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Anthony ‘A1’ Marsella fell into the sport by chance, “boxing was never part of the plan” says the 22 year old Rhode Islander. It began as a desire to be able to defend himself. He went to the gym a couple of times but wasn’t really interested. After going to a local show he was inspired to try again and agreed to enter a local tournament, “I said y...

On the 4th of July, it’s important to remember that a key stone in the foundation of our country’s understanding of democracy was put in place by none other than an Italian by the name of Filippo Mazzei. Born just outside of Florence in 1730, Mazzei practiced medicine in Italy and the Middle East for several years, before moving to London to take u...

We’ve talked about “italsimpatia” often in this column, yet this is the first time we’ve stopped to appreciate it in the media, in this instance on the online streaming service by production company Netflix. Master of None is unique in the italianità of the second season’s trailer: set to Peppino di Capri’s “Il nostro concerto,” it opens in black a...

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy, in part, lies with one man who had a very unique friendship with him: Edward Gero who plays Scalia in “The Originalist,” which returns July 7 to Arena Stage.“I feel myself, in a way, representing the legacy of Scalia and all those great characteristics that he had as an intellectual, as a love...

While most major airlines have long poured Champagne in business class and Air France dabbles with it in economy departing from the United States, sparkling wine has rarely been seen on major US airlines. So it was surprising to see a 187-ml. bottle of Avissi Prosecco, it on its inaugural voyage on 1 June, on a trip to New York. The fact that steer...

Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini was born on April 16, 1924, in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland. He grew up near Pittsburgh, in the steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. At the young age of 12 years old, his parents were able to afford giving young Henry private piano lessons. After graduating from high school in 1942, Mancini attende...

One of the more intriguing questions about the U.S. Nationals psych sheets has been answered: Italian national Mitch D’Arrigo will be transitioning his sports citizenship to the United States for this summer. He won’t be able to make the switch in time for the World Championships, but could earn a spot on the United States World University Games ro...

I couldn’t wait to read a new book called Dinner with DiMaggio by Dr. Rock Positano. The author is a New York podiatrist I consulted in the early 1990s for an excruciating heel injury I got from jogging on the sidewalks of New York. A specialist in non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, Dr. Positano said I had plantar fasciitis, a commo...

At the Summer Fancy Food Show that was held in New York this week, Italian juice company Oranfrizer launched its Mongibello blood orange juice. This Not From Concentrate (NFC) juice is made in Italy and exported from the slopes of the Etna volcano, providing consumers with a speciality of the Mediterranean diet. Three varieties of blood oranges are...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) mourns the sudden passing of Alfred Rotondaro, the former executive director of NIAF, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a leading figure in the Italian American community. “On behalf of our Board of Directors and our entire NIAF family, I can say this is a loss that is being felt...

One of the most consequential art news stories of 2015 was the appointment by the Italian Ministry of Culture of 20 new museum directors leading institutions as large as the Uffizi in Florence and Capodimonte in Naples to smaller places like the Paestum Archaeological Park and National Gallery of the Marche in Urbino. When the appointment process s...

Il noto critico d’arte internazionale Francesco Bonami nel suo ultimo libro L’arte nel cesso: da Duchamp a Cattelan, ascesa e declino dell’arte contemporanea, nella maniera provocatoria che lo contraddistingue, afferma che l’arte contemporanea è ormai arrivata al capolinea, proprio, con il “cesso a 18 carati” dell’italiano Maurizio Cattelan, espost...