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L'Ambasciatore d'Italia negli Stati Uniti Armando Varricchio ha presentato il catalogo "Italian Treasures in the U.S. – An Itinerary of Art" alla Biblioteca del Congresso, il più vasto archivio mondiale di conoscenza e creatività.

 

Il volume, realizzato ...

We don't need to talk about the food," said Giovanni DeNegris, kidding only a little. "I am who I am with the food." This is certainly true. Throughout his career, the chef's culinary focus has been unwavering. His is the cucina povera (cooking of the poor) of his native Puglia, the stiletto ...

Talk about having your finger on the pulse: Anheuser-Busch InBev will wholly acquire one of Italy's most popular craft breweries, Birra del Borgo. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and Birra del Borgo founder Leonardo Di Vincenzo will continue to serve as CEO.

 

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When: Tuesday, May 10th @ 7:00 PM
Where: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301


This presentation will explore the diversity and complexity of the Campania Region. The photographs by Anita Sanseverino accompanied by Neapolitan classic songs ...

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà announce the complete lineup for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, June 2-8. For 16 years, Open Roads has proudly offered North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available.

 

As ...

Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone's birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio's birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered ...

To celebrate the 7th Transparency Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation relaunches from 7 to 13 May the "Farnesina Open Doors Day", the initiative open to the general public.

 

For many years now the "Farnesina Open Doors Day" renews the Ministry's commitment to ...

There's a coastline area of Italy known as Liguria – home to Genoa and Portofino – that is as well-known for its natural beauty as it is for its wonderful and unique cuisine.

 

Welcome to Riviera Focacceria Italiana, a hidden gem in Midtown, now known as one of the few places in the U.S. ...

In 1889, when Hartford resident Mark Twain wrote "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," the main character, Hank Morgan, already represented a waning demographic. The Irish had been crashing ashore in green waves for half a century, along with other immigrants.

 

But the 1890s would ...

Reports say Alessandro Nesta is trying to convince Antonio Di Natale to leave Udinese and join Miami FC for a season. The Zebrette legend has endured a turbulent season at the Friuli, with the club fighting relegation and the striker scoring only once in 22 Serie A appearances.

 

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When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
Where: Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford Street, Houston, TX 77006


Join us at the ICCC for a lecture on the challenging rescues of one of Italy's most iconic structures, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and also of ...

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Tom Caldarera, Jr. and his son Joe, both restaurateurs in Fort Smith, will share their Italian family history Sunday at the Clayton House, 514 N. Sixth St.

 

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An old Italian saying goes: "see Naples and then you die", meaning that once you've seen the famous Southern Italian city you have seen all what is worth seeing on Earth, and that after leaving it you will miss it terribly.

 

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Music, an integral part of the Italian who migrates, makes its way through the generations of a new youth, like a gentle reminder and an historical and cultural identity that excites and inspires modern paths of personal development.

 

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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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Il Pastaio is food for the soul

We're taught in early language arts classes to write what we know. But in writing about food, the adage creates a paradox: When a reviewer dines out, he or she does so to experience something new or change perception about something common. Thus, the food writer is often forced to write about that which he or she doesn't know.   Food writers...

Get your Festa Italiana food, wine trail passes

Get your Festa Italiana food, wine trail passes

Food and wine trail tickets for Bethlehem's first Italian festival over Memorial Day weekend are now on sale. The Main Street festival is free and open to the public but to sample all of Italy's culinary offerings you're going to need a wine or food trail passport.   The tickets are on sale here. A wine passport costs $32.64. A food passport costs...

Italian favorites with urban flair in downtown Colorado Springs

Italian favorites with urban flair in downtown Colorado Springs

The image of a red tomato splotch that practically screams "Splat!" is the perfect logo for a restaurant named Red Gravy. While the ruby-colored stuff may be its namesake, it isn't the glue that holds all the dishes together. Two offerings that showered me with Italian amore were not covered in the signature red sauce.   I am enamored with the butternut tortelloni...

Blauvelt Sons of Italy Host Welcome Dinner For New Members

Blauvelt Sons of Italy Host Welcome Dinner For New Members

Recently, the Blauvelt Sons of Italy hosted a dinner to welcome several new members into the organization. The group also honored two Rockland County students with scholarships for their commitment and dedication to learning the language of Italian.   Catlin Hartnett and Greg DeCola, both of Tappan Zee High School, received scholarships for their study of Italian and were accompanied by their...

Rosa Feola, soprano; Fabio Centanni, piano - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Rosa Feola, soprano; Fabio Centanni, piano - Friday, May 06, 2016 at  7:30 pm

Date: Friday, May 06, 2016 - Time: 7:30 PM. Location: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco Organized by: San Francisco Performances - In collaboration with: IIC   Known for her sparkling soprano and gifts as an actress on both the concert platform and opera stage, Rosa Feola regularly collaborates with conductors such as Riccardo Muti and gives recitals internationally. Her strengths are many, including...

New Italian restaurant coming to Green Valley Ranch

New Italian restaurant coming to Green Valley Ranch

Bottiglia Cuchina and Enoteca will open its doors on May 12 at Green Valley Ranch. They will feature a modern twist on Italian classics with as crisp salads, fresh seafood and open-range meats.   The restaurant will also feature in house-made pastas, braised short ribs and more. Bottiglia will also feature an expansive wine selection that stems from Napa/Sonoma as well as North and...

AREEA, la bevanda (italiana) che depura il corpo dagli effetti dell’inquinamento

AREEA, la bevanda (italiana) che depura il corpo dagli effetti dell’inquinamento

Una bevanda può combattere l'inquinamento? È questa la sfida lanciata da AREEA e dai co-founder Antimo Farid Mir e Jacopo Mele. Una sfida non poco ambiziosa, quella dei due giovani imprenditori, forse la più ambiziosa di tutte.   Una sfida da vincere per salvare una media di 7 milioni di persone all'anno in tutto il mondo, come stima una ricerca della World...

New partnership aims to have Italian firms saying 'Ciao, Washington'

New partnership aims to have Italian firms saying 'Ciao, Washington'

The D.C. region could be in store for a potentially heavy dose of sviluppo economico, at least for those real estate developers, landlords and government officials who know the Italian translation for economic development. That's the goal of an international pact forged by D.C.-based Lang Strategies LLC and Italian firm Marazzi & Advisors, which are teaming up to help foreign-based businesses...

Oetzi the Iceman to go on North American tour

Oetzi the Iceman to go on North American tour

Italy's famous Iceman mummy, Oetzi, is set to tour the United States and Canada after a plan to make a lifesize copy was unveiled at the Alto Adige Archaeological Museum Wednesday. The sculpture, crafted by top US 'palaeo-artist' Gary Staab, in collaboration with the Cold Spring Harbor Dna Learning Center in New York, will start its tour in October 2017 at...

Nino Martoglio - A Man for All Seasons

Nino Martoglio - A Man for All Seasons

Nino Martoglio is universally acclaimed in Sicily as a figure larger than life. He excelled in many activities and by the time he died at the age of fifty, he was one of the most famous Sicilians of his times.   His contributions to the development of a Sicilian-language theatre are paramount. His activities in this field justify the claim that he...

A 38,000-Square-Foot Italian Food Hall is Coming to Brickell City Centre

A 38,000-Square-Foot Italian Food Hall is Coming to Brickell City Centre

Food halls are popular all over the country (Eataly, anyone?) but the trend hasn't really made it's way to South Florida — until now. Today it was announced that the almost open Brickell City Centre will house a three-story, Italian dining space when it makes its grand debut.   The 500,000 square-foot shopping center currently being built out by Swire Properties Inc.,...

Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra on exhibit in Stockbridge

Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra on exhibit in Stockbridge

When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016Where: Schantz Galleries – 3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works by Lino Tagliapietra, which incorporate the beautiful gold-like avventurine glass. Avventurine is a challenging material to work with, so these newest works are the result of the past years investigation on how to use...

The Florentine Florin, Dollar of the Renaissance

The Florentine Florin, Dollar of the Renaissance

The Florentine Florin is considered to be the US Dollar of the Renaissance. A coin of a mere 3.54 grams of fine gold, it showed just the name "Florentia" and the fleur-de-lis, emblem of the city, on one side and St John the Baptist, the Patron saint of Florence, on the other side. A king's face was never shown on...

Full and part-time teacher positions for Italian!

Full and part-time teacher positions for Italian!

Calling all teachers who are fluent Italian would like to be part of an exciting new school that wants teachers to have a voice in and be part of the implementation of its educational program!   ISLA is a K-8 dual-immersion charter school that is being proposed in Glendale, California with an anticipated September 2016 start date. Although an ideal candidate will...

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Opens 44th Restaurant in South Padre Island

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Opens 44th Restaurant in South Padre Island

South Padre Island, TX (Restaurant News Release) "Mangia Bene" South Padre Island! The most authentic Texas-based Italian eatery has just opened. Together with two sister locations in Galveston and Corpus Christi this 3rd New York Pizzeria strengthens the brand presence along the Texas Gulf Coast.   One of South Padre Island's most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Russo's New York...

Where did the Etruscans come from? The linguistic and genetic clues are piling u…

Where did the Etruscans come from? The linguistic and genetic clues are piling up.

The Etruscans were a powerful clan with an alien tongue and strange customs. They emerged in what is now central Italy sometime around the 6th century BC. And no one is more obsessed with the Etruscans than the Italians themselves.   "I think that 90 percent of [Italian] taxi drivers can tell you something about the Etruscans," quips Francesco Cini, a resident of...

Documentary Film: "Men of the Cloth" - Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:30PM

Documentary Film: "Men of the Cloth" - Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:30PM

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30PMWhere: Museo Italo-Americano, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building C, San Francisco, CA 94123 MEN OF THE CLOTH is an inspiring portrait of three humble and accomplished Italian master tailors whose work exudes elegance and style. The film gives us a window into the past, present and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are...

A Verdian Season in New York

A Verdian Season in New York

Giuseppe Verdi, that colossus of opera and courageous nation-builder, was celebrated in New York last week in four distinct ways. There were important visitors from Parma, where Verdi is venerated. A small rendering of one of his early works got right to the core of his musical essence. And a performance of Simon Boccanegra at the Met instantly joined the...

Trattoria L’Incontro chef spreads his wings with Maiella in LIC

Trattoria L’Incontro chef spreads his wings with Maiella in LIC

When we heard Chef Rocco Sacramone, of Trattoria L'Incontro, had partnered with Tommy Demaraso, owner of Cavo restaurant and lounge in Astoria, for a new venture in Long Island City, we were really excited.   Ask any hardcore Queens foodie where to find the best Italian fare in the borough, and there is a fair to middlin' chance that the name Trattoria...

The Best of Italy - Saturday, October 22

The Best of Italy - Saturday, October 22

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, in occasion of its 25th anniversary, is proud to present "The Best of Italy", which intends to be a prestigious display of Italian Brands. "The Best of Italy" will be an unforgettable celebration that aim to promote the Made in Italy through different initiatives on Saturday, October 22nd:A street festival on Flagler Street, in the...

Oakland's Genova Delicatessen Closing After 90 Years

Oakland's Genova Delicatessen Closing After 90 Years

Sad news for fans of one of the cornerstone businesses of Oakland's Temescal neighborhood: Genova Delicatessen is packing it in and closing up shop later this week, on April 30. The Italian deli is, as the Mercury-News tells it, one of the last reminders of Temescal's long-ago identity as an Italian-American enclave, and the same family, the DeVincenzis, have been...

Hank, l’italiano che ha giocato in NBA e in MLB

Hank, l’italiano che ha giocato in NBA e in MLB

By Mario Salvini Vent'anni fa, il 20 aprile 1996, a Dearborn, Michigan, moriva Hank Biasatti. E il fatto che probabilmente non sappiate chi è la prova che c'è ancora molto da scoprire nella storia dello sport, della nostra emigrazione, della nostra cultura. Hank in realtà non si chiamava Hank, si chiamava Arcado, un nome troppo difficile da pronunciare a Windsor. E...

Meet the Artist: Lorenzo de'Medici, Renaissance Pop

Meet the Artist: Lorenzo de'Medici, Renaissance Pop

When: Thursday, May 05, 2016 At 6:30 pm Organized by : IIC - Entrance : Free   The painting Il Buio (Lux) by Prince Lorenzo de Medici portrays Lorenzo Il Magnifico, patron of the Renaissance's Enlightenment after the dark Medieval Era, and marks the beginning of the artistic journey for Prince Lorenzo de Medici, the 37 year-old descendent and heir to the Medici dynasty of...

Red Vespa's pizza like none other in Iowa City area

Red Vespa's pizza like none other in Iowa City area

Like most red-blooded Americans, I love pizza. No matter what style, or whether it's served at a Casey's or a small family-style restaurant in Chicago, I'll probably adore it.   That's why I had high hopes when I went to Solon's Red Vespa, a restaurant that promises authentic Neapolitan pizza — and they certainly live up to that promise. Red Vespa bakes...

Coccoina, Italy's Madeleine

Coccoina, Italy's Madeleine

Coccoina glue holds together almost ninety years of memories for generations of Italians. Manufactured by Pavia's Balma, Capoduri & C. since 1927, the "while, solid office glue" is an amazing "madeleine", known to evoke distant childhood days with its unique almond smell.   In one of his novels, Italian politician and author Walter Veltroni explains the role played by Coccoina in one boy's...

New Jersey and Italy: Perfect together - Italian trade head eager to expand busi…

New Jersey and Italy: Perfect together - Italian trade head eager to expand business ties

By Tom Bergeron Let's be clear: Maurizio Forte is the trade commissioner and executive director for the USA of the Italian Trade Agency.   But what he said in his opening remarks of a breakfast with a select audience of New Jersey business executives in Newark last week could easily be construed as an economic development pitch for the Garden State.   Read more   Source: http://www.njbiz.com    

Ballard Pizza Co. Now Slinging Its Pies in South Lake Union

Ballard Pizza Co. Now Slinging Its Pies in South Lake Union

Amazon's growing campus has recently added Ethan Stowell's Ballard Pizza Company to its impressive restaurant collection, which also includes Great State Burger and Bar Noroeste from Josh Henderson, Skillet, Mamnoon Street and Anar, and Marination.   The new Ballard Pizza Company outpost opened on April 11, serving New York-style "whole pies and fat slices," as the official website describes them. This is...

Columbus Citizens Foundation Applauds Colorado State Government In Its Decision …

Columbus Citizens Foundation Applauds Colorado State Government In Its Decision To Uphold Columbus Day As A State Holiday

The Columbus Citizens Foundation is thrilled with the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Committee's recent vote of 7 to 2 rejecting a bill that would have ended the celebration of Columbus Day as a state holiday.   Colorado was the first state to recognize Columbus Day in 1907, when Italian-American Denver resident Angelo Noce lobbied for its recognition as a state...

A Confindustria report sees signs of recovery for Italy’s Mezzogiorno

A Confindustria report sees signs of recovery for Italy’s Mezzogiorno

There are signs of a recovery. Even in the underdeveloped Mezzogiorno (Southern Italy) the economy is rising again. "One more reason to enhance the functioning of the instruments we already have and to set in motion what's missing," said the vice president of Confindustria (the entrepreneurs' association) for the Mezzogiorno and Regional Policies Alessandro Laterza. He was referring to the government's...

Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe opens on Old Gate Lane in Milford

Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe opens on Old Gate Lane in Milford

The new Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe has the appearance of a polished national chain restaurant, but the big boss is called "Mama," described by her children as a "short, old-school Italian lady," 77, who pops in for taste tests at all the Nardelli's locations to make sure her recipes taste as they should.   "I just want to make sure it's all right,"...

An Audio Journey to the Italy of "La Dolce Vita" with Studs Terkel - W…

An Audio Journey to the Italy of "La Dolce Vita" with Studs Terkel - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: WFMT - In collaboration with: https://studsterkel.eventbrite.com   Hear the voices of some of Italy's most exciting 20th century cultural figures during the era of La Dolce Vita courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. This audio "screening" will feature excerpts of conversations...

Italian town sheltered Holocaust refugees

Italian town sheltered Holocaust refugees

Perhaps this is an answer who those who doubt the Holocaust veracity. It comes from a little town in southern Italy. The very first museum was inaugurated Jan. 14, 2009, in the town of Santa Maria al Bagno that hosted thousands of holocaust survivors and refugees of the Nazi persecution in the years 1944-1947. The town was also a stopping point...

Verdi’s Requeim to be performed in Scranton, Kingston

Verdi’s Requeim to be performed in Scranton, Kingston

The Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra will join with four professional opera singers, the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania and the Marywood University Campus Choir to present two performances of the magnificent Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.   The Saturday performance will be given at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Sette LaVerghetta...

Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

The Massachusetts State House welcomed a very special guest on March 17. Receiving an official citation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, Giovanni Russo was recognized for his 74 years of exemplary labor. His entire family was present at the ceremony inside the State Chamber, including his wife of 60 years, Lucia; his daughters Connie, Julie and Veronica; his grandchildren; and...

NOIAW Honors Alisyn Camerota and Jeanne Mariani Sullivan April 16 at the St. Reg…

NOIAW Honors Alisyn Camerota and Jeanne Mariani Sullivan April 16 at the St. Regis New York

The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), the only national organization for women of Italian ancestry, celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a Luncheon and Silent Auction at the St. Regis New York on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The event honored two accomplished Italian American women: Alisyn Camerota and Jeanne Mariani Sullivan. Ms. Camerota is CNN anchor and co-host on CNN's...

Timi Yuro Walk Of Fame Star

Timi Yuro Walk Of Fame Star

We are trying to raise funds to get Italian American singer Timi Yuro a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Timi had many hit records in the 60's and sadly battled cancer for the last 25 years of her life. She lost that battle in 2004, but we would like to honor her and her family with this well...

The Butler Center For Arkansas Studies issues Press Release on Legacies & Lu…

The Butler Center For Arkansas Studies issues Press Release on Legacies & Lunch featuring history of Little Italy

Not long after Little Italy was settled in central Arkansas, the community became a Prohibition-era oasis for winemakers and consumers. At Legacies & Lunch on Wednesday, May 4, from noon-1 p.m. in the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Chris Dorer will discuss his book, Images of America: Little Italy, and his research on...

Grazie, Coach Ciccone

Grazie, Coach Ciccone

It seemed impossible, when you first heard the news. A lifeforce as vibrant as Antonio Ciccone could not be extinguished this soon. But it was true, Ciccone, a science teacher and girls soccer coach at Seymour High, died unexpectedly last Friday at age 61.   Colorful, funny, dedicated, warm and generous are good words for a start, but I'm not sure the...

Fidia expands its operations from Troy to Rochester Hills

Fidia expands its operations from Troy to Rochester Hills

Turin, Italy-based Fidia S.p.A. moved its North American operations in Troy to a new 14,000-square-foot building in Rochester Hills. Fidia designs and builds numerical controls and high-speed milling machine systems for the production of complex-shaped parts for the automotive, aerospace and energy markets.   "Because our market share and customer base have steadily increased over the past several years, we found the need...

"Le amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate": A San Francisco Ars Minerva ripor…

"Le amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate": A San Francisco Ars Minerva riporta in vita l’Opera veneziana

Un'opera veneziana torna in vita dopo tre secoli. Accade però non in Italia bensì a San Francisco. È qui infatti che, dopo il successo dell'anno scorso con La Cleopatra, opera veneziana mai sentita in tre secoli, Ars Minerva, un'organizzazione no-profit artistica con base a San Francisco, riporterà in vita "Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate" di Carlo Pallavicino, un'altra opera veneziana...

Emanuele Aldrovandi's BUTTERFLIES Is In Scena's 2016 Mario Fratti Award Winner

Emanuele Aldrovandi's BUTTERFLIES Is In Scena's 2016 Mario Fratti Award Winner

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY announces the winner of the 2016 Mario Fratti Award: BUTTERFLIES by Emanuele Aldrovandi. Presented annually to an emerging Italian playwright, the winning play is translated into English and the playwright receives a specially commissioned lithograph by artist Victoria Febrer.   The award is named after Mario Fratti, the internationally acclaimed playwright and drama critic best known...

Quel ‘piccolo è bello’ che rende l’Italia potenza senza pari

Quel ‘piccolo è bello’ che rende l’Italia potenza senza pari

Ci sono i piccoli borghi che sono diventati l'espressione della bellezza paesaggistica nazionale. Sono realtà territoriali microscopiche, estremamente tipicizzate e caratteristiche, che rappresentano il gusto sincero del Belpaese e il fascino dell'Italia nascosta, quella da scoprire e recuperare nella sua integrità, al di là delle mete turistiche gettonate e promozionate da ogni guida di viaggio o tour operator.   C'è l'edizione numero...

Prince of Peace in Virginia Beach uses Italian-based method to make learning fun

Prince of Peace in Virginia Beach uses Italian-based method to make learning fun

A music class recently turned into a fishing exploration for Stephanie Jones' 4-year-old son Peter and his classmates at Prince of Peace Preschool.   They decided their musical rhythm sticks resembled fishing poles, and so began their investigation into the world of fish and fish ponds. Their curiosity was piqued, and "the unit unfolded on its own, and the kids were just...

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We the Italians Magazine # 78

WTI 78

Umberto Mucci's Interviews

past-present-and-future-of-italy-in-coloradoOn the (virtual) road again, our trip around the US searching for Italian traces brings us today in Colorado. Again, not among the first States usually mentioned regarding the Italian emigration to the United States, but we will discover that there's a lot of Italy here too, starting from its motto that...

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