up 250 historic homes and gardens

Palazzo Cellamare in Naples, Caravaggio's last home prior to leaving for Tuscany as well as being at different points home to both Casanova and Goethe, will be open to the public as part of the Association of Italian Historic Houses (ADSI) Days on Saturday and Sunday. The non-museum areas of Rome's Palazzo Ruspoli will also be open, as will Villa...

After nearly 20 years, the grease pole is back

After nearly 20 years, the grease pole is back

by Samantha Melamed About 70 slippery pounds of lard are secured in five-gallon buckets in an undisclosed South Philadelphia location. It's physical proof that, after nearly two decades lost to history, the grease pole - Albero della Cuccagna to Italian speakers - is finally back.   The spectacle once was the centerpiece of the South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival: a 30-foot-tall beacon...

Program to help companies investing in Italy have visibility on tax treatment no…

Program to help companies investing in Italy have visibility on tax treatment now up and running

by Antonio Tomassini   The new program that will allow Italian and foreign companies looking to invest in Italy at least €30 million to seek a preliminary opinion from the Italian Revenue Agency regarding the taxation profile of their investment plans is now up and running. The Italian Revenue Agency director has picked the offices within his agency best placed to process...

Illinois Order Sons of Italy Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Illinois Order Sons of Italy Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Illinois Order Sons of Italy Foundation is accepting applications for $1,000 college scholarships. Graduating high school seniors who are fully or partially of Italian ancestry can apply. Applicants will be selected based on financial need, scholastic achievements, high school activities showing character and leadership, a personal essay and faculty recommendations. Applications can be obtained by writing the Illinois Sons of Italy...

Hidden Venice

Hidden Venice

For a city that's roughly twice the size of NYC's Central Park – bella Venezia has no problem attracting more than 27 million (yes, million) visitors per year. But truth be told, the majority of those travelers tick only St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge off their lists, before leaving for the next Italian city on their...

Giordano's opening Downtown, South of Chicago hits Greenwood

Giordano's opening Downtown, South of Chicago hits Greenwood

by Liz Biro   Ask Chicago-style pizza lovers who makes Indy's best deep-dish pie and you'll get a ton of votes for Chi-Town native Giordano's and another ton for Indy's own South of Chicago.   When Giordano's made its Indy debut in January 2015 on the north side, fans crushed the restaurant. Three-hour wait times ensued. The pizzeria expects equal excitement when Giordano's Downtown...

Dante in the USA: an interview with the Dante Society of America’s President Alb…

Dante in the USA: an interview with the Dante Society of America’s President Albert Russell Ascoli

by Francesca Bezzone   To an Italian, Dante is croce e delizia, pleasure and pain: forcefully immersed in the study of his heavenly works during the rebellious years of adolescence, we usually begin our relationship with the Dantean world with the wrong foot. But then comes adulthood and, with it, this strange necessity to pick those old high school volumes and read, to...

New Jersey Wine School Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification…

New Jersey Wine School Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program to Jersey City, NJ, USA

New Jersey Wine School is thrilled to announce the launch of this new wine course and offer you the opportunity to master Italian wines while obtaining a specialized wine certification.   The Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides up-to-date, extensive and precise information on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. Created by native Italian, Maurizio Brioggi, (Wine Scholar...

US Premiere: Pompeii, Eternal Emotion at New Media Film Festival

US Premiere: Pompeii, Eternal Emotion at New Media Film Festival

Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Organized by : New Media Film Festival In collaboration with : IIC Entrance : With fee Location:The Landmark Theater, 10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles   This stunning documentary short Pompeii, eternal emotion (2015, 10 min.) by Pappi Corsicato produced by the Campana Region and the Campana Society of Cultural Heritage has shown itself to be a true gem. Its poetic and...

La retina hi-tech (italiana) che restituirà la vista a chi l’ha persa

La retina hi-tech (italiana) che restituirà la vista a chi l’ha persa

di Antonio Carnevale   Un minuscolo pannello fotovoltaico in grado di catturare la luce per stimolare i neuroni e restituire la vista alle persone. È su questo che da qualche anno sta lavorando un team – composto da fisici, neurobiologi, ingegneri biomedici e chirurghi oftalmologi – nei laboratori del dipartimento Neurosciences and Brain Technologies dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova. Guidati da...

Look: Historic Ballard Houses Become Beautiful Italian Restaurant Today

Look: Historic Ballard Houses Become Beautiful Italian Restaurant Today

by Adam H. Callaghan   Named for a monastery near Venice, Italian restaurant San Fermo opens its doors today, about half a year later than expected. The wait has produced a gorgeous blend of rusticity and modernity inside and out of the historic Pioneer Houses, which were moved to Ballard years ago from the International District.   Above, you can see what co-owners Tim...

Italian Films Screened Outdoors in San Diego

Italian Films Screened Outdoors in San Diego

by Giuseppe Annino   Every Saturday night, all summer, Italian Films with English subtitles will be screened outdoors in San Diego Little Italy's Amici Park amphitheater ( Date and State streets).   The first film, on June 18th , is the award winning film "Madre Mia" directed by Nanni Moretti. Two of the remaining films are dedicated to Ettore Scola, the great Italian director...

Enel commences construction of 150-MW wind park in N Dakota

Enel commences construction of 150-MW wind park in N Dakota

by Ivan Shumkov   The North American renewables arm of Italian energy group Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has begun construction work on the 150-MW Lindahl wind project in the US state of North Dakota, its first one there.   Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) expects to complete the USD-220-million (EUR 194m) project by 2017, according to a news release on Monday. Upon completion,...

Noiaw. Donna vuol dire successo

Noiaw. Donna vuol dire successo

di Paolo Tartamella   Quattro giovani donne, quattro italoamericane, piccole imprenditrici alle prese con la quotidianeità del loro business. Quattro persone innamorate del loro lavoro. Martedì scorso la National Organization of Italian American Women (Noiaw) ha radunato attorno ad un tavolo Mickela Mallozzi, Joan Pelzer, Nikki Padilla e Cassandra Santoro, businesswomen chiamate a condividere la loro esperienza, professionale ed umana, nelle tante sfaccettature...

Huge Roman villa found under Amalfi church set to open

Huge Roman villa found under Amalfi church set to open

A fresco-covered Roman villa, found underneath a church on Italy's sun-kissed Amalfi coast, is set to open to the public for the first time in July. The opening of the villa was announced by Italy's Culture Undersecretary, Antimo Cesaro, on Saturday. Cesaro told Ansa the ruin was "a perfectly preserved archaeological treasure of enormous artistic value".   The enormous villa dates back to the...

Crooning state trooper Jonn-Paul Oliveto

Crooning state trooper Jonn-Paul Oliveto

As he completed his studies to become an Illinois state trooper in 2010, Jonn-Paul Oliveto was pulled out of class and into a room where he stood opposite a captain, sergeant and master sergeant. To earn a passing mark, he had to sing the National Anthem. "I had an appointment to perform in front of them, without any rehearsal, so you...

A New Italian Cocktail Bar Opens in Brooklyn With Amaretto Sours and Lambrusco S…

A New Italian Cocktail Bar Opens in Brooklyn With Amaretto Sours and Lambrusco Spritzes

by Chris Crowley   Carroll Gardens has long been one of New York's Italian-American strongholds, a heritage that's maintained by enduring establishments like Caputo's Fine Foods and referenced by newer, homage-paying restaurants like Frankie's 457 and Lucali, two of the neighborhood's best restaurants. And hospitality-industry vets Frankie Rodriguez (a former Death & Co. general manager) and Alyssa Sartor (recently the head bartender...

2 Giugno. A Los Angeles la Festa Nazionale si fa Social!

2 Giugno. A Los Angeles la Festa Nazionale si fa Social!

by Barbara Minafra   La Festa Nazionale del 2 Giugno celebra la Repubblica Italiana, nata 70 anni fa dal Referendum istituzionale del 1946, e rappresenta un'importante ricorrenza anche per rafforzare il nostro senso di Unità nazionale. Festeggiarla in America non rende meno intensa, al contrario, l'emozione di riascoltare insieme, lontani da casa ma vicini nel cuore, l'Inno di Mameli che ogni volta...

EU Month of Culture Spotlight: Italy

EU Month of Culture Spotlight: Italy

Elia Andrea Corazza, Kluge Fellow. Scholar Elia Andrea Corazza arrived at the Library of Congress in fall 2014 to conduct research on legendary Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. In particular, Corazza wished to know more about Respighi's collaboration with Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, after World War I, in order to shed light on this period of music...

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

by Lisa Grove   Gioia Timpanelli is one of the world's foremost storytellers. Timpanelli doesn't give readings; rather, she performs her work, quickly and deftly weaving between personal anecdotes and folktales from a variety of cultures and traditions, including her family's own Sicilian tradition. Timpanelli moves about a room as she performs, not only commanding the audience's attention, but also encouraging their...

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata opens at Rome opera house

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata opens at Rome opera house

by Ruth McKee An operatic collaboration between an American film-maker, an Italian haute couture king, and a British set designer will make its debut this weekend. Sofia Coppola's La Traviata will open at the Opera of Rome on Sunday in a production featuring costumes made and designed by Valentino with backdrops created by Nathan Crowley, the set designer for the Batman films.   Valentino,...

Boston’s North End – An Italian American Story, previewed by Friends of the Nort…

Boston’s North End – An Italian American Story, previewed by Friends of the North End

by Arthur A. Lauretano   The Friends Of The North End sponsored a viewing this week of the new movie "Boston's North End – An Italian American Story", at the Sons Of Italy hall in Winchester, MA.    The film tells the story of the Italian immigrant migration to Boston's North End from the late 1800's to the current time. Featured in the film...

Oscar Farinetti, creator and founder of Eataly, receives Honorary Degree at AUR …

Oscar Farinetti, creator and founder of Eataly, receives Honorary Degree at AUR graduation ceremony

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy's most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. He has founded a business that celebrates and fosters Italian culinary excellence around the entire world, exalting quality, diversity and traditions in a way that no one ever accomplished before. "Today, we are honored" stated Richard Hodges, President of The American University of Rome, at this afternoon's ceremony "to offer...

After Centuries, Lost Venetian Tragicomedy Opera Will Debut in San Francisco

After Centuries, Lost Venetian Tragicomedy Opera Will Debut in San Francisco

by Mauro Battocchi   There is a special treat for lovers of opera coming exclusively to San Francisco this month. With a limited showing on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 PM and Sunday May 22 at 2:00 PM, the Marines' Memorial Theatre of San Francisco (609 Sutter St) will bringing to life Carlo Pallavicino's The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, a lost...

Genoa maritime museum seeks possession of Columbus letter

Genoa maritime museum seeks possession of Columbus letter

A state maritime museum in Christopher Columbus' birthplace of Genoa is challenging a Florence library to be the custodian of the recently returned 1493 letter in which the explorer described his voyages to Spanish royals. Maria Paola Profumo, the director of the Galata Sea Museum, told The Associated Press on Friday she wants to put the letter on display in a...

Museum of the Rockies only Western museum to host centuries-old Italian artifact…

Museum of the Rockies only Western museum to host centuries-old Italian artifacts

June 18 will be the first day that Museum of the Rockies visitors can take in an exhibit they've never seen before — and probably will never see again.   "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii" will illustrate not only the wealth that people loved to show off during the years before Vesuvius did...

M Italian is a grown-up treat that welcomes kids: Family-friendly restaurant rev…

M Italian is a grown-up treat that welcomes kids: Family-friendly restaurant review

My 5-year-old stuffed spaghetti in his mouth like it was some kind of contest. My 3-year-old happily devoured her pepperoni pizza.   And my husband and I clinked drinks in the sunshine, savoring a moment of leisurely serenity with two normally picky, occasionally whiny eaters. (This was a treat, and not just because we didn't have to get up every 30 seconds to fetch...

Quello che dicono gli oggetti - Cultura materiale alla conferenza annuale del Ca…

Quello che dicono gli oggetti - Cultura materiale alla conferenza annuale del Calandra Italian American Institute

Quante volte la vista di un oggetto ci riporta alla mente luoghi, situazioni, persone. E tante volte assegnamo proprio agli oggetti il valore del legame e del ricordo. Nelle comunità di immigrati questi legami si fanno ancora più significativi e hanno a che fare con la conservazione della cultura, della tradizione e dell'identità stessa.   Per questo il John D. Calandra Italian...

Five ways Italian Americans can learn about their Italian ancestors

Five ways Italian Americans can learn about their Italian ancestors

One of the primary reasons we started The Italian American Podcast was to help fellow Italian Americans learn more about their Italian ancestors.   Our goal is that our podcast interviews will inspire you to want to learn more about your ancestors and where you came from; but once you become inspired, how do you actually do it?   Read more   Source: http://italianamericanpodcast.com/    

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We the Italians Magazine # 79

WTI 79

Umberto Mucci's Interviews

let-s-cook-italian-american-we-the-italians-like-itIn our journey between Italy in the US it's time we address one fundamental topic regarding the relationship that links our two countries: the Italian American cuisine. It is a delicate, important topic, and so we decided to interview somebody who has written a book about it.   Lee Casazza...

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