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"Tarocco blood oranges are in from Sicily, Italy", says Kara Wilson with John Vena Produce, Inc. They are grown on the volcanic plain of Mt. Etna, where the fertile soil gives the oranges their deep color and unique flavor.   "Tarocco oranges contain the highest level of vitamin C of any orange variety in the world with a medium size providi...

What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment. Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fort...

by Scott Timberg   Few musicians were ever as popular, influential, complicated, or dangerous as Frank Sinatra. Between landmark albums like "Songs for Young Lovers" and "In the Wee Small Hours," his movie acting ("From Here to Eternity," "The Man with the Golden Arm," "The Manchurian Candidate"), his marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Fa...

Zia Assunta se lo ricorda ancora, quel ragazzone grande e grosso che vent'anni fa arrivò sotto il sole di Rimini per scoprire profumi e sapori fino a quel giorno soltanto immaginati durante i racconti dei nonni. "Lavorava alla base Nato di Vicenza, venne qui in vacanza con moglie e figli. Voleva conoscere le sue origini".   Oggi, il generale...

Eating genuine, authentic Italian food can be a struggle when you are not in Italy. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, but also, alas, one of the most imitated. Mind, the quality of food and ingredients in restaurants, as well as the respect of the country's culinary tradition, is an issue also in Italy: we, too, ha...

Google Food Trends highlights the top 5 top themes of 2016. There's a growing interest for pasta recipes, as consumers are making pasta dishes at home Who better than Google can study user considerations and intentions? With billions of queries typed into the search bar, the giant of Mountain View can compile top searches, and render a strong repr...

Attributed to NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso   "On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors, we are deeply saddened by the passing of James J. Schiro, one of our former distinguished board members, gala honoree, and former CEO of Zurich Financial Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers. We extend our heartfe...

Cinematic sweep was the backdrop for Jeep, a century of wisdom for Dodge and risque humor for Fiat - the three Super Bowl commercials from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. unit.   They were among a small but strong group of auto ads during the big game. "I'm surprised how well the auto ads did compared to the competition," said Mike Berna...

Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, better known as Frankie Valli, was born on May 3, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three children born to barber and model train designer Anthony Castelluccio and homemaker Mary Rinaldi. When he was seven his mother took him into New York City to see up-and-coming artist Frank Sinatra. The show cha...

by Serena Perfetto   "Being Italian-American in New York, I am very proud of my heritage. It's something I have great pride in and I'm a little emotional, knowing how proud my father and grandfather would be if they could see me here."   It was 2002 when Mike Piazza shared this thought in an interview to the Associated Press during hi...

by Lee Langley   Imagine you're an unknown young writer whose first collection of stories wins the Pulitzer prize. Your first novel is filmed, your second is shortlisted for the Man Booker and your next collection of stories goes straight to No.1 in the New York Timesbestseller list, while prizes and honours are showered on you.   Mig...

During this holiday season, why not take some time to document your family history? It's something I did with my own parents and I'm glad I did. I will cherish it forever and I can pass it on to my son and he can share it with his children someday. My parents are Italian immigrants and they both had remarkable stories to tell. In November...