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There's little sense in the English-speaking world of an Italian literary tradition that can stand alongside our vastly more substantial understanding of a French or German one.   How did the language of European self-knowledge, of Dante's sacred (or sacred-ish) poetry and Petrarch's secular model collapse into a language largely associated...

After reading a witty, self-deprecating, and insightful New York Times essay by William Alexander, where he details the benefits of learning a second language as an adult, "The Benefits of Failing at French," I decided to come clean on my relationship with learning Italian. It all started when I was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Wisc...

Preserving a knowledge of one's mother tongue is essential to all those Italians who decide, either as a result of need or choice, to move abroad to live. Italy has been, and is still today, a country of emigration.   The Directorate General for Italians Citizens Abroad and Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks to assis...

by Jo Piazza   A Miami-based businessman is officially this week's fanciest flyer. Gino Bertuccio has become the first passenger to fly in what has been dubbed "the world's most expensive and exclusive" airline seat— the Residence, a "penthouse in the sky" on Etihad Airways that costs $21,000.   Bertuccio's trip marked the inaugu...

by Brittany Spanos   For the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, Lady Gaga belted out a gorgeous medley of songs from the film at the 2015 Oscars. Clad in white and accompanied by a string section, Gaga sang four tracks from the film and musical's soundtrack — "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mount...

"Tarocco blood oranges are in from Sicily, Italy", says Kara Wilson with John Vena Produce, Inc. They are grown on the volcanic plain of Mt. Etna, where the fertile soil gives the oranges their deep color and unique flavor.   "Tarocco oranges contain the highest level of vitamin C of any orange variety in the world with a medium size providi...

What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment. Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fort...

by Scott Timberg   Few musicians were ever as popular, influential, complicated, or dangerous as Frank Sinatra. Between landmark albums like "Songs for Young Lovers" and "In the Wee Small Hours," his movie acting ("From Here to Eternity," "The Man with the Golden Arm," "The Manchurian Candidate"), his marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Fa...

Zia Assunta se lo ricorda ancora, quel ragazzone grande e grosso che vent'anni fa arrivò sotto il sole di Rimini per scoprire profumi e sapori fino a quel giorno soltanto immaginati durante i racconti dei nonni. "Lavorava alla base Nato di Vicenza, venne qui in vacanza con moglie e figli. Voleva conoscere le sue origini".   Oggi, il generale...

Eating genuine, authentic Italian food can be a struggle when you are not in Italy. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, but also, alas, one of the most imitated. Mind, the quality of food and ingredients in restaurants, as well as the respect of the country's culinary tradition, is an issue also in Italy: we, too, have...

Google Food Trends highlights the top 5 top themes of 2016. There's a growing interest for pasta recipes, as consumers are making pasta dishes at home Who better than Google can study user considerations and intentions? With billions of queries typed into the search bar, the giant of Mountain View can compile top searches, and render a strong repr...

Attributed to NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso   "On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors, we are deeply saddened by the passing of James J. Schiro, one of our former distinguished board members, gala honoree, and former CEO of Zurich Financial Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers. We extend our heartfe...