Until recently, Joe Avati never thought of himself as a “real comic.”  This bout of self-deprecation probably comes as something of a surprise to the Italo-Australian’s legion of devoted fans, who many years ago dubbed him the “Italian Seinfeld!” Avati’s signature “clean style” of comedy and his laser-sharp insight into the minds of Italians around...

It’s said that Heaven touches Brooklyn, New York, every July… and if you know Brooklyn like we do, then you know that celestial poke occurs at the famed Festa del Giglio at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, and you also know the passionate pastor there! This week we sit down with the one-and-only Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello who, beyond his job as th...

Family is the cornerstone of our life as Italian Americans, but what happens when one member of the family is diagnosed with a serious illness? That’s just one of the topics we cover with this week’s guest, Dr. Benedict Albensi, Ph. D., BCMAS, CRQM. Dr. Albensi is a professor and chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at Nova Southeaste...

Are you guilty of crimes against Italian food? A recent YouGov survey that polled 20,000 people across 17 different countries decided that Italian cuisine was the most beloved on earth… but also established a list of alleged “Italian Food Crimes” that might trip up even the most passionate Italian American, let alone the first-time visitor to “il B...

We’re back for the second half of our incredible conversation with Ian MacAllen, the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American, as we continue our quest to understand the evolution of “Red Sauce Italian,” that unique cuisine born of the melding of Southern Italian tastes and American abundance. This week, in Part 2, we’ll take the conve...

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...