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A new Italian restaurant, Amici's Italiano Ristorante, will open next week off West New Circle Road at 1479 Boardwalk. The restaurant will be run by Alberto Villasenor and Alex Vega, who are partners in Amici's with their wives, Miranda Villasenor and Amy Vega.

 

The eatery, with ...

Lincoln will join more than a dozen cities across the country to mark Indigenous People's Day on Oct. 12, the day that many people celebrate Columbus Day, following a unanimous vote of the City Council. Though the state has declared the second Monday in October as Columbus Day, the city does ...

When: Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 6:00 pm
Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL


On the Occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World, Editor Marinella Mascia Galateria

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Growing up in Roseland, a South Chicago Italian neighborhood, Tom Gelsosomo enjoyed the meals prepared by his Italian family so much that after spending time working in the food industry he decided to open up his own restaurant serving many of the dishes he remembered so well from his youth.

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The Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) annual conference will be held on October 17-18, 2016 at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. During the event the Italian Scientific Community meets the institutions, the industry, academia to discuss breakthrough ideas, ...

Lou Agnese was just 33 years old when he was inaugurated as president of Incarnate Word College, a small Catholic women's institution that was more than 100 years old but little known outside of San Antonio. Incarnate Word was in trouble. It had been losing enrollment for eight years, and the ...

Arturo Aucaquizphi has spent his last 20 or years as executive chef at Chicago steakhouse stalwart Gene & Georgetti. The Ecuadorian native is now heading out on his own, taking over another Chicago classic, the Mirabell. In about three weeks, he said he's opening Mirabella Italian Cuisine ...

A New York, patto a quattro per ospitare eventi culturali di promozione della penisola sorrentina Il Queens College della Cuny, la City University of New York, Il Calandra Italian American Institute, tra i principali istituti culturali italoamericani negli Usa, l'Ilica, l'Italian Language ...

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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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San Jose’s Little Italy cooking up a street festival

San Jose’s Little Italy cooking up a street festival

San Jose's Little Italy district may seem a little bigger when it holds an inaugural street festival this Sunday. The festival will take place on North Almaden Boulevard, which will be closed between Henry's Hi-Life on St. John Street to Paesano Ristorante on Julian Street for the big party.   Henry's, Paesano and Bel Bacio coffee will have some specials going, and there'll...

'On Being Italian,' latest The Republican Heritage book, to be served up at A Ta…

'On Being Italian,' latest The Republican Heritage book, to be served up at A Taste of Italy on Saturday

"On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family and Faith," the latest offering in The Republican Heritage book series, lives up to its title at a special event on Saturday afternoon. The book will be available for sale at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church's A Taste of Italy on Saturday, 4:30 to 8 p.m., at the school auditorium at 36...

Italian American Club to mark 50 years with new Sister City

Italian American Club to mark 50 years with new Sister City

Ever heard the names Deena Caruso, Joe Albi, Father Joseph Cataldo, Pat Cozza, Victor Felice, Peter Jacoby, Victor Forni and Mike Lamanna? They are among a long list of Italian Americans who have lived in and loved the Spokane area.   The names may ring a bell because they all helped create the city of Spokane we know today. And all were members...

Ariosto after 500 years: A Symposium

Ariosto after 500 years: A Symposium

Date: DA Monday, October 17, 2016 a Friday, October 21, 2016 - Time: At 4:30 pm Entrance : Free - For more information and to view the program click HERE On the occasion of the fifth centenary of the publication of the Orlando Furioso, the City University of New York and New York University in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the...

Albert Bellson was Minnesota's mandolin maestro

Albert Bellson was Minnesota's mandolin maestro

Italian immigrant Albert Bellson was considered Minnesota's master mandolin player and teacher in the 1920s and '30s, an era when big string orchestras were all the rage.   Despite his lofty stature, Bellson took time every week to walk from his downtown St. Paul instrument shop and music school to the Rondo neighborhood. That's where he coached, cajoled and conducted a group...

Boston to host North American Debut of Italian film “Briciole Sul Mare”

Boston to host North American Debut of Italian film “Briciole Sul Mare”

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA Critically acclaimed Italian comedy-drama film "Briciole Sul Mare" will make its North American debut in 12 cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout the month of October, beginning at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on October 9.   Read more   Fonte: Bostoniano  

40th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, October 9

40th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, October 9

Preparations for the 40th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade are progressing. Parade organizers announced the grand marshal and honorary grand marshal for the annual celebration of community and Italian pride.   When the parade steps off this year at noon on Sunday, October 9 and marches along Morris Park Avenue from White Plains to Williamsbridge roads, real estate developer and philanthropist Richard Naclerio...

Pietro's Delizioso!

Pietro's Delizioso!

It's always nice when customers leave a restaurant happy and even say thanks for a great meal. But what happened Friday night at Pietro's Pizza Kauai went beyond the usual show of appreciation for a pie done well. Maria Lopez, a professional opera singer on her honeymoon on Kauai, stood up after finishing dinner.   "I haven't had pizza this good since I left...

This hidden Italian restaurant on 79th Street is worth hunting for

This hidden Italian restaurant on 79th Street is worth hunting for

Based on Antica Mare's menu proclamations, you'd expect a line of waiting diners stretching from the Shorecrest restaurant's front door to the 79th Street Causeway. "Best chicken you could ever eat!" "First authentic Tuscan restaurant in Florida!" "Best octopus in the world!" "Owner's favorite dish — you'll eat everything except the bone!"   Instead, the bayfront restaurant open since January on the ground...

Italian Feast returns to Hutchinson Square

Italian Feast returns to Hutchinson Square

Grab the green, white and red and head out to Hutchinson Square this Sunday for the fourth Summerville Italian Feast. This year's festival has twice as many booths as last year, said festival organizer Jay Lombardo.   About 5,000 people came out last year in the aftermath of the October floods, and organizers are hoping for 7,000 this year. In its first few years...

Melissa Marino selected as future leader of NIAF on Campus

Melissa Marino selected as future leader of NIAF on Campus

Melissa Marino has been selected by the National Italian American Foundation to join the Italian American Leadership Council (IALC) Fellow Program. Melissa Marino is a Santa Barbara native receiving a BFA in Theatre Performance and a BA in Italian Language and Culture at Chapman.   She studied abroad in the spring of 2015 in Milan, Italy, and loved all of the amazing...

Roselli's Exploration of Italian Foods' Histories & Origins

Roselli's Exploration of Italian Foods' Histories & Origins

L.E. Roselli's Food Specialties is premiering a blog and social media series centered on the history and culture of Italian food. While most Americans are familiar with basic pasta dishes, they may not know their colorful histories and origins, such as the fact that the earliest form of pasta, called laganon, actually comes from ancient Greece.   "The History of Taste" blog...

Livingston Unico Presents "Oktoberfeast Celebrazione" Italian Festival…

Livingston Unico Presents "Oktoberfeast Celebrazione" Italian Festival This Weekend

by Danielle Santola Games, rides, food, beer and wine will be some of the highlights at the Livingston Unico "Oktoberfeast Celebrazione" in the St. Philomena's Church parking lot from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2. Two cultures will collide from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on...

October is Italian-American Heritage Month

October is Italian-American Heritage Month

The annual kickoff of this year's Italian American Heritage Month will be held on Friday, September 30th at 5:45 p.m. in the State House Chamber, 3rd Floor.   Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian national anthems and other musical selections. New entertainment for this year, a performance by musician Ray Cavicchio, soloist Ruth Harcovitz and vocalist Gian Faraone. Attend...

89th Italian Sausage and Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday

89th Italian Sausage and Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday

October 2nd marks the 89th annual Italian Spaghetti Dinner in Little Italy, Arkansas. On this day we are all Italian in Central Arkansas as we celebrate our proud Arkansas Italian-American history in Northwest Pulaski County. The weather is expected to be fantastic in Little Italy as we enjoy St. Francis Catholic Church's famous spaghetti and sausage dinner (all you can...

Mario Lanza tribute concert in Providence this weekend

Mario Lanza tribute concert in Providence this weekend

By Richard Duckett   The Italian-American tenor Mario Lanza (1921-59) inspired many with his "once in a century" voice, including later operatic greats such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Talents of the World Inc. is hoping to keep the inspiration going with its show "Three Tenors from Around the World: A Tribute to the Legendary Mario Lanza." It comes to the Cathedral...

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

By Beth Accomando   Fabio Frizzi may not be a household name in the U.S., but he has created some of the most memorable scores for Italian horror and Western films. He will be performing in San Diego Thursday night at Brick By Brick.   Frizzi has been composing scores for Italian genre cinema for decades. Most famously, he provided atmospheric soundscapes for the...

Emmy-winning PBS chef to help kick off new community cooking classes at Cedar Cr…

Emmy-winning PBS chef to help kick off new community cooking classes at Cedar Crest

Meet Emmy Award-winning public television chef Lidia Bastianich, Thursday when she helps Cedar Crest College kick off its "Health Starts in the Kitchen" community cooking program. Bastianich, host of "Lidia's Kitchen" on PBS will talk about food's role in fostering strong communities, and how she's found success in a male-dominated industry at 12:30 p.m. in the college's Alumnae Hall Auditorium.   Bastianich also...

Elmwood Park society raising money for Italian earthquake victims

Elmwood Park society raising money for Italian earthquake victims

by Matthew Milsop   The Scoglitti Society of Elmwood Park will be holding a fundraiser to help the victims of a devastating earthquake in Italy that rocked that country in August. An earthquake, measuring 6.2 in magnitude, hit Central Italy on Aug. 24, killing 297. A pasta night will be held on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at 226 Market St. in Elmwood Park....

Top ten most memorable Italian movies

Top ten most memorable Italian movies

The Italian cinema started its development at the beginning of the XX century. Since then the Italian movies have had numerous significant successes both inside the country and all over the world.   As everything Italian the Italian movies can cut to the quick without being superficial, they are educative but at the same time full of irony, they are delicate but...

Reggio's grows a pizza empire at O'Hare

Reggio's grows a pizza empire at O'Hare

Reggio's Pizza is going strong at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The local Italian eatery has just unveiled its fourth outlet at one of the world's busiest airports in Terminal 3 near Gate 8. The fourth outlet at the airport easily makes Reggio's one of the most visible restaurant operations in the huge airport complex.   And why not? Pizza is one of those...

Italian Wine Floods East Coast Ports, Lifting Import Volumes

Italian Wine Floods East Coast Ports, Lifting Import Volumes

Call it the summer of the sommelier. American consumers stocked up on European luxury goods, including wine from Italy and France in August, helping boost import numbers at the largest East Coast ports after a slow start to the peak summer shipping season.   On Friday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that the marine terminals around New York...

Book review: A Literary Tour Of Italy

Book review: A Literary Tour Of Italy

There's little sense in the English-speaking world of an Italian literary tradition that can stand alongside our vastly more substantial understanding of a French or German one.   How did the language of European self-knowledge, of Dante's sacred (or sacred-ish) poetry and Petrarch's secular model collapse into a language largely associated with crime fiction and travel-brochure kitsch? Why does Italy's literature in...

Michael Kramer Plans ‘Approachable’ Italian for Greenville

Michael Kramer Plans ‘Approachable’ Italian for Greenville

Chef Micheal Kramer, the opening executive chef of McCrady's (pre-Sean Brock), has spent the past three years in Greenville, SC with the Table 301 Restaurant Group. He also took on the role of executive chef at acclaimed eatery The Lazy Goat . Now, for his next project, Kramer will open Jianna on the second floor of 600 S. Main St....

Emilia Romagna’s project to attract new investments working handsomely

Emilia Romagna’s project to attract new investments working handsomely

by Ilaria Vesentini   The Italian region of Emilia Romagna is doing a good job in attracting new investments, which at the moment total €612 million and should lead to the creation of 1,600 new jobs, 400 of them in the research field.   The 17 companies that are responding to the project called Attractiveness launched by the region's governor Stefano Bonaccini --aimed at...

Belle Macchina Italiane in Nashville Brings Together Ferrari Club of America Mem…

Belle Macchina Italiane in Nashville Brings Together Ferrari Club of America Members

By Janelle A. Weber   A little rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the Tifosi who descended on the Music City for the 2016 Belle Macchina Italiane weekend. Guests from Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia joined members of the Tennessee Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America for three days of countryside driving and exotic auto ogling.   The event was organized by Chapter President Mike...

Phoenix considers celebrating Native American culture on Columbus Day

Phoenix considers celebrating Native American culture on Columbus Day

Phoenix could soon join a collection of cities that hold alternative celebrations on Columbus Day to commemorate the history and contributions of Native American cultures.   City leaders are considering whether to establish Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October. Supporters say the event would promote a more accurate understanding of history and celebrate the city's large, vibrant Native American...

Mangia mangia! Diotaiuti opens Aperto in Northwest

Mangia mangia! Diotaiuti opens Aperto in Northwest

There's a bold new spot for power lunching in Northwest, and it's fitting that celebrity chef Luigi Diotaiuti is there to be your guide. Mr. Diotaiuti, whose fortunate clients have included George Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Harrison Ford and John F. Kerry, has opened Aperto to be the companion piece to his other District Italian bistro, Al Tiramisu, which has been...

Rosi's Fire at Sea is Italy's Oscar contender

Rosi's Fire at Sea is Italy's Oscar contender

Gianfranco Rosi's Fuocoammare is Italy's contender for the best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars. The movie was selected on Monday from a field of seven by a committee at the offices of film industry association ANICA. 'Fuocoammare' (Fire At Sea) is a documentary about Italian migrant stepping-stone island Lampedusa. It looks at the lives of island residents as well...

NIAF To Honor NOIAW with Community Leadership Award

NIAF To Honor NOIAW with Community Leadership Award

The National Italian American Foundation has announced that it will be honoring the National Organization of Italian American Women with a Community Leadership Award to NOIAW Founder and Chair Emerita, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, at its 41st Anniversary Gala. The 41st Anniversary Gala takes place at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC 20008 on October 15, 2016 (Cocktails...

The Story of Italian Food in Los Angeles, From Chianti to Burrata

The Story of Italian Food in Los Angeles, From Chianti to Burrata

What enters your mind when twirling fennel pollen–dusted spaghetti around your fork? Probably not much more than "Just how quickly can I get this into my mouth?" And that's fair, because L.A.'s emerging renditions of Italian cuisine are incredible. But there's a story behind all that beautiful bread and cheese. Italian food wasn't always held in the high esteem it...

Sorrento offers a real taste of 'la dolce vita' - and you'll be left craving a s…

Sorrento offers a real taste of 'la dolce vita' - and you'll be left craving a second helping

Sipping wine during a lazy lunch at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, I couldn't stop the phrase "la dolce vita'' from springing to mind. Just a few days in Italy had given me a taste of that sweet life we've all heard about – and I was loving it.   I had flown from Manchester on a grey, drizzly afternoon...

New Orleans Dining Guide | Essential 100: Italian

New Orleans Dining Guide | Essential 100: Italian

Avo has a one-of-a-kind setting deep in its Uptown neighborhood, where the courtyard dining room, flickering candles and overarching trees make the space feel like a town square (with a retractable roof when the weather doesn't cooperate). Still, the really distinctive draw is chef Nick Lama's contemporary ideas for high-end Italian cuisine.   There is precision and artfulness across his menu, but...

Alexander Capraro, l’architetto molisano che conquistò Chicago

Alexander Capraro, l’architetto molisano che conquistò Chicago

Alexander (Alessandro Vincenzo) Capraro nacque a Pietrabbondante (oggi provincia di Isernia) il 7 gennaio del 1895 da Vincenzo e Maria Vitullo. La registrazione della sua nascita fu regolarizzata dinanzi al Sindaco di allora Ruggiero Di Salvo. Giunse in America nel 1905 viaggiando, con i suoi genitori, sulla nave " Sicilian Prince". La famiglia Capraro si stabilì a Chicago. Sin da piccolo mostrò una...

Italian restaurant Gusto DiVino Trattoria opens in Seaford

Italian restaurant Gusto DiVino Trattoria opens in Seaford

A new family-run spot in Seaford, Gusto DiVino Trattoria, has opened in what had been Mulberry Street.   Originally from Montenegro, Mike Glavatovic is the owner, and his nephew, Dona Djonbalaj, is managing the front of the house. Glavatovic has worked in restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester for the last 25 years.   Read more   Source: http://www.newsday.com/    

Morris County Columbus Day Parade Marches Through Hanover October 9

Morris County Columbus Day Parade Marches Through Hanover October 9

By Yvonne McGreevy Columbus Day celebrations in Morris County will be kicking off on Friday, October 7, with The Morris County Columbus Day Parade Awards Dinner and finishing off with a procession through East Hanover on Sunday, October 9.   The East Hanover Italian American Club will be celebrating their roots on North American soil with a special gala and awards ceremony on...

J&A Italian and Counter due in November in Stuyvesant Plaza

J&A Italian and Counter due in November in Stuyvesant Plaza

By Steve Barnes The locally owned Marrello Restaurants and Catering, which operates three area Bellini's locations and Jacob & Anthony's American Grille in Saratoga Springs, will launch its next concept, J&A Italian, in the former Creo building in Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland. An opening in mid- to late November is projected, company owner Joe Marrello tells me. Renovations have modified the building...

Joint exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini opening October 2016 a…

Joint exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini opening October 2016 at Center for Italian Modern Art

This October, the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) will explore the direct ties between two Italian artists born in different centuries but characterized by deep affinities: the founder of Metaphysical painting, Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978), and leading conceptual artist Giulio Paolini (b. 1940). The exhibition will bring the two artists together in conversation for the first time, with highlights including a new series...

Seattle's Latest Italian Restaurant Serves up Rustic, Homey Fare

Seattle's Latest Italian Restaurant Serves up Rustic, Homey Fare

Named for a monastery outside of Lonigo, Italy, San Fermo in Ballard is probably the first new Italian restaurant in a long time that wants to make its name in rustic, homey southern Italian food.   Instead of focusing on the current trend of modern, interpretive Italian dishes, co-owners Tim Baker (Percy's & Co.), Scott Shapiro (Melrose Market), and Wade Weigel and...

Design plans for renovation of Bensonhurst’s Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park released

Design plans for renovation of Bensonhurst’s Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park released

By Anna Spivak Design plans for the $4.5 million rehabilitation and reconstruction of Bensonhurst's Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park, 71st Street and 16th Avenue, have been officially released.   A plan that heavily weighed on the opinions of community members, the park's new design – which will feature new basketball courts, a playground, spray shower, adult fitness equipment, fencing, lighting, benches, synthetic turf, sidewalk...

Stepping Back: A Journey into the ancient art of Italy

Stepping Back: A Journey into the ancient art of Italy

Opening reception Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 pm. American Italian Museum, 1227 Central Ave., Albany. Stepping Back is a cultural exhibit showcasing contemporary Italian artists working in the ancient and traditional art forms of Italy. Five artists working regionally, nationally and internationally are participating in this unique exhibit highlighting the ancient art forms of Italy. These techniques, best known through masterpieces...

UNICO plans Piccolo award ceremony Nov. 13

UNICO plans Piccolo award ceremony Nov. 13

Members of UNICO Delaware District 1, which includes both Southern Delaware and Maryland chapters (Delmarva and Rehoboth Area), took a break in a community service project at St. Edmond Church on Aug. 10, to plan the fourth annual Brian Piccolo Award event.   This award is earned each year by a high school senior athlete of Italian origin in good academic standing....

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