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"In Italia siamo grandi, qui dei nani. Dobbiamo crescere, è il mercato ad imporcelo". Francesco Zonin - vicepresidente della casa vinicola vicentina e responsabile commerciale – non ha dubbi.   Il mercato statunitense offre al vino italiano grandi soddisfazioni ma le regole del gioco qui sono profondamente diverse, anzitutto dal punto di vis...

Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time — period, no parenthesis or qualification, the kind of actor who creates icons like Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway.   But for younger filmgoers today, this screen acting legend may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies....

An Italian-American's attempts to pronounce a classic Great British sauce has left close to a million YouTube viewers in stitches. Pasquale Sciarappa, 75, of New Jersey, started uploading his recipe videos to YouTube in 2008 - wanting his passion for cooking to be experienced by the world, and not just his family.   Read more   Sourc...

Umberto Eco's "Numero Zero," a best-seller in the novelist's native Italy, will come out in the U.S. this fall. On Monday, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced a Nov. 3 release date for Eco's story of a ghostwriter in Milan caught up in an underworld of crime and conspiracy. Eco is known for his complex plots, and his publisher said the latest...

By Serena Cosmo A recent email got me humming Louis Armstrong's "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." It was from a friend asking me to refer him to a winning fettuccine Alfredo recipe. Intent on romancing his lovely bride, he was looking for a delicious version of this creamy pasta dish and thought of me, he explained, because I am Italian....

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors recently voted to create a special one-time NIAF Emanuele and Emilia Inglese Memorial Grant of $100,000 to support the "Save the Saint" restoration project by the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano. "It is our hope that this grant will serve as a leadership gift to encourage...

On April 23, 1960, Nancy and Andrew Bertinelli welcomed their only daughter, Valerie, to the world. Andrew was an executive at General Motors and his family moved around quite a bit during his children's childhood. When Valerie was 11, the family relocated to Los Angeles. While on the playground at her new school, she befriended another young girl...

by Melissa D'Arabian   Classic holiday dishes usually are fattier, sweeter and heavier than our normal fare, so when a traditional dish actually is healthy without any tweaks, that's something to celebrate, indeed! So if cioppino isn't somewhere on your holiday menu, let's change that.   Cioppino is a tomato-based fish stew tha...

Former Ramsey mayor Richard Muti's fourth book "Essays for my Father: A legacy of passion, politics, and patriotism in small-town America" has been named a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category.   "Essays for my Father" is a collection of Muti's essays about Chris Christie and Jersey-style politics, unne...

by Naomi O'Leary   Amanda Knox, the American student who became tabloid fodder, will not be in court on Thursday to hear Italian judges give their verdict in her retrial for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher when the two were roommates studying abroad in 2007.   Knox, who is living in Seattle, is standing trial alongside her Itali...

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride on receiving the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations. Anita will accept the award at a ceremony on May 10 in the historic Great Hall at Ellis Island, New York.   A former assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First...

Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of La Bohème , the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mimì, airs on Great Performances at the Met on Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m.   Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed...