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You grew up in New York City, your mom is a famous cookbook editor, and your dad is a talented home cook, right? “My parents definitely played into my career choice! My mother and father were always cooking. They generally didn’t cook together: Dad would make traditional Italian-American and Chinese food as a hobby, and my mother was all about the ...

More than a decade ago, a report surfaced that Paramount intended to develop a Teddy Roosevelt biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. The year was 2006, and, at that point, Scorsese and DiCaprio had collaborated a mere three times over the previous five years: in 2002’s Gangs of New York, 2004’s The Aviator, and 2006’s T...

It's kind of like "The View" meets "The Sopranos." Real estate broker David Madrid, opera singer Tony La Stella, and mother of three Marzia Menegon are Northwest Italian Radio. "It's like we're around the table, talking with friends," Marzia said. "We've had people tell us after our show, they're hungry," David said. It was his idea. Tony is the pr...

In occasione del Columbus Day 2017, l’associazione MamApulia, in collaborazione con l AIAE - The Association of Italian American Educators, lancerà un gioco multimediale che vede come protagonista Cristoforo Colombo, il più famoso navigatore della storia. Il percorso ludico-educativo è rivolto a bambini che studiano l'italiano come seconda lingua n...

In the fall of 1451 in Genoa, Italy, a man was born who would later discover America — Christopher Columbus. The eldest of five children, he and one of his younger brothers, Bartholomew, sometimes helped their father, a wool weaver, by carding raw wool. But even at a young age, Christopher kept his eyes on the sea and knew in his heart that the day...

The collective impulse to tear down statues and rename buildings to meet modern sensibilities is growing stronger by the day. Earlier this month a statue of Christopher Columbus in New York’s Central Park was vandalized with graffiti that read “hate will not be tolerated” and a creepy warning that “#somethingscoming.” The following day, protesters...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces the resignation of John M. Viola, president and chief operating officer of NIAF, effective December 31, 2017. The NIAF Board has begun a search for Viola’s successor. “John Viola’s leadership of NIAF connected the successor generation with its Italian culture, heritage and values,” said NIAF...

For nearly 2,000 years, writers have memorialized their love affair with Rome, helping us vicariously experience the Eternal City in travelogues, journals and memoirs. Two easy-to-read memoirs out in paperback are Anthony Doerr’s “Four Seasons in Rome” and Ann Patty’s “Living with a Dead Language.” Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize f...

It’s been three years since Jeanne Lamon retired as music director of Toronto’s illustrious Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The new kahuna is Elisa Citterio, a hot-shot Italian violinist who makes her debut this week as the orchestra’s director with A Joyous Welcome, an appropriately titled program that not only opens Tafelmusik’s 2017-18 season, but...

About nine months ago I received an email from Lou Del Bianco telling me that he was looking for a publisher to publish the story of his family’s 25-year fight to gain recognition for his late grandfather Luigi Del Bianco, who they believed was the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore.  I read the email and was intrigued. I had remembered interviewing Lo...

A History of Italian Cinema, 2nd edition is the much anticipated update from the author of the bestselling Italian Cinema – which has been published in four landmark editions and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018. Building upon decades of research, Peter Bondanella and Federico Pacchioni reorganize the current History in order to keep the...

Pizza, pasta, mozzarella, burrata, parmesan, gelato, limoncello. Once you think you have conquered every type of mouthwatering Italian food, there is another to sample. Is there an end to the country's delicious fare? We sincerely hope not. So, how can the rest of us adopt some of the core philosophies of Italian cooking - fresh local ingredients a...