A new travelogue on Little Italies across America uses commedia dell’arte zaniness, three iPhones and lots of cannoli to tell the story of two brothers – both artistic and nostalgic Delaware natives – searching the U.S. for Italian culture, people and, of course, food. Spoiler alert: they succeed. “It reconnected me, for sure, with the memories of...

In honor of International Women’s History Month, it is only fitting to honor some of the famous women in wine history. One of whom very few people have heard, but is responsible for helping to launch two of the world’s largest wine brands, is Teresa Franzia. Standing at a dominative 4’11 inches, Teresa immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s to me...

Just when we were preparing to write about him, Anthony Riccio left us. He left us at just 69 years old, all of a sudden and without a fuss, which was just his style. Anthony had become a photographer as a child, developing photographic negatives in his house’s bathroom in New Haven, Connecticut. For his whole life, he worked as a librarian at Yale...

The story of Italians in Baton Rouge stretches like a parade route across the city. The perfume of olive oil and garlic-infused tomato gravy signals proximity to an Italian kitchen where the coveted recipes came from the old country to this new place where immigrants landed, joining family members who came before them. Accompanied by devout faith a...

Have you ever been to Italy and had your heart stolen? And have you ever wondered what it would be like to own your own property in Italy? A piece of paradise with your name on it? I imagine the answer is a big fat “SI.” You would be one of millions of dreamers who think the same thing, but many do not take that first step to making their dream of...

Executive chef Raffaele Spadavecchia specializes in pasta at Brooklyn’s Scottadito Osteria Toscana restaurant, but, like other chefs who competed on Food Network’s Chopped TV show, he was handed incongrous ingredients and told, figuratively, to make wine out of water. Spadavecchia made it to the show’s final round after creating an appetizer with u...

Before the days of TV, internet and other distractions, many women spent time sewing and mending clothing, making lace, cross stitching, embroidering, crocheting, and doing various other needlework. I am lucky to have had a very creative family, that includes tailors, seamstresses and those who knit, crochet, and embroider. From the time my mom tau...

As part of a study on how different cultures impact their daily lives, students in the fourth grade at Independence Leadership academy have been exploring the Sicilian roots that still run deeply in a number of communities in Central Tangipahoa Parish and especially Independence, which at one time had earned the unofficial title of “Little Italy.”...

Join the Cleveland Italian Ancestry Organization (CIAO) on Saturday, March 19, 2022 for a virtual, all-day session exploring different topics related to Italian genealogy.  Whether you’re just starting out with your Italian family history research, or you’ve been doing it for years, you will learn something new from attending this webinar. National...

It was Mrs. Sargent’s admiration for the Italian work ethic that encouraged Sargent & Co. to recruit Italian men to come to New Haven to work for the hardware manufacturer. When the immigrants arrived in New Haven from Ellis Island, those who were conscripted to work at Sargent, which was located on Water Street in a large multibuilding complex, we...