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Francis Ford Coppola signed on to direct The Godfather when he was just 29 years old. The film centers on a fictional Sicilian crime family in New York City and Coppola knew nothing about the Mafia, but he did understand Italian-American culture and tradition — and he was determined to avoid stereotypes.   Released in 1972, The Godfather wen...

by Christina Mildred Horn   When WWII broke out, the Italians fought for America. This was how John Rotunda, our father and grandfather, respectively, always began the story of our family s connection to the Rotunda Pool in Newark, New Jersey. All families have their tales of relatives, living and dead, that are passed through the generation...

The Sicilian mafia offered to kill Rudy Giuliani for $800,000, the former Mayor of New York has revealed. As the U.S. attorney and mayor of one of the largest cities in the world, Rudy Giuliani made his share of enemies.   "I don't think anybody prosecuted more mafia members than I did," Giuliani recently said on "Oprah: Where Are They...

Europe's largest steel lamination company wants to expand its operations into the United States — and they're going to do it from Paris, Illinois.Euro Group is an Italian industrial holding that supplies electrical steel laminations to the makers of electric motors and generators. Recently, the Milan, Italy-based company purchased the lamination d...

Milwaukee author Paul Salsini has published the fifth in his award-winning fictional series set in Tuscany. In the first novel of this series, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany, terrified villagers were trapped in a farmhouse during WWII. In the second, Sparrow's Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany, a partisan hunted down the collaborator...

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission announce the official call for entries for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition.   Now in its third decade, the annual awards program honours the work of North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian cera...

Italy has been the eternal birthplace of empires intent on conquest. Ancient Rome was a great world empire and had a profound influence on all those who flowed in her wake — just think in terms of architecture, government, and language. But what many people don't know is just how many countries Italy has actually invaded?   Since the Romans,...

An increase in Prosecco sales of more than a third in the US is driving healthy growth in the Italian sparkling wine market, experts have said. Sales have gone up by 35 per cent in North America, while the average price of a bottle has risen by more than 36 per cent to around $12, wine expert Danny Brager said at the launch of Italian wine com...

It was the magic number that the assembled experts at the World Bank impressed most: 72%. That is the follow-up success rate for drug addicts who completed the San Patrignano long-term program. Compare that with US institutions which usually have success rates lower than 30%.   The representatives of San Patrignano in northern Italy came to...

by Rosario A. Iaconis   Are "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" bad for American capitalism? As Sarah Palin might say, "You betcha!" By focusing on a cadre of Wall Street reprobates and venal politicians — in various stages of cocaine-fueled debauchery — directors Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell perpetuate Hollywood's a...

Chrysler Group's "Imported from Detroit" credo adds the midsize 2015 Chrysler 200 to their portfolio of European-based cars.   Built off the foundation of the Italy's Fiat-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 brings a racy new look to the American brand's sedan segment.   Read more   Source: http://...

The American Academy in Rome, with offices based in New York City, is the premier overseas center for independent research in the Arts and Humanities. The Executive Assistant supports the President/CEO and acts as his chief of staff. This is a highly visible position and serves as the hub for all internal and external scheduling. Re...