Once in a long while, a book comes along and immediately qualifies as a “must have” in the Italian American home library. In Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American, author Ian MacAllen has created one of those books! In this rollicking two-part episode, we’re joined by this proud Italian American writer as he leads us in an exploration of the...

For countless Italian Americans, many of the best-loved hallmarks of our distinct culture are intrinsically tied to Catholic tradition.  Even for those who have let their personal practice lapse, or for others who come from different religious backgrounds, recollections of a special feast day in the old neighborhood, or holiday traditions rooted in...

Of the more than 20 million Americans with Italian roots, approximately 87 percent are of Southern Italian origin.  This massive dispora from Italy’s south has made southern Italian cuisine, culture and traditions into familiar aspects of Italian American life; yet the wealth of classical music originating in the Italian south has remained a myster...

San Diego was a perfect start to our West Coast trip. But today, we're heading up to Los Angeles. No, not Hollywood. Not yet anyway. Instead, we're making a stop by a historic and special little town known as San Pedro. Join John, Rossella and Pat as they literally eat their way through America's NEWEST Little Italy. From the historic restaurants,...

With 20 titles to her credit, Adriana Trigiani is one of Italian America’s most profound and authentic voices. This week, she joins us to celebrate the launch of her latest book, “The Good Left Undone,” a generational story that will easily secure a place of honor in anyone’s Italian American book collection upon its release on April 26. Adriana te...

This week we’re jumping back into the second part of our two-part episode exploring the 50-year relationship between the Italian American community and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather”, with a commercial-free conclusion to this well-received conversation. Since its premiere in March of 1972, The Godfather has been considered one of the most i...

It is considered one of the most influential films of all time, a critical and commercial success, the winner of the 1972 Academy Award for Best Picture, selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and ranked as the second-greatest film in American cinematic history by the American Film Institute… and fo...

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked and horrified onlookers around the world, and has brought us closer to the brink of a global conflagration than most observers ever imagined possible in an interconnected and globalized society. This week’s guest is His Eminence Archbishop Lorenzo Casati, the archbishop of Palermo and All Italy and Metrop...

Imagine Elizabeth Bettina Nicolosi’s surprise when she discovered that her grandmother’s Italian village had a secret: over a half century ago, in the southern Italian town of Campagna, countless residents defied the occupying Nazis and risked their lives to shelter and save hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. What followed her discovery became an...

Around here, we’ve become pretty adept at recognizing the symptoms of an Italian American obsession… and this week’s guest can easily be diagnosed within a few moments of first meeting him! Ray Guarini is the founder and driving force behind Italian Enclaves, an immensely popular Italian American social media platform on which Ray has set out to id...