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...

Italian-American Heritage Month is celebrated in October to honor the contributions of Italian immigrants and their families to our country. Many of the neighborhoods they settled in are still very much holding onto the culture. Like a true Italian, Carmine Gangone graciously welcomed CBS2 into his family’s “second home” — Carmine and Son’s. “My da...

The Italian Enclaves Historical Society's founder, Raymond Guarini, has garnered support from FIAO (Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, Ltd.) and the local district's councilman, Justin Brannan, to have Dyker Heights' 13th Avenue designated as an official Little Italy historic district. Guarini started a petition on Change.org...

One of the quintessential aspects of any Italian Enclave’s summer is the feast.  The smell of zeppole, reminiscing with old friends and the traditional Italian songs and hymns are all beloved aspects of summer and links us to our storied traditions in the Italian American community.  For many, these feasts are anticipated all year and it is hard to...

The owners of Nannie Franco's Pizza decided to remove the mural of former mayor Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia from the side of their building. As their new project is being funded by online fund-seeking to replace the mural, we would like to step in and make a suggestion to paint a mural of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini, the saint of immigrants, is...

Yesterday the IABF along with Italian Enclaves donated and delivered thousands of surgical mask and gloves to several Brooklyn hospitals, police precincts, Fire Houses, EMT’s and nursing homes. Proceeds for this donation came from our recent GoFundMe campaign. Thanks to our good friend Ray Guarini for his help in initiating this campaign and delive...

Ciao from Rome on lockdown to all the friends of We the Italians. Good morning everyone, I hope you're alright, as well as your families and friends. This is the second editorial I write in quarantine. These are difficult times for everyone. Italy and the United States, the two countries to which I belong, those who gave born to We the Italians, th...

The Italian Enclaves Historical Society was created in April of 2019. The organization’s motto is: “making Italian American history every day” by documenting the people, places and things that showcase Italian culture in the United States in the twenty-first century. As over six million Italians migrated to the United States between the mid 1800’s...

Please help make Italian American History by preserving the memory of every Italian neighborhood/enclave in America. This campaign will help fund the development of our website to allow for the listing of each Italian neighborhood in America with corresponding historical and contemporary photos including the businesses and traditions that have exis...