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by Marco Gasperetti Il rating è lunghissimo, un elenco di più di seimila nomi, ordinato rigorosamente, come una classifica universale. Sono le lingue più studiate al mondo. Al primo posto, e non è una notizia, c'è l'inglese, al secondo il francese, al terzo lo spagnolo.   E, sorpresa, al quarto c'è l'italiano. Sì, proprio l'idioma di Dante,...

by Carol Cormaci   The local branch of the Italian Catholic Federation recently helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the parent organization by attending an affair at Casa Italiana that drew 185 members of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.   Representing Branch 374 from St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañad...

Atlanta builder Pattillo Construction Corp. has been selected to build Beretta USA's new manufacturing plant and research facility near Nashville, Tenn. Announced in January, the Italian firearms maker said it will invest $45 million in a state-of-the-art gun manufacturing plant and R&D facility. The facility will create 300 jobs.   Rea...

Bjorn Fratangelo is ready to make a new career highlight. After a 2013 season in which he won two singles titles and had two runner-up finishes at USTA Pro Circuit events, Fratangelo has bounced back from a slow start to 2014 because of injuries to win a singles and doubles title in Italy and advance to today's finals of the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis...

By Lawrence Ulrich Slip-sliding around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Derek Hill in the world's last Maserati Tipo 151 – a vintage honey that tore through LeMans in the early '60s – it's possible to imagine that Maserati's glory days were all in the past. But seeing the alluring Alfieri concept car unveiled for North America, it's clear that...

Even before you arrive at the Ferragosto Italian Street Festival you begin to see its positive impact on people and community. Colorful green, white and red flags flap lazily from light poles while sharing a soft summer wind with soothing swirling soprano notes letting everyone know it's that time of year again.   "The Ferragosto has been a...

Last weekend the Maker Faire was a lot of fun! Lots of robots, drones and crazy shows. Such as the Coke & Mentos: see here the video. The best surprise for me was finding a group of Italian makers with their own space: "Makers Italia". The mission from Italy was organized by the Italian Trade Commission, which is the governmental agency aimed...

With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street.   The trendy Italian crossover model has a roundish front and curvy rear reminiscent of the iconic 500 subcompact, and yet it's essentially a clone of the rugged, boxy Jeep Renegade....

Instead of a ribbon cutting, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar on Tuesday, Oct. 14, performed a pizza cutting, officially opening the new Grimaldi's of Woodbridge.   A Brooklyn native herself, she welcomed the new franchise. "I know the roots of this great pizza," she said.Michael Ursini, a Bethany resident who was raised in New Haven, has par...

The Gianottas have operated Valentino's in Indian Harbour Beach since 1995, which shows they are doing something right. Patriarch Sergio Giannotta Sr. is in charge of making his customers feel welcome, while son Sergio Jr. makes sure the patrons are well-fed.   Question: What is the family history? Senior: I was born in Faicchio in 1949. It...

When it comes to playing a hunch-backed dwarf, Michael Corvino is head and shoulders above the competition.   The Bronx-born baritone is in Phoenix to star as the title character of Arizona Opera's "Rigoletto." It's a role he's sung in more than 100 performances at New York City Opera and companies around the globe.   Read more  ...

The Italian-American Women's Club of Lake County invites any women of Italian heritage or espousal - from 18 to 120 - to join the club for its camaraderie, friendship and sharing of the Italian heritage. The IAWC mission is "To promote frienships among the Italian-American Women in the Calumet area and among the wives of the members of the Cesare...