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Italian was spoken in my family as I grew up but by the adults only. They spoke Italian to communicate “grown-up issues.” You know, all that stuff that we kids “shouldn’t know about.”  Plus, speaking Italian was a hangover from the Old Country and while my parents were proud of their heritage, they were first-generation Americans who wanted the nex...

Attending agricultural trade shows comes with the territory for those of us who write about and photograph crop production. I’ve attended dozens through the years, but until the International Fruit Tree Association’s recent tour of Northern Italy, I had never been accompanied by growers. Sure, I’d often see grower-friends at shows, and would spend...

The Honorable Robin M. Giarrusso – the Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court Division G – announced her intention to retire, effective May 1, 2023, following the completion of her landmark 35th year on the bench. Judge Giarrusso first took office on April 29, 1988 and served as Civil District Court’s Chief Judge from 1998-2000. She will reti...

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. ~The Preamble of the C...

I was born in Palermo, Sicilia, on July 12, 1966; we lived in the little town of Gangi. My dad, mom, her mother Giose and her father Giacomo and I traveled 11 days by boat to the United States of America. We arrived just in time to celebrate my second birthday at the port of New York on July 12, 1968. Our original stay was brief, and we returned to...

Decades ago, children would play in the caves and tunnels under the hill of Posillipo in Italy. They would run and duck through the subterranean world, weaving through miles of underground tunnels. When the now-grown adults told stories of the tunnels to researchers, they were puzzled, LiveScience reported. Italy has a rich history of underground a...

The Italian Cultural Center is looking for new members for our board of directors. Unlike other boards, there is no financial commitment, although board members are asked to donate gift baskets or other small tokens (around $100) for our Festa di Natale. We volunteer our time, usually in our areas of expertise, to help run the ICC. We meet every ot...

In the new episode of Italian Innovators I present the story of ALFIERI MASERATI, founder of the renowned automobile company. WATCH THE EPISODE HERE. Starting from the finish line of the 1908 Targa Florio, where young Alfieri celebrated as the riding mechanic of the winning pilot Vincenzo Trucco, I explore the development of his career (from racing...

Since 1996, NIAF has proudly joined with the National Christopher Columbus Association (NCCA) to sponsor an annual national essay contest on a topic related to Christopher Columbus for high school students throughout the United States. Deadline: March 15, 2023 11:59pm EST This year's topic is: When reflecting on Columbus’s legacy, we tend to think...

Wedding tourism is booming in Italy with over 11,000 overseas couples tying the knot in the Bel Paese last year, according to the Destination Weddings in Italy Observatory, complied by the Centro Studi Turistici tourist study centre. Tuscany was confirmed as favourite foreign wedding destination with 21% of the total followed by Lombardy, Campania,...

"An idea of Dante" by Gianfranco Contini. Book Presentation. Teodolinda Barolini, Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Editor-in-chief of Digital Dante in conversation with Fabio Finotti, IIC-NY Director, and Luigi Ballerini, Founder and Editor of Agincourt Press. Feb...

When: Tue, Feb 21, 2023, 7:00 PM - Where: N10 Restaurant 8436 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048  Accademia della Cucina Italiana and Tesori da Vivere present the unique opportunity to experience a true Venetian Carnival night of Mardi Gras. A musical trio will accompany the red-carpet event with live baroque and rondeau symphonies. The best cos...