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by Melissa D'Arabian   Classic holiday dishes usually are fattier, sweeter and heavier than our normal fare, so when a traditional dish actually is healthy without any tweaks, that's something to celebrate, indeed! So if cioppino isn't somewhere on your holiday menu, let's change that.   Cioppino is a tomato-based fish stew tha...

Former Ramsey mayor Richard Muti's fourth book "Essays for my Father: A legacy of passion, politics, and patriotism in small-town America" has been named a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category.   "Essays for my Father" is a collection of Muti's essays about Chris Christie and Jersey-style politics, unne...

by Naomi O'Leary   Amanda Knox, the American student who became tabloid fodder, will not be in court on Thursday to hear Italian judges give their verdict in her retrial for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher when the two were roommates studying abroad in 2007.   Knox, who is living in Seattle, is standing trial alongside her Itali...

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride on receiving the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations. Anita will accept the award at a ceremony on May 10 in the historic Great Hall at Ellis Island, New York.   A former assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First...

Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of La Bohème , the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mimì, airs on Great Performances at the Met on Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m.   Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed...

Veltroni, who served as Rome mayor from 2001 to 2008, will wed the pair on September 29th in the former Doge's Palace, Ca' Farsetti, Corriere della Sera reported.   Clooney and Veltroni reportedly met when the actor came to Rome to receive a Summit Peace Award for his humanitarian work in Darfur from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2007,...

This is a valuable and enjoyable collection of authentic Italian folk music and song for mandolin, suitable for beginners as well as professional musicians. The first and foremost book ever published in the United States on traditional Southern Italian mandolin.   The book includes 36 songs, both instrumental and vocal pieces and delves deep...

Award-winning songwriter, producer, and recording artist Michéal Castaldo announces the Fifth Anniversary release of Aceto as a high-resolution digital album. With the growing popularity of online streaming sites, high-resolution audio for music is able to deliver sound that is exceptionally better than standard CDs and MP3s.   Every sound c...

by Jess Fleming   While doing research for "The Splendid Table's" 20th anniversary, I acquired a copy of Lynne Rossetto Kasper's cookbook by the same name, published in 1992, a few years before the radio show began.   The book is as much a cookbook as it is a love letter to Emilia-Romagna, a region in northern Italy that is responsibl...

By Elizabeth Vallone   Imagine a person so revered his tombstone has these words inscribed on it: "To so great a name, no epitaph can do justice." Do you think this phrase could be put above W's grave? How about Clinton's? Obama's? How about Nixon's?   Would you believe this is what is written on the gravestone of the infamous Niccolò...

Can you disparage a cheese? The Grana Padano Consortium of Italy certainly thinks you can. That's why they're suing America's longest-running soap opera. Their cheese was insulted on a recent episode, they claim.   In today's top entry to the you-can't-make-this-shit-up list, the Italian cheese manufacturers are suing The Bold and the Beauti...

by Anthony Julian Tamburri   Cari Tutti, as editor of the "Italian Series" from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, I am delighted to announce the publication of the following collection: Goliarda Sapienza in Context - Intertextual Relationships with Italian and European Culture. Edited By Alberica Bazzoni; Emma Bond, and Ka...