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Thursday September 30, 5:30 PM, zoom webinar. Register Here. On the occasion of the special exhibit ITALIAN-AMERICAN ICONS: MOSAIC PORTRAITS at the MarinMOCA, the Italian Cultural Institute is hosting a webinar on the HISTORY OF MOSAIC ART IN FRIULI, with Guglielmo Zanette, curator of the exhibition, and Denise Toson, guest artist and instructor. D...

A 2023 lander in the moon’s Mare Crisium will carry the first GNSS receiver to that planet’s surface: the Navigation Early Investigation on Lunar surface (NEIL) receiver with software-defined radio (SDR) technology. The receiver will spring from agreements between the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Italian Space Agen...

Frank Sinatra was born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, in an apartment at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, NJ. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino and Natalina (neé Gavarante) Sinatra. He was named after the Roman Catholic church where his parents attended mass. Due to some injuries at birth, his baptism at St. Fr...

Being heavyweight champion of the world was a big deal when professional boxing was a mainstream sport – a very big deal. And in the early 1950s, an Italian-American called Rocky Marciano was the guy. Born Rocco Marchegiano on Sept. 1, 1923, he was one of six children in a working-class Italian immigrant family – his father came from Abruzzo and hi...

If you’ve visited Italy at some point in the last 75 years, and if you arrived in ‘il Bel Paese’ by air, chances are you’ve traveled with Alitalia, which has been the official Italian national airline since 1947. And, if you’re like co-hosts Rossella, John, and Pat, you’ve got countless memories of returning to the Motherland “Italian Style” aboard...

Goodfellas is widely considered one of the greatest movies in film history, and many elements from it have been praised over the years, as are the performances of the main cast – but it was almost different as Paul Sorvino almost dropped out before filming. Martin Scorsese has explored a variety of genres throughout his career as a filmmaker, earni...

Facing big-name competition, Stanley Tucci’s Searching For Italy CNN series won the Emmy for Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special, a category another CNN travel and food series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, dominated for most of the last decade. Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy faced against the highly rated and headline-making Oprah With Megh...

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, I wish first and foremost to express the closeness of the Italian people to the families of the victims of that heinous attack and to all the people of the United States, in keeping with the deep and long-standing friendship that binds our two countries. A s...

Lou Costello was one of the funniest and most gifted American comedians of all time. The saga of this legendary comedian begins in Paterson, NJ amid a typical Italian American family. Paterson had a large Italian population, specifically in the Little Italy, Stony Road, and Sandy Hill sections of town. Louis Francis Cristillo was born in the Sandy...

The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation, Inc. of Washington, D.C., Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen to award university scholarships to 129 students this year from a pool of over 300 applicants. The Foundation is named for its founder, Giovanni Motta, who was born in Serra D’Aiello (CZ), Italy. Mr. Mott emigrated to the...

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of “The Voice of Frank Sinatra,” the first recorded album by the Italian-American singer from Hoboken. Through all that time, and through many labels and shifting styles—through fifty-nine albums, from those first crooner hits to the incomparable records, by turns swinging and saddened, of the nineteen-...

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is one of the most iconic sports cars, gifted with all that's in and out. As a more nippy-looking version of the 8C Coupe, the Spider model rolled in 2008 and pulled off handling around five hundred customers in two years. Though the 8C Competizione (with Coupe and spider variants) was around for only three years,...