Dear friends, I just came back from a magnificent Verrazzano Day in Tuscany, in Greve in Chianti, the small town where the great explorer who first entered New York Bay 500 years ago was born. It was a beautiful day of friendship between Italy and the United States together with the Tuscan authorities, the new U.S. Consul in Florence Danela Ballard...

This may come as a surprise, but Neapolitan ice cream wasn't always the classic combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry we know today. At one time, Neapolitan-style was the catch-all term for any ice cream sold in the United States by Italian immigrants from Naples, the birthplace of modern ice cream who introduced Americans to their home...

Camillo Ianacone, owner of Camillo's Restaurant (31 MacArthur Ave., Sayreville), officially became a U.S. citizen on Tuesday, March 26. After nearly 50 years of living in the United States, Ianacone felt that it was time to get his citizenship. "I never really thought about it much in the past. I was always here, so I never really thought about [be...

The Italian government has launched a digital nomad visa enabling third-country nationals, such as Nigerians to perform highly-skilled work as a freelancer in Italy, or work remotely in Italy for an employer who is based outside the country for up to 12 months which can be renewed. This new visa category was approved and signed into law in March 20...

The great wave of Italian immigrants to the United States began in the 1880s and lasted until 1920. More than four million Italians made the journey, with about 75 percent settling in cities on the East Coast. A small contingent worked their way to the Pacific Northwest. Often unskilled or unable to speak the language, they took whatever jobs they...

Lisa Phillips Visca has dreamed of having one of her screenplays turned into a film. She recently had this chance with “The Italians.”    It made its debut at the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest on Monday, March 4. It also showed at the Cinequest Film Fest in San Jose on Saturday, March 9. Later in the year, the creative team has plan...

Recently, while conducting family genealogy research, I came across an intriguing 70-page handbook titled the “Guide to the United States for the Immigrant Italian” by John Foster Carr. I immediately thought of my paternal and maternal Italian ancestors who achieved their westward destiny during the Great Arrival with the help of such organizations...

How do you even begin to explain the charm of Italy for expats?  Italy’s attractions include its Mediterranean climate, cuisine, cultural history, and beautiful surroundings. However, it is also a place where people enjoy the small things in life.  Life here is infused with the mindset of savouring each moment of the day with a grateful attitude –...

The Calabria region, right down in the toe of Italy’s boot, is where Italian cuisine gets intense. Along with the usual wide range of classic dishes, locals relish spicy foods such as pig blood sausages known as sanguinaccio, and pasta laced with ‘nduja chile pepper salami. It’s a place steeped in ancient traditions, both cultural and culinary. In...

Boston's spirited Italian community began as the city attracted a steady stream of Italian immigrants in the late 1860s. By 1876, the population grew large enough for them to establish their own Italian Catholic Church, St. Leonard's, which still stands today on Hanover Street. The population stood at around 1,200 people in 1880, growing to over 25...