Mike Cutillo remembers exactly when he caught the journalism bug: Mr. McKee’s seventh-grade English class at Durgee Junior High School. “We could write anything we wanted to, but it had to be in the style of a Greek myth,” Cutillo recalled. Cutillo penned a fantasy football tale of the Minnesota Vikings facing off against the Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Mc...

When: 10/05 Tuesday 7 pm - Where: Casa Belvedere – The Italian Cultural Foundation What: A Reading/Performance by Joanna Clapps Herman and Michela Musolino, facilitated by Maria Giura In her book When I Am Italian, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the question: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of...

Laurel Evans has made a career of teaching Italians about American cuisine. The cookbook author was born and raised in Boerne, but moved to Milan when she fell in love with and eventually married an Italian, photographer Emilio Scoti. Through her blog Un’Americana in Cucina and her cookbooks Buon Appetito America!, American Bakery, and La Cucina Te...

Per molto tempo abbiamo dovuto subire l’onta che a dare origine alla letteratura italoamericana fosse una novella scritta in francese! Peppino di Luigi Donato Ventura, insegnante di lingue romanze e scrittore freelance, apparve nel 1885, per W.R Jenkins di New York, editore specializzato in materiali educativi, ed era quindi un testo scolastico. L’...

Over the past 50 years, contemporary Italian authors familiar to American readers were largely limited to Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and a handful of others. But thanks in part to the popularity of author Elena Ferrante—the so-called “Ferrante Effect”—the work of a new generation of Italian writers, especially women writers, is arrivin...

“Most people are capable of feeding themselves without recipes, so if they are buying a book, they want to go deeper than that,” says Matt Sartwell, managing partner of the New York City bookstore Kitchen Arts & Letters. Since 1983, this beloved food and drink specialist has been satiating the appetites of the culinary curious from Julia Child to a...

When Gail Reitano and her partner, Nick Bogle, want Italian food, they descend on San Francisco’s North Beach. Closer to home, which is in Bolinas, their favorite restaurants are Marin Joe’s and San Anselmo’s Insalata. If Reitano could have her favorite Italian dish, she’d have the vongole pasta in a white sauce, with fresh clams, that her father m...

A Celebration of the De Cenza Mystery Series, by Arthur Cola. This Friday at 6:00 PM EDT - Columbus Citizens Foundation | 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021. Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Italian American Museum of New York City are sponsoring a celebration of the De Cenza Murder Mystery series by author Arthur Cola. The event will be ta...

Lina‘s mother’s dying wish was for her to go to Italy and meet her father. In all her 16 years of life, he has never once tried to get in touch with either of them. So when she arrives in Italy, she is skeptical and just wants to leave. But then she’s given her mother’s journal from her time in Italy and everything changes. Lina discovers many of I...

Rob Chirico of Greenfield is the quintessential Renaissance man. He writes. He paints. He gardens. He cooks. He teaches. I have reviewed several of his books for this paper. My favorite is probably his 2016 cookbook “Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking Through Stories and Recipes.” The book shares Italian-American recipe...