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By Stefania Spatti   Da Nino Rota a Ennio Morricone, da Nicola Piovani ad Armando Trovajoli. Le grandi colonne sonore italiane sono state protagoniste del concerto Italian Great Movie Classics, ospitato ieri sera dall'Ambasciata d'Italia a Washington.   A rievocare davanti a un folto pubblico la magia del cinema segnato dalle note dei...

By Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey   The tiny storefront on South High Street is back in business—this time as Joe Benny's Focacceria. Owner Joseph Benjamin Gardella, pictured above, is the genial host. Joe, 36, a first-generation Italian American, has long hoped to own a restaurant property.   "I've always loved food," he says, havin...

Cultura italiana nel mondo in primo piano in questa nota dedicata, non ad un artista ma ad un gruppo di studiosi che convinsero il Presidente degli Stati Uniti ad inviare in Europa con le truppe americane anche esperti d'arte che aiutarono a mettere in salvo od a recuperare opere d'arte che i tedeschi consideravano bottino di guerra.   Un'op...

Monica Bellucci heats it up with red at the 2014 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 5) in New York City. The 49-year-old Italian actress was accompanied on the red carpet by handsome dancer Roberto Bolle, who donned flashy gloves.   It was recently announced that Monica has joined the upcoming film Ville-Mari...

La vera forza dei grandi capolavori dell'arte umana, in tutte le sue diverse forme, è data dalla capacità di superare i confini del tempo e dello spazio, suscitando emozioni uniche e facendosi apprezzare anche a distanza di secoli e in tutto il mondo.   Un perfetto esempio del potere immortale dell'arte è stato offerto lo scorso mercoledì 7...

On May 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM, the 21st Sicilian Festival commenced in Little Italy. Soluntos Bakery owner (and former Portocello, Sicily resident) Mario Cefalu first created the fun, free event in 1993 to recreate some of the artistic, musical, and culinary traditions from his home.   Cefalu's first event was small, comprised of only a smal...

Today, Amanda Knox has again hit the news wire with the announcement of her latest request to appeal her murder conviction.   Everything seemed to have quieted down after Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's guilty convictions for their involvement in the murder of Meredith Kercher were confirmed last January 30, 2014. They were each given s...

The Italian American Writers Association presents its Second Saturday Literary Reading (www.iawa.net). For 23 years, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series. The readings are now held at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (Aug, Oct, Dec.)   Our next reading will tak...

by Melanie Barnard   South Norwalk, after a couple of years of relative dormancy, seems to be coming alive again. With the advent of new condominiums and office spaces, there is much more foot traffic, and those folks get hungry. All of which is good news for this historic part of town, and Quartino Trattoria & Vineria is front and cente...

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies - Call for Papers "Representations of Friendship in Medieval Italian Literature" Deadline for Abstract Submissions: September 1, 2014   In the Vita Nuova, Dante refers to Guido Cavalcanti as "primo de li miei amici," and in novellas I.2 and IV.9 of the Decameron the underlining theme is...

By Rosa Colucci Little Italy Days started in 2002 with a mission to celebrate Bloomfield's Italian heritage. Event planner Sal Richetti was involved from the start. As owner of Big Day Entertainment and a Bloomfield native, he booked the entertainment for the festival. That all changed three years ago. "The festival was going to fold and so I volu...

di Alberto Magnani   Menù di vini, carta dei piatti. Un refuso? No: il principio che anima Mulino a Vino, il wine restaurant che ha appena aperto i battenti nel cuore di Manhattan. I clienti possono scegliere tra una selezione di 50 vini italiani al bicchiere o alla bottiglia, con abbinamenti preparati su misura dallo chef Davide Scabin: il...