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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...

In a nutshell: Visiting Southern Italy can change a person. There's the unforgettable landscape, the incredibly welcoming people, and the rustic cuisine that features remarkable desserts. The memory of these experiences and sensations linger long after returning home, and can inspire home cooks to try to recreate the flavors of tarts, ice creams an...

Scholarships will be available to college students through the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and cultural grants since its founding in 1976.   Since NIAF's inception 38 years ago, the scholarship program has grown from four scholarsh...

di Giovanna Mancini   La cucina italiana, si sa, gode di grande fama e prestigio negli Stati Uniti, che ne apprezzano i sapori, la fantasia, ma anche l'aspetto salutistico di molti suoi ingredienti e combinazioni. E ora, grazie a un'azienda padovana, anche gli animali domestici d'Oltreocaeno potranno apprezzare il cibo «made in Italy» e sano...

di Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi   Ormai è lapalissiano ricordare quanto i social media abbiano cambiato il modo in cui interagiamo e comunichiamo. Il linguaggio si è impoverito e gradualmente viene sovvertito da quei graziosi e giocosi simboli chiamati Emoticon. Non c'è più la necessità di svelare le proprie sensazioni direttamente, quando ci si...

by Marco Bruna   There was a time when the Italian film industry was an example of what movies should look like, a time when Cinecittà made the history of world cinema. Last year, the celebrations for Paolo Sorrentino's Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty reminded us of that golden age, and today we proudly praise the selection of Pa...

Annette Funicello was born on October 22, 1942, in Utica, New York to Virginia and Joseph – both Italian Americans. When she was four years old, her family relocated to Southern California. Annette grew up with a love of dancing and entertaining.   When she was just 12 years old she was cast as the lead in a local production of the ballet Sw...

On September 26, 2015 the Country Assembly will hold its proceedings at the Embassy of Italy in Washington and will be called to elect two regional members for the United States on the occasion of the renewal of the Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all'Estero (CGIE).   The CGIE is the body representing Italian communities abroad across all...

by Cookie Curci Christian legend has it that La Befana was approached by the magi (the biblical three kings) a few days before Christ's birth. They asked for directions to where the baby Jesus was, but she did not know. She provided them with shelter for a night, as she was considered the best housekeeper in the village with the most pleasant home...