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The most amusing thing about this title is that Massimo Bottura is lean (although I wouldn't call him skinny), Italian and a chef.   He is also one of the most amusing and interesting chefs I've ever had the pleasure to meet: open-minded, passionate about what he does and well-informed about a range of subjects (among other things, we talked...

By Joe Cannavo   This month's surname column continues with surnames that start with the letter "C," but with a slightly different twist. Since October is the month that Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus Day and it is the month officially recognized as Italian Heritage Month, this month's column features an array of given names and surnam...

By Caitlin Brody   You know how they say America is the land of opportunity? The Italian-born actor Lorenzo Richelmy, 24, knows it to be true. He had just landed in the U.S. for the very first time when he learned that he won the lead in Netflix's drama Marco Polo, premiering this December: "I was in the Philadelphia airport, and the moment...

One of the leading auto and van rental companies in North America, Avis Budget Group Inc., has agreed to purchase the Maggiore Group, one of largest vehicle rental companies in Italy. According to Chelsey Dulaney of The Wall Street Journal, the deal is worth $170 million. In the report from Dulaney, the Avis Budget Group will be looking to, "launc...

With her affinity for bossa nova, jazz singer Gretchen Parlato is often asked if she's Brazilian, to which she replies, "No, I am very proud of my Italian-American heritage." In fact, the award-winning vocalist represents not two, but three generations of Italian-American jazz artists. Her grandfather Charlie Parlato was a veteran trumpeter of the...

Cousins and best friends, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille travel the country on a culinary adventure for their travel lifestyle and food show "Pizza Masters" on The Cooking Channel. The hosts of the show own Artichoke Pizza in New York City and Berkley, Calif., and grew up in a fourth-generation restaurant family.   Together they travel...

by Nancy Casas   The Italian influenced visual celebration entitled ItaliaNY by Alexo Wandael – aka Alessandro Cacopardo - is being hosted in Santa Monica by the non-profit organization Building Bridges Art Exchange. With Peroni, Italy's number one beer as a sponsor, ItaliaNY was not only showcased in New York but also has expanded to Miami...

by Natascia Ronchetti   Parmigiano Reggiano is finding more and more space as a top product among the large American supermarket chains. The consortium under which a number of Italian Parmigiano Reggiano producers are organized just signed an agreement with Whole Foods, one of the most important American high-end retail chains.   Than...

ONE VOICE relies on people like you throughout the year—to take action on critical issues, to provide urgent funding for essential projects, and to share our story with your friends and family.   Now, we are counting on you to share your input on our 2014 priorities and agenda. We really value your opinion, so I hope you will take a few minu...

by Nick Vivarelli   New York-based digital distribution network Emerging Pictures and Italy's film promotional org. Istituto Luce-Cinecittà have partnered on "Cinema Made In Italy," which will provide U.S. digital distribution and marketing support to five high-profile Italian titles, starting with Paolo Sorrentino's foreign-language Oscar c...

By Andy Vineberg Beppe Gambetta laughs when asked about Italian food in America. "It's getting better," the native of Genoa, Italy, says diplomatically by telephone last week while vacationing with his wife, Federica, and her parents in the Italian Alps, near the Swiss border.   "A big amount of Italian food I eat, I cook myself." ...

By Giovanni di Napoli The bagpipes are an ancient instrument, dating back thousands of years; they're even mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 4:21).   Here in America we normally associate the bagpipes with the Irish and Scottish, who have a long and storied tradition with this wonderful instrument. However, many Americans, even those of Itali...