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by Mario Angotta   An Italian-American man who didn't want to be named was ejected from a Major League Baseball game because he was intoxicated and Italian, with a video of the incident being posted on Social Media. The video, which was posted on Sunday night, shows the staff member telling the baseball fan he was being thrown out becau...

Lady Gaga is keeping the mic aside to help her father, Joe Germanotta, with the release of an Italian cookbook. The book will be titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant, and is inspired by the 30-year-old singer's family restaurant in New York. The book is named after the "Bad Romance" hitmak...

Growing up, I was always told I was a rebel. People would say things like, "You're defiant," and "Why are you dressed that way?" But I continued to do what I wanted and wear what I wanted—because, clearly I haven't changed. For a long time, though, there was a shame that I carried with me.   I'm an Italian Catholic—I grew up with a lot of gu...

With Christmas just around the corner, The Local spoke to some Italians to find out what Christmas is really about for them. An Italian Christmas is a mixture of centuries-old regional traditions and more modern touches, often with a slight American influence. But at the heart of the holiday for most Italians is the idea of celebrating the bir...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC), an anti-defamation group that includes multiple Italian American organizations, expressed dismay and disgust with the airing of the recent AFLAC commercial, depicting the kidnapping of the iconic AFLAC Duck by characters that are clearly meant to portray Italian Americans in a bad light.   "T...

"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...