It’s no coincidence that National Pizza Month falls in October, a month that the US celebrates Italian-American Heritage. The ritual of pizza-making (along with pasta and sauce making) is much more important than a means to satisfy hunger — it’s a link to our past and a patrimony to pass down to future generations.  When we bake, we also lose our w...

Sicily is a treasure chest to discover, any time of year. From the Baroque cathedrals of Palermo to the temples of Agrigento and Segesta, from the splendid blue flag beaches of eastern Sicily to the marvellous mosaics of Piazza Armerina, not to mention the dreamy islands that dot the seas with which it is surrounded. Sicily is the largest island in...

A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without at least a glance around you at the  architecture. Look closely (or perhaps not even that closely) and you’ll find an incredibly varied range of architectural styles. In Venice, there’s the byzantine Basilica of Saint Mark with its intricately decorated golden facade. Travel slightly further south to Emi...

"Nebraska: where the West begins" was a tourism slogan referring to the fact that the Cornhusker State (the name comes from the way corn, the state's main product, was commonly harvested, by "husking" it by hand) occupies the central portion of the Frontier Strip, that unbroken border line that bisects the United States from north to south, startin...

A tiny, darkened hallway tucked away at Kidcity children’s museum leads to a new and cozy, wondrous room that evokes a piazza in Melilli, Sicily, just before dusk. A faux marble fountain of dolphins leaping high into the air seem frozen in time as the smell of coffee wafts from a cafe in the corner, and royal green handkerchiefs, scattered on the s...

Join us on Friday, October 21 at 6 pm at our townhouse at 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY to screen Michael Cavalieri’s new film, La Porta dell'Inferno. The Award-winning Actor/Writer/Director of Ritornato will join us for a conversation after the screening to talk about what inspired him to make this film, his second set in Sicily. RSVP today. Co...

The enduring ubiquity of the Italian-American dish chicken Marsala ensures that, for many Americans, Marsala is a household name. It also means that Marsala is often categorically relegated to the ranks of cooking wine — an unfair station to occupy in perpetuity for something as unique, versatile, and delicious as Marsala. Marsala is a fortified wi...

Palermo is a beautiful city in Sicily that, every year, thousands of tourists fall in love with: famous for its artistic and cultural beauties and for its street food based on typical Sicilian products, the city preserves a more unique than rare village. We are talking about Borgo Parrini, a hamlet of Partinico (just outside Palermo), a village ins...

It’s an episode 250 conversations in the making! This week, the Italian American Podcast marks its 250th episode, and we certainly have a lot to celebrate as we kick off another Italian American Heritage Month! We discuss John and Dolores’s recent trip to Sicily, where they experienced the island in ways few Americans ever get the chance to experie...

Among the contributions to improving the condition and reputation of Italians in America that are wrongly less remembered is unfortunately still that of Sicilian physician Vincenzo Sellaro, co-founder of the first Italian hospital in America and Ordine dei Figli d'Italia in America (now the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America). The Sicilia...