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Across Italy, music has been connecting people as 60 million have been confined to their homes. At the end of the first week of the national lockdown, an initiative was launched in Rome which touched the whole country. Brass collective Fanfaroma’s Flash Mob Sonoro urged people to “open the windows, step out onto the balcony and play together”. Some...

Originally planned to debut earlier this year, Grana, the new Piedmont Heights Italian restaurant from chef Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella, opened on March 19 for pickup and curbside service only, due to the shutdown of bars and dine-in restaurants in the city of Atlanta. In early April 2018, Pascarella opened his first metro Atlanta restaurant, the Whi...

Wyoming Area senior baseball player Ryan Petrucci has committed to continue his academic and athletic careers at Lebanon Valley College. Petrucci batted a team-high .423 with two doubles, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored as a junior for the Warriors. He played first base and catcher, the position he expects to play in college. Along with Lebanon Valley, P...

Towering Pandoro and Panettone cakes may reign supreme in Italy at Christmas, but Easter is all about the sweet known as Colomba di Pasqua. The cake takes its name from its shape – baked in the form of a dove, or colomba in Italian. The symbol of peace, as well as a sign of spring, the dove shape is also the cake’s main association with the Easter...

Tuscan Brands is making a company-wide effort to help in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis and its ravaging effects on the restaurant industry. Owner Joe Faro of Tuscan Brands, which includes restaurants and Italian markets located throughout the region, including its newest in Boston’s Seaport District and its flagship Tuscan Kitchen and Tusca...

What with the global pandemic radically transforming society as we know it, you would be forgiven for forgetting Lady Gaga’s birthday this year – but Ariana Grande clearly didn’t. “Happy birthday to a literal angel that has changed my life in many ways!” the singer posted on Instagram on 28 March. “I’ll tell you more about it later but… You make my...

Featured on the March 26th, 2020 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore: — Fabian Alfie PhD, a professor at the University of Arizona, tells about Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron. It is a masterpiece of Italian medieval literature that can teach contemporary people about surviving a pandemic with hope intact. — Hear the story of a...

Trattoria di Carlo has been open in Oak Creek for 18 years. The restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine. Owner Carlo Pedone says to him, every customer that walks through the door feels like family. Carlo checks in with his own family daily. Some of them live in Italy, and he worries about their safety and health because of the coronavirus pa...

This exhibition explores the cultural-religious tradition of St. Joseph’s Tables, which are among the richest expressions of Italian American cultural identity and embody a living tradition that has transcended ethnic lines. St. Joseph is among the most venerated saints in Christianity; he is the patron saint of immigrants, workers, unborn children...

Chicago White Sox hitting coach Frank Menechino paid a visit to Team Italy and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) coach Frank Catalanotto on January 29, 2020 to assist his players on baseball fundamentals. The former major leaguers played together on the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 and 2005 as well as on Team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Cla...

American giants of fast food and soft drinks support Italy's battle against Covid-19. McDonald's Italy, the Italian branch of the American fast-food chain, has donated €1 million to support the treatment of Coronavirus patients in Milan. The donation, made together with McDonald's franchisees and the Ronald McDonald Children's Foundation, will go t...

In September 2020, the Foundation will place five outstanding Italian American college students and recent graduates in the offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. NIAF will award fellows with a stipend of $1,000 to aid with travel and li...