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Viggo Mortensen has revealed people believe he actually has Italian ancestry after seeing him play Tony “Lip” Vallelonga in the film “Green Book.” In his first interview since Green Book took home the Oscar for Best Picture, the Hollywood Reporter asked Mortensen what has been the most rewarding part about his performance. “I have had quite a few I...

The morning after their family's South Chicago pizzeria burned down, Len and Lena Ciannamea went back to visit. As they surveyed the charred remains of Capri’s on Commercial, longtime customers slowed down in their cars and snapped pictures. Social media flooded with messages hailing the restaurant, first opened in 1955, as a staple of their lives....

During the 1960s and 1970s, the name Fazio’s was synonymous with grocery shopping in Northeast Ohio. The opening of a new store in Northeast Ohio was greeted with newspaper articles extolling the European flavors in Fazio’s bakery departments, gourmet specialties from around the world and large produce department. At the height of his grocery store...

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most magical place in the world. Of course, all tourists do it: Rome has a way to steal people’s heart as soon as they set foot in her streets and I still have to meet someone who visited and left without lo...

Do you want to try your hand at classical Italian theatre?  DC's own commedia dell'arte troupe, Faction of Fools, will host a training session on Sunday, March 24th from 10am-4pm.  This session is open to actors and students of all experience levels, and will introduce the art of commedia. This class will be held in the Elstad Theater at Gallaudet...

When Gary’s on Spring, the upscale restaurant in the Irish Hill neighborhood, closed last February, it was a surprise to most and a disappointment to its regular customers. Now there are plans in the works for a new restaurant to open in the space, located at S. 204 Spring St.: Palatucci’s Italian America Ristorante. According to a post on the busi...

“Gente italiana nel mondo. Storie e scritture”. E' questo il titolo del convegno promosso dal centro studi “Joseph Tusiani”, ospitato il 14 marzo nella biblioteca comunale di San Marco In Lamis, con la partecipazione dei maggiori specialisti del settore e di alcuni scrittori: Cosma Siani, Rodolfo Di Biasio, Francesco Durante, Alberto Sorbini e Mart...

Dionisio Cimarelli, Sculptor/Professor, was honored by the Art Students League of New York this past week, when it placed a large image of one of his sculptures at its main entrance, joining a display of other renowned Artist/Faculty members. The Art Students League is a legendary 140 year old art institution on West 57 Street, that is famous for a...

Franco Contaldo knows there’s an easy way to ruin a good Italian dish. “People use too much garlic,” he said. “You want to taste it, but you don’t want it to overpower everything else.” When he makes pesto, he doesn’t even put garlic in it. Before you think him a madman, give his Pesto Delicato recipe at the end of this article a try, and have a lo...

The Cultural Italian American Organization of Auburn will host its annual St. Joseph's Day Feast Celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Fleming. Brought to the U.S. by immigrants from southern Italy, the celebration includes a traditional table dinner with Italian antipasto, romaine/oranges salad, garlic...

Forza! Italy’s own way to show support and invite to hold on when things get difficult, is one little powerful word. And powerful is, indeed, the right term, as “forza” means strength in English. From an etymological point of view, the word comes the Late Latin fortia (which is turn derives from the Classical Latin adjective fortis) and came into u...

Billed as an Italian coffee bar, the family-run place started as a food truck and opened its brick-and-mortar location last year in a former bank building along the busy stretch of W. Market Street. There's a lot of pride here, as the great-grandparents of the founders came to Akron from Favara (Sicily), Italy, in 1913. Family photos hang throughou...