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by Dan Meyers   Mario Francesco Batali was born in 1960 in Seattle and spent his high school years studying in Madrid before attending Rutgers University. He threw himself headfirst into the culinary world after college, and before long he was head chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, and soon after that he opened his first restaurant i...

by Jenny Anderson   After working as head chef at Noma, the famed two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Dan Guisti is taking on an even bigger challenge: school lunches in America.   Giusti, an Italian-American born in New Jersey, founded a for-profit food service company called Brigaid that hopes to work with school districts a...

by OSIA   We are petitioning for an official Capital luncheon and White House evening reception in recognition and endorsement of Columbus Day and the contributions of the 25 million Americans of Italian descent. With our holiday consistently under attack, we are asking the White House to rededicate the Presidency to both the holiday and to...

The Italian restaurant is a pillar of the twenty-first century American dining scene, but it's easy to forget that Italian cooking goes way beyond pizza and Parmigiana. Traditional Italian cuisine is largely Mediterranean in character, making ample use of such ingredients as citrus, olives, herbs, grains and greens, and seafood, as well as all thos...

Rep. Tim Ryan apologized Friday after using the term "dago red wine" in a televised MSNBC interview earlier this week.   Ryan and host Chris Matthews were discussing his unsuccessful effort to unseat House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi when he used the derogatory term for Italians as he described class differences among Democrats.  ...

New facilities and equipment investments drive LiDestri Foods' operations in Rochester, NY, and Fresno, CA. Last year, LiDestri also made a major investment in its Fresno, CA, plant by becoming as Davis believes "the first in North America" to be able to fill and package low-acid, retorted, spouted pouches using robotic retort loading and unlo...

Blackstone (BX) acquired a 20% stake in Versace on Thursday in a cash and stock deal that values the Italian designer at one billion euros ($1.37B).   The New York-based private-equity giant will inject 150 million euros of fresh capital in Versace and acquire 60 million euros worth of stock from family holding company GIVI Holding SPA. Blac...

È lodevole, perfino originale, l'idea (come si legge nell'ultimo articolo di Maurita Cardone riguardo all'Italian Trade Agency di Chicago) di aprire una breccia americana all'editoria italiana legata a temi del Sud; alle Voci dal Sud.   "Sud" comunque ci piace ben poco: è retorico, dolciastro, ha un che di teatrale; è assai poco italiano. Pe...

Janice Mancuso is on a mission to education Americans about Italian and Italian American history. In 2006, Mancuso created "Thirty-One Days of Italians," a website that every October lists an Italian American or Italian each day, who has made an extraordinary contribution to American history. The ongoing project is a labor of love for Mancuso, who...

The Editor, with the consultation and approval of the Yearbook Editorial Board, selects papers to be considered for the Yearbook and commissions or approves other materials. He or she also identifies reviewers, and is responsible for carrying out the peer review process. The Editor and Editorial Board decide on accepting each paper, based upon a su...

by Barbara Gallo Farrell   If you've ever wondered how Wedding Soup got its name or what a "coperto" is, you will find the answers and more in "Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine — Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook," the newest book by chef, author, TV host and restaurateur Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.  ...

President Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met Monday to discuss efforts to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group is capitalizing on political instability to increase its influence. Obama and Mattarella reviewed plans to support a Libyan unity government, Obama told reporters after the meeting i...